Katherine Smith

BA, Vassar College, 1998
MA, MPhil, PhD, New York University, 1999, 2001, 2004

Katherine Allen Smith teaches medieval and early modern European history, as well as the first part of the Western Civilization survey, the Doing History methods course, and upper-division courses on women and gender and the Crusades.  Her research interests relate to various aspects of Christian spirituality and monasticism in Western Europe during the Central Middle Ages (c.900 – c.1200), and she has published articles on these subjects in Speculum, Viator, Church History, and The Journal of Medieval History.  She 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).  She is currently working on two projects: the first deals with the roles of monks and secular clerics within the early crusading movement as participants, promoters, and chroniclers; and the second is a study of the ritual aspects of life in monastic communities, with a focus on rites of entrance into religious life and the ceremonies surrounding death and burial in the monastery.

On leave 2017-2018