- First Name
- Last Name
- United States
- Ball State University
- Website URL
- medieval, women, France, family, social history, patronage, material culture
- Media Contact
- Additional Contact Information
- About Me
I am an historian of medieval Europe, focusing on the social history of France in the eleventh and twelfth century. Currently, I am the Associate Dean of the Honors College and Professor of History at Ball State University. In spring 2019 I was a visiting fellow at Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge and in 2020 became a life member.
Before coming to Ball State, I was a professor of history at Wittenberg University in Ohio. There I taught courses ranging from the history of medieval women to the crusades. My commitment to teaching was recognized by the Medieval Academy of America in 2017 when I received the Medieval Academy/CARA award for Excellence in Teaching.
I also co-edit the newly launched journal, Medieval People: Networks, Kinship and Social Bonds.
- Recent Publications
Out of Love for My Kin: Aristocratic Family Life in the Lands of the Loire, 1000-1200 AD. Cornell University Press, 2010 (paperback 2015).
Medieval Lives, c. 1000-1285: The World of the Beaugency Family (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2018)
Those Who Pray, Those Who Fight, and Those Who Work: Essays in Honor of Joel Rosenthal. Co-editor with Caroline Barron.
Writing Medieval Women’s Lives, co-edited with Charlotte Newman Goldy, Palgrave, 2013. Co-wrote the introduction and contributed an essay. (paperback 2016).
Recent Articles and Essays:
“‘Daughter of Fulk, Glory of Brittany:’ Countess Ermengarde of Brittany,” Anglo-Norman Studies 40 (2018): 165-178.
“The Lives of Unremarkable Men: Two Lords of Beaugency,” in Louis VII and His World, ed. Michael Bardot and Larry Marvin, Brill, 2018, pp. 146-166.
“‘You will dwell with barbarous and uneducated men:’ Countess Ermengarde and Political Culture in Twelfth-Century Brittany” in History: The Journal of the Historical Association 102 (December 2017): 858-873.
“Pious Women in a ‘Den of Scorpions:’ The Piety and Patronage of the Countesses of Brittany, c. 1050-1150,”Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques 43 (2017): 45-61.
“Inheritance in the Lands of the Loire, 1050-1200 AD, A Contrast to Nordic Practice,” in Donations and Inheritance: Strategies, Relations and Historical Developments from the Late Roman Period to Modern Times, ed. Helle Vogt and Helle Sigh, Routledge, 2017, pp. 115-129.
“Recalculating the Equation: Powerful Woman = Extraordinary,” Medieval Feminist Forum, vol. 51, no. 2 (2016): 17-29.
“Extraordinairement ordinaire: Ermengarde de Bretagne, femmes de l’aristocratie et pouvoir en France au Moyen Age, v. 1090-1135,”Annales de Bretagne et des pays de l’Ouest, 21(2014): 7-24.
- Media Coverage
- Historical Consultant for the National Geographic Documentary “Engineering the Impossible: Chartres Cathedral,” which aired air on the National Geographic Channel June 28, 2007. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1015518/?ref_=nm_knf_t1
- Country Focus
- France, England
- Expertise by Geography
- England, France, Western Europe
- Expertise by Chronology
- Expertise by Topic
- Art & Architectural History, Family, Gender, Material Culture, Politics, Religion, Women