Katherine Smith

Katherine SmithBA, 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, the Crusades, and warfare.  Her research interests relate to various aspects of Christian spirituality in Western Europe during the Central Middle Ages (c.900 – c.1200), in particular the relationship between religion and violence as manifested in the early crusading movement. Her articles have appeared in Speculum, Viator, Church History, The Journal of Medieval History, and the Journal of Medieval and Renaissance History.  Her first monograph, War and the Making of Medieval Monastic Culture (Boydell & Brewer, 2011), was a finalist for the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book in the History of Religion prize.  In addition, she has co-edited, with Emilie Amt, the second edition of Medieval England, 500-1500: A Reader (University of Toronto Press, 2018) and, with Scott Wells, Negotiating Community and Difference in Medieval Europe (Brill, 2009). Her new book project, tentatively entitled, Holy War and the Bible in Twelfth-Century Europe, explores the ways in which biblical imagery and biblical exegetical methods inform the Latin chronicles of the First Crusade.

Spring 2020 courses:
   History 304, "Renaissance Europe"
      meets MF 12:00-1:20, Wyatt 305
   SSI2 194, "Castles"
      meets MWF 9-9:50, Wyatt 305
Office hours:  Tu 10-11:30, Fri 1:30-2:30