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Department of History

Dr. Katherine ClarkDr.Clark

Office: 317 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 585.395.2880
E-Mail: kaclark@brockport.edu

Specialization

  • Medieval European History, especially gender, culture and religion

Education

  • Ph.D. Indiana University, 2002 - Department of History
    Dissertation: "Pious Widowhood in the High and Later Middle Ages"
  • MA Indiana University, 1995 - Medieval History
  • BA, magna cum laude,University of Richmond, 1991 - History and Music

Awards and Honors

  • SUNY Brockport Provost's Post-Tenure Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • SUNY Brockport Faculty Incentive Grant, Spring 2010
  • SUNY Brockport UUP Faculty Development Grant, 2007-2008
  • SUNY Brockport Faculty Incentive Grant, Fall 2007
  • Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst Re-Invitation Program Grant, Summer 2007
  • SUNY Brockport Faculty Incentive Grant, Spring 2007
  • SUNY Drescher Award, Spring 2007
  • SUNY Sponsored Programs Incentive Funds, Spring 2005
  • Andressohn Fellowship and Hill Dissertation Fellowship, Department of History, Indiana University, 1998
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of History, Indiana University, 1998
  • College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, Indiana University, 1998
  • Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst Annual Grant and Extension, 1995-1996
  • Annual Anderssohn Awards, Department of History, Indiana University, 1995-1997
  • Fulbright Finalist, 1995
  • Newberry Consortium Grant, Indiana University, 1994
  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Fellowship, 1992-1993

Courses Taught

  • H101 The Ancient World
  • H335 Roman Empire
  • H336 Medieval Europe
  • H390 Research Seminars: Medieval Sexuality and Gender, Medieval People
  • H444/544 Medieval Women
  • H445/545 The High Middle Ages
  • H600 Historical Methods
  • H648 Tolerance and Persecution in Medieval Europe

*Future courses I would like to offer at Brockport include Ancient Rome, Tolerance and Persecution in Premodern Europe, and The Middle Ages Through Literature and Film.

 Publications

  • “Putting on the Garment of Widowhood’: Medieval Widows, Monastic Memory and Historical Writing,” Quidditas 31:1 (2010) The Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, 22-76.
  • Thematic Review:  “Visible Negotiations:  Widowhood as a Category for Assessing Women’s Lives and Work in Early Modern Europe,” Gender and History (21:1 April 2009) 190-195.
  • “Purgatory, Punishment, and the Discourse on Holy Widowhood,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, (16:2 May 2007) 169-203.
  • “Vowesses," in Women and Gender in Medieval Europe, eds. Margaret Schaus, Thomas Izbicki, Susan Mosher Stuard, et al. (Routledge, 2006), 822-823. 
  • Review of Constructions of Widowhood and Virginity, eds. Cindy Carlson and Angela Jane Weisl in The Medieval Review, http://www.hti.umich.edu/t/tmr/ , 2000.

Conferences and Presentations

  • “Visualizing The Widow’s Spiritual Bereavement:  Medieval Texts, Renaissance Images,” New York State Association of European Historians, September 2009.  
  • “A Household Full of Rogues:  The Chaste Widow and Household Advice Literature in Early Modern Europe” on the panel, “Widows, Beloveds, Working Women, and Modernity: Perspectives on Women, Gender and Family,” Upstate New York Women’s History Organization (UNYWHO) Conference at Hobart and William Smith College, March 7, 2008. 
  • “Keeper and Spy of Deeds and Conscience:  The Powers and Functions of Religious Widowhood in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe,” New York State Association of European Historians, September 2008.  Presented as part of a panel, “Women, Power, and Religion in Medieaval and Modern Europe” that included presentations by Janine Peterson of Marist College and Tricia Peone, an alumna of the SUNY Brockport BS and MA programs; commentary by Timothy Thibodeau of Nazareth College.
  • “Who Gave These Laws?:  Bestiaries, The Widow’s ‘Nature,’ and the Nature of Women in Later Medieval Pastoral Care,” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England,  July 2008
  • “The Singlewomen and the Ratherrn:  Sexual Fantasy and Social Opportunity in Later Medieval Nuremberg,” seminar on “Singlewomen” led by Judith Bennett and Susan Amussen, Berkshires Conference on the History of Women, June 2008 
  • “Putting on the Garment of Widowhood’: Medieval Widows, Monastic Memory and Historical Writing” at the international conference, “The Merry Widow:  Widowhood in History, Society, and Culture” sponsored by the Center for Gender, Culture, and Society of the University of Wales, Swansea, July 2007 
  • Clothed in the Garments of Widowhood:  Medieval Ceremonies Consecrating Widows to Chastity,” Medieval Academy of America, Boston, April 2006
  • “The Chaste Widow at Home:   Domesticity and the Sacred Space of the Vere Vidua,” New York State Association for European Historians Conference, West Point Military Academy, September 2005
  • Invited Paper, "Piety, Prophecy, and Punishment: The Purgatorial Visions of Holy Widows in the High and Later Middle Ages," German Historical Institute, Washington D.C., October 2003.
  • "Danger and Discretion: Pious Widows in Preachers' Exempla," Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 2003.
  • "The Widow and the World: Secular Models of Medieval Widowed Piety," 35th International Medieval Studies Conference, Western Michigan University, May 2000. 

Current Projects

Dr. Clark has recently completed her first book manuscript, The Profession of Widowhood:  Widows, Pastoral Care, and Medieval Models of Holiness .  She is currently working on several new projects, one on liturgies for women in medieval illuminated pontificals (books of rituals), and another on domestic violence in the lives of women saints in the Later Middle Ages. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Putting on the Garment of Widowhood’: Medieval Widows, Monastic Memory and Historical Writing,” Quidditas 31:1 (2010) The Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, 22-76.

 

Thematic Review:  “Visible Negotiations:  Widowhood as a Category for Assessing Women’s Lives and Work in Early Modern Europe,” Gender and History (21:1 April 2009) 190-195.

“Purgatory, Punishment, and the Discourse on Holy Widowhood,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, (16:2 May 2007) 169-203.

 

“Vowesses," in Women and Gender in Medieval Europe, eds. Margaret Schaus, Thomas Izbicki, Susan Mosher Stuard, et al. (Routledge, 2006), 822-823.

 

Review of Constructions of Widowhood and Virginity, eds. Cindy Carlson and Angela Jane Weisl in The Medieval Review, http://www.hti.umich.edu/t/tmr/ , 2000.  

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Events

The Robert Marcus lecture will be on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 pm in the New York Room in Cooper Hall.