Medieval History

Medieval History

Graduate Program

Medieval History

Program Information

There are numerous medieval history faculty available on campus to students. The resources of the Medieval Institute and over twenty medievalists in other departments are also available to those specializing in medieval history. Students may study many geographic regions at WMU including: Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Central Europe, and China. We particularly welcome applicants interested in the medieval Mediterranean, social history, and religion and culture in comparative perspective.

The largest contingent of our 50-60 actively enrolled graduate students is in medieval history. Graduate work in medieval history at Western Michigan University includes field preparation through readings and topics courses, original research on primary sources in seminars, and rigorous training in historical methods and theory. All students are continuously enrolled in Latin until they pass a graduate course in medieval Latin and all students study other medieval or modern languages related to their program.

The Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies

Medieval Institute

Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies


Medieval History Faculty

Berkhofer, Robert. (Harvard) France and England in the High Middle Ages, social and legal history

Berto, Luigi Andrea. (University of Venice) Medieval History, Early Middle Ages, Italy and the Mediterranean

Elder, E. Rozanne. (Toronto) Medieval intellectual history, monasticism; Director, Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies

Murray, James. (Northwestern) Urban and Ecomonic History of the Low Countries in Late Middle Ages; Director, Medieval Institute

Palmitessa, James R. (New York University) Europe ca. 1400-1800, society and religion, urban history, material culture, central Europe

Simon, Larry J. (UCLA) Spain, Italy, and the Mediterranean, Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations; Editor, Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World series (Brill Publishers)

Xiong, Victor C. (Australian National) Chinese history and archaeology (Sui-Tang period), urban, social and cultural history

Emeritus Faculty

Beech, George. France and England in the High Middle Ages, social and institutional history, founding Co-Editor, Medieval Prosopography

Breisach, Ernst. Historiography and historical theory, Renaissance Europe



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