Katherine Smith teaches the history of Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, including more specialized courses on disease, pre-modern women, the Crusades, and medieval warfare. Her research interests relate to aspects of Christian spirituality and its relationship to violence in Western Europe during the Central Middle Ages (900–1200 AD). She has published articles in Speculum, Viator, Church History, and The Journal of Medieval History. Smith is the co-editor, with Scott Wells, of Negotiating Community and Difference in Medieval Europe (Brill, 2009), and the author of War and the Making of Medieval Monastic Culture (Boydell & Brewer, 2011). Book chapters include: “Spiritual Warriors in Citadels of Faith: Martial Rhetoric and Monastic Masculinity in the Long Twelfth Century,” in Negotiating Clerical Identities: Priests, Monks, and Masculinity in the Middle Ages (2010). Smith is working on two projects: a monograph on the use of biblical imagery and language in the Latin chronicles of the First Crusade; and a 2nd edition of Medieval England, c.500-1500: A Reader, for University of Toronto Press.
B.A., Vassar College, 1998; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., New York University, 1999, 2001, 2004