I specialize in ancient and medieval history and also teach broader courses like the First Year Seminar on Doing History in the 1950s, and now one on the First World War. I recently team-taught an upper-level Humanities course called The Golden Age in the Modern Era, which focused on 18th-century Paris, 19th-century Vienna, and mid-twentieth-century New York City.

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Doing History in the 1950s

The purpose of this seminar is, first, to explore changing tastes in the field of history by comparing what was written in the previous generation to what is being written today, and second, to examine the Landmark Series, published in 185 volumes by Random House in New York City in the 1950s and early '60s. Students will read on topics, mostly of their choice, comparing books written in the U.S. in mid-century to the best of current scholarship on those same topics.


First World War

An exploration of World War I -- the war itself as well as its impact on society and culture in Europe, the United States and the rest of the world.


Ancient Europe

The Ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome to c. 500 C.E. Coverage of social, intellectual, political, cultural, and religious developments.


Medieval Europe

European social, intellectual, political, cultural, and religious developments from the break up of the Roman Empire (c.500) to the Renaissance (c.1450).


Fall of Rome

Examination of the events and interpretations of the Late Roman Empire, including the rise of successor kingdoms in the West and the survival of the Eastern (Byzantine) Empire.


The Crusades

The Crusading movement from 1095 to 1291, including its origins, decline, relations with both Byzantium and Islam, and its impact.


Senior Seminar in History

A required course for all majors. Discussion-based meetings will explore a specific historical topic and the related historiography. Students will conceive, design, and execute their own research project connected to the main topic of the seminar. All seminars include an assignment encouraging students to integrate and to reflect upon their varied classroom, travel study, and internship experiences over the course of the major.


History of Ideas in Context II

Texts and ideas from a variety of disciplines and genres (including the humanities, fine arts, and political philosophy) in both Western and non-Western cultural contexts. Topics will vary.


  • The Personnel of the Norman Cathedrals during the Ducal Period, 911-1204 (Institute of Historical Research of the University of London, 2006). pp. 345. The book is a biographical register of about 1,500 clergy for all seven cathedrals of Normandy (Avranches, Bayeux, Coutances, Evreux, Lisieux, Rouen, and Sées).
  • Medieval Europe: A Short Sourcebook (New York:John Wiley and Sons, 1982), pp. 246.  Fully revised second edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1992), pp. 281.  Fully revised and expanded third edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997), pp. 366.  Fully revised and expanded fourth edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002), pp. 403.

Selected Other Publications

  • "The Secular Clergy of Normandy and the Crusades," Crusading and Pilgrimage in the Norman World, eds K. Hurlock and P. Oldfield (The Boydell Press, 2015), pp 81-102.
  • "Additions and Corrections to David S. Spear, The Personnel of the Norman Cathedrals during the Ducal Period, 911-1204 (London: Institute of Historical Research, 2006), forthcoming in Tabularia.
  • "Lanfranc et Guillaume Bona Anima: Vies Parallels," in Autour de Lanfranc, edited by V. Gazeau (Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2011), forthcoming
  • "Robert of Mortain and the Bayeux Tapestry," New Research on the Bayeux Tapestry: The Proceedings ofa Conference at the British Museum, edited by M. J. Lewis, G. R. Owen-Crocker, and D. Terkla, 75-80 (Oxford:Oxbow Books, 2011).
  • "An Overlooked Letter of Pope Innocent III for Rouen," De Part et d'Autre de la Normandie Médiévale: Recueil d'études en hommage à François Neveux (Caen, 2009) (Cahier des Annales de Normandie, no. 35): 397-412.
  • "The Double Display of Saint Romanus of Rouen in 1124," in a special journal issue "Henry I and the Anglo-Norman World," The Haskins Society Journal 17 (2006): 117-132.
  • "Robert of Torigni," The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).
  • "Power, Patronage, and Personality in the Norman Cathedral Chapters, 911-1204,"Anglo-Norman Studies 20 (1998): 205-21.
  • "La Composition des Chapitres des cathédrales normandes à l'époque ducale," in Chapitres et Cathédrales en Normandie, 169-174 (Caen, Musée de Normandie, 1997).
  • "L'administration épiscopale normande:archidiacres et dignitaires des chapitres," Les évêques normands du XIème siècle, edited by P. Bouet and F. Neveux, 81-102 (Presses Universitaires de Caen, 1995).
  • "The School of Caen Revisited," The Haskins Society Journal 4 (1992): 55-66.
  • "L'oeuvre administrative d'Henri Ier Beauclerc," Le Domfrontais Médiéval 12 (1992): 21-27.
  • "Les chanoines de la cathédrale de Rouen pendant la période ducale," Annales de Normandie 41 (1991): 135-76
  • "Geoffrey Brito, Archbishop of Rouen (1111-1128)," The Haskins Society Journal 2 (1990): 123-37.
  • "William Bona Anima, Abbot of St. Stephen's, Caen (1070-79)," The Haskins Society Journal 1 (1989): 51-60
  • "Les dignitaires de la cathédrale de Rouen pendant la période ducale," Annales de Normandie 37 (1987): 121-47.
  • "Une famille ecclésiastique Anglo-Normande: l'evêque Ouen d'Evreux et l'archevêque Thurstan d'York," Etudes Normandes 35:3 (1986): 21-27.
  • "Les archidiacres de Rouen au cours de la période ducale," Annales de Normandie 34 (1984): 15-50
  • "Les doyens du chapitre cathédral de Rouen durant la période ducale," Annales de Normandie 33 (1983): 91-119.
  • "The Norman Empire and the Secular Clergy, 1066-1204," Journal of British Studies 21 (1982): 1-10.
  • "Research Facilities in Normandy and Paris:A Guide for Students of Medieval Norman History," Comitatus 12 (1981): 40-53.
  • Member of an advisory committee to engaged in the reformulation of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, Bayeux, France (2013-14).
  • Participant in Mellon Grant on "Teaching Religion and Global Encounters (June 2011 and June 2012).
  • Participant in Mellon Travel-Study Grant, "Crusaders, Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land" (June 2010).
  • Participant in Mellon Travel-Study Grant on the Byzantine Empire, (June 2006).
  • William M. Burnett endowed chair in History (1996-1998)
  • Alistair G. Furman Distinguished Teaching Award (1994-95).
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