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Ursinus College
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Crusades, violence, religious violence, Christianity, Christian violence, history of ideas, history of emotions, cultural history, historiography, Europe, Mediterranean, medieval, Middle Ages, twelfth century
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About Me

Dr. Throop is Associate Professor and Department Chair of History at Ursinus College and General Co-Editor of the book series Christianities Before Modernity. Previously she served as Director of the Teaching & Learning Institute at Ursinus.

After completing an M.A. as a Mellon Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies, she received her Ph.D. in History in 2006 from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar from 2001-2005. Before joining the faculty at Ursinus College, she worked in specialist retail copywriting at Brookstone, Inc.

As a scholar, Dr. Throop studies religion, violence, ideology and emotion in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, particularly in the context of the medieval crusading movement. Her current projects are broad histories of the crusades, one aimed at the general public and another at undergraduate students.

Open Access versions of her publications can be found at

As a teacher, she particularly enjoys teaching historiography as well as thematic courses on cultural topics like chivalry, gender/sexuality, the crusading movement, the Black Death, and interfaith relations. While insisting on rigor and traditional skills development, she is also deeply interested in how non-traditional pedagogies can further advance undergraduate education. This has led her to publish on teaching and learning, develop new course/s utilizing the Reacting to the Past pedagogy (, and collaborate to create a digital humanities course–Bears Make History: Digital Entrepreneurship in the Archives and Online.

Recent Publications

Book Series            

Gregory, Rabia, Kathleen E. Kennedy, Susanna A. Throop, and Charlene Villaseñor Black, eds. Christianities Before Modernity. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications-ARC Humanities Press.


Riley-Smith, Jonathan and Susanna A. Throop. The Crusades. 4th ed. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, under contract.

Throop, Susanna A. The Crusades: An Epitome. Leeds: Kismet Press, under contract.

Lapina, Elizabeth, April J. Morris, Susanna A. Throop, and Laura Whatley, eds. The Crusades and Visual Culture. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2015.

Throop, Susanna A. Crusading as an Act of Vengeance, 1095-1216. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011.

 Hyams, Paul R. and Susanna A. Throop, eds. Vengeance in the Middle Ages: Emotion, Religion and Feud. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010.

Recent articles & chapters               

Throop, Susanna A. “‘Not Cruelty But Piety’: Circumscribing European Crusader Violence. ” Chap. 25 in The Cambridge World History of Violence, Vol. 2 AD 500-AD Edited by Deborah Tor, Harriet Zurndorfer, and Richard W. Kaeuper. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, under contract.

Throop, Susanna A. “Mirrored Images: The Passion and the First Crusade in a Fourteenth-Century Parisian Illuminated Manuscript (BnF MS fr. 352).” The Journal of  Medieval History 41/2 (2015): 184-207.

Throop, Susanna A. “Acts of Vengeance, Acts of Love: Crusading Violence in the Twelfth Century.” Chap. 1 in War and Literature. Edited by Laura Ashe and Ian Patterson. Essays & Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2014.

 Throop, Susanna A. “Christian Community and the Crusades: Religious Practices in the De expugnatione Lyxbonensi.” Haskins Society Journal 24 (2012): 95-126.


Essays for the Khan Academy:


Goldsmith, Meredith, Megan Hanscom, Susanna Throop, and Codey Young, “Growing Student-Faculty Partnerships at Ursinus College: A Brief History in Dialogue,” International Journal for Students as Partners 2 (2018).

Throop, Susanna A. “Using Technology for Questioning.” Page 57 contribution in Bowen, José Antonio and C. Edward Watson, Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical  Guide to Designing Better Classes. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, 2017.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Mediterranean, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Pedagogy, Religion