Monika Winiarczyk is PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, where she completed her undergraduate degree in History of Art and a Masters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Her research focuses on the representation of women and religious minorities within medieval Christian art, as well as medieval depictions of the human body. More specifically she is interested in the iconography of the medieval Christian personification of Judaism, Synagoga. Her thesis entitled, If you prick her, will she bleed? Synagoga and Medieval Female Jewish bodies, examines the figure of Synagoga in relation to medieval ideas surrounding the Jewish and female body.