History of Medieval Europe


Suzanne Conklin Akbari  Medieval Studies

Professors Emeriti

Caroline Walker Bynum  Medieval European History

Giles Constable  Medieval History

Patrick J. Geary  Medieval History

Medieval history in the School of Historical Studies has a distinguished record, which began with the appointment of Ernst Kantorowicz in 1951 on the basis of his studies on Frederick II.  While at the Institute, he wrote his most important book, The King's Two Bodies: A Study in Medieval Political Theology (1957), whose influence reached far beyond the field of medieval studies and is still regarded as a classic of historical scholarship.  A few years after Kantorowicz's retirement, the School appointed Kenneth Setton, who specialized in the history of the Crusades, and then Giles Constable (Professor 1985-2003, Emeritus 2003-present), who has made fundamental contributions in the area of intellectual and religious history, concentrating especially in the central and late Middle Ages.  The high standards and international reputation of medieval studies at the Institute was further enhanced with the appointment of Caroline Walker Bynum (Professor 2003-2011, Emerita 2011-present).  Bynum has pioneered the study of medieval women, introducing the category of gender in the study of religiosity, intellectual history and spirituality, including in her internationally acclaimed book Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women (1987).

The current professor's interests range from historical ethnicity, nationalism, genetic history and Carolingian monastic culture to comparative history, the history of memory, and the study of religious research in all areas of medieval studies broadly conceived and encourage applications from qualified scholars from anywhere in the world.  The School aspires to both depth and diversity in bringing together every year a group of distinguished scholars in the broad area of medieval civilization.

Members, 2018-2019

= first term only  = second term only

Michelle Armstrong-Partida
University of Texas at El Paso
Medieval Gender, Sexuality, and Women's History
KU Leuven (University of Leuven)
Iconology, Medieval Art, Anthropology
Ralf Bockmann
German Archaeological Institute, RomeByzantine Archaeology and History of Art
Warren Brown
California Institute of TechnologyEarly Medieval Social History
Hans Hummer
Wayne State University
Social History of Medieval Europe
Sylvie Joye 
Université de Lorraine, Nancy
Early Medieval History, Gender & Family
Johannes Pahlitzsch
Johannes Gutenberg- Universität Mainz
Byzantine Studies
Eric Palazzo
University of Poitiers
Medieval Art History and Medieval Liturgy
Alison Locke Perchuk
California State University Channel IslandsHistory of Medieval Art and Architecture
Cosmin Popa-Gorjanu
University of Alba Iulia
Medieval Nobility, Social History
Kansai Gaidai University
Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian Studies
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Renaissance and Late Medieval Art History


Member Columba Stewart acts to save manuscripts from ISIS


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New book published by former Visitor Alexander O'Hara.


Past Members, Visitors, and Research Assistants