For Katherine Smith, history gives us the tools to imagine a better future.

Professor of History Katherine Smith studies what scholars sometimes refer to as “the long 12th century,” encompassing the social and political events from around 1050 to 1200 CE. As a member of the Puget Sound faculty since 2005, Smith has taught a wide variety of classes in the History Department. Both of her books, War and the Making of Medieval Monastic Culture and The Bible and Crusade Narrative, were inspired by classroom discussions. She is currently working on a new book that examines life in the Middle Ages through everyday objects. We sat down with Smith to talk about the parallels between the 12th century and today, about helping students find fellowship opportunities, and about what we can learn from the study of history.