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University of Southern Mississippi
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early medieval Europe, Christianity, travel, migration, cultural history
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About Me

Courtney Luckhardt is assistant professor of medieval history at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she received her BA in history from UCLA, and her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. She currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Her research focuses on the religious and cultural history of the early Middle Ages (ca. 400 – 1000 AD).  She is at work on her first book, The Charisma of Distant Places: Travel and Religion in the Early Middle Ages. Her work explores how and why migration, communication, exchange, and travel were such integral parts of religious and cultural life in medieval Europe, contributing to the larger picture of how religious travel (including pilgrimage and mission) fit into the larger picture of early medieval travel, which thus far has largely focused on secular political and commercial exchange.

Dr. Luckhardt teaches courses on all aspects of the Middle Ages, including courses on the Vikings, medieval travel, Mediterranean history, the early and later medieval survey courses, as well as the first half of the World Civilization survey.

She also has extensive experience teaching online at all levels, and has published an article, “Teaching Historical Literacy and Making World History Relevant in the Online Discussion Board,” in the peer-reviewed journal, History Teacher.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
England, France, Mediterranean
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Migration & Immigration, Religion, Slavery, Women