- Basic Information
- Awards & Honors
- Areas of Interest
Professor of History
Office: East 313
- M.A. and Ph.D. in History | Duke University
- B.A. in Medieval Studies | The City College, New York City
- Catalyst 220: Trials and Tribulations: Re-creating Medieval and Early Modern Trials
- History 101: Introduction to the Study of History
- History 200: Maymester: The Albigensian Crusade (on-site in Southern France)
- History 200: In Focus: Old Italy, New Italy (on-site in Rome)
- History 214: Greek and Roman Society
- History 210: Introduction to ARMS (Ancient, Renaissance and Medieval Studies)
- History 220: Non-Conformity and Deviance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
- History 221: The Medieval World: Faith, Power, Order
- History 222: The Uses of the Arthurian Legend
- History 289: Playing in the Past: Understanding History through Interactive Games
- History 300: Topics in Western Spirituality
- History 330: Women and Family in Early Modern Europe
- History 335: Renaissance Florence: Politics, Art, and Intellectual Life
- History 490: Senior Seminar
Awards & Honors
- Senior Class Teaching Awards (2009 & 2014)
- ACM FaCE grant (with Tom Sienkewicz and Tim Chasson) ; The Power of Place: Facing the Challenges of On-Site Teaching and Researching” 2012
- Curriculum Development Grants, Ripon College (1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005,2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2019)
- “Living with Art in Renaissance and Baroque Europe,” Council of Independent Colleges' Summer Seminar, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia (2011)
- Homer Across the Curriculum: The Iliad, Council of Independent Colleges' Summer Seminar, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, D.C. (2006)
- ACM FaCE Grant, “Teaching Medieval Studies” (2006)
- Elected to executive board of TEAMS [The Consortium of the Teaching of the Middle Ages] (2004 – 2007)
- Elected to Chair, Program Committee of TEAMS [The Consortium of the Teaching of the Middle Ages] (2004 – 2007)
- James Underkofler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2003)
- May Bumby Severy Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching (2000; 1989)
- History Department Scholarship, Duke University (1980-1982)
- Summer Fellow, Medieval Academy of America’s Latin Paleography Seminar at Harvard University (1980)
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies Fellow, Duke University (1977-1980)
- Phi Beta Kappa Centennial Medal for Outstanding Honors Paper, The City College
- Review article, “Twice-Told Tales: Retelling the Lives of the Saints,” in History: Reviews of New Books, 43:1–4, 2015.
- Afterward, “The Humanism of Janet Goodhue Smith,” in Chasson, Robert Timothy and Thomas J. Sienkewicz. The Power of Place: A Festschrift for Janet Goodhue Smith. Chicago: Associated Colleges of the Midwest, 2012.
- Chapter (with Leslie Bessant and Deano Pape), “Introducing the Liberal Arts through a Multi-Layered First-Year Studies Program,” in Jean M. Henscheid (ed.), Integrating the First-Year Experience: The Role of First-Year Seminars in Learning Communities, Monograph No. 39 (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 2004): 85-93.
- Book review of Robert Bartlett’s The Hanged Man: A Story of Miracle, Memory, and Colonialism in the Middle Ages in History: Reviews of New Books 33, 1 (Fall 2004): 24.
- Review article in Method &Theory in the Study of Religion 7, 1 (1995): 89-93.
- Book review of Thomas Head’s Hagiography and the Cult of Saints: The Diocese of Orleans, 800-1200 in Journal of the American Academy of Religion 60, 2 (Summer, 1992): 338-341.
- Chapter, “Marital Imagery in Six Late Twelfth- and Early Thirteenth-Century Vitae of Female Saints,” in Lynda Coon et al., That Gentle Strength: Historical Perspectives on Women in Christianity (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1990): 60-78.
- Article, “Medieval Mini-Seminars for Freshmen and Sophomores: ‘King Arthur and Legendary History’ and ‘Courtly Love: Fact or Fiction?’ Teaching the Middle Ages IV (1990): 105-114.
- Book review of William Chester Jordan’s From Servitude to Freedom: Manumission in the Senonais in the Thirteenth Century in Alumni Magazine (June 1986).
- Article, “The Order of the Texts in the Bodley 34 Manuscript: The Function of Repetition and Recall in a Manuscript Addressed to Nuns,” Proceedings of the Illinois Medieval Association 3 (1986): 207-218.
Areas of Interest
- Medieval hagiography
- Women and family in medieval and Renaissance Europe