Peter B. Ritzma Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History
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Geographic Field(s): Medieval and Early Modern European History
Thematic Field(s): Gender and Sexuality History; Religious History
Principal Research Interest(s): Medieval Sexuality, Gender, and Spirituality
Dyan Elliott (Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1989) is a medieval historian who has published widely on medieval gender and religious history. At present, she is working on a book length analysis of the medieval clergy and sexual scandal. She has also recently completed a historical novel entitled A Hole in the Heavens (forthcoming with Bagwyn press – a subsidiary of Arizona State University’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies).
- The Bride of Christ Goes to Hell: Metaphor and Embodiment in the Lives of Pious Women, 200-1500. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.
- Proving Woman: Female Mysticism and Inquisitional Practice in Late Medieval Europe. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2004.
- Fallen Bodies: Pollution, Sexuality, and Demonology in the Middle Ages. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999.
- Spiritual Marriage: Sexual Abstinence in Medieval Wedlock. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1993.
I accept students who are engaged with many aspects of the cultural history of the high and later Middle Ages. My most recent graduates are Anne Koenig (PhD, 2013; presently Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Florida) and Melissa Vise (PhD, 2015; presently Visiting Assistant Professor in Italian Studies at New York University). Anne’s dissertation was entitled “Out of Their Minds: Madness, Medicine and Society in late Medieval Germany”; Melissa’s dissertation was entitled "The Threat of the Tongue: Illicit Speech in Late Medieval Italy (1250-1450)."
- The Early Middle Ages.
- The High Middle Ages.
- The Medieval Misfit.
- Medieval Sexuality.
- Medieval Women.
- Saints and Sinners in the Middle Ages.
Recent Awards and Honors
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Research Fellowship, 2021.
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, 2020.
- ACLS Fellowship, September 2016- September 2017 .
- National Humanities Center Fellowship, 2012-13.
- Elected fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, March 2010.