Cher Casey earned her MA from the University of York and her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz where she taught for six years following her degree. Her doctoral thesis explores the medieval and early modern textile skull reliquaries of Cologne’s 11,000 Holy Virgins. Supervised jointly by Emanuele Lugli and Jane Hawkes, Cher's interdisciplinary project investigates the sacred, cultural, textual, medical, and material elements of these skulls. She explores the relics within the fabric of Cologne's religious institutions, as well as their pan-European circulation and display. As highly decorated objects that embodied the virgin martyrs' earthly presence, she incorporates discussion of sacred place and space, intellectual and religious networks, and cloistered female labour.