Ph.D. University of Toronto, Centre for
Medieval Studies, 1987
M.A. University of Toronto, 1979
B.A. University of British Columbia, 1978
University of Guelph:
Director of First Year Seminars, 2011-2016
College of Arts, Dean, 2001-2006
Department of History, 2001-
University of Toronto, Centre for Medieval Studies, Graduate faculty, 2001-
University of Windsor, Department of History, 1988-2001
Visiting Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto 2017-2018
Donald Bullough Fellowship in Mediaeval History,
Department of Mediaeval History, University of
St. Andrews, Scotland, 2016-2017
Guelph Woman of Distinction - Education, May 2014
3M National Teaching Fellow, 2014
(Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education)
John Bell Teaching Excellence Award, 2013
(University of Guelph)
D2L Innovation Award, 2013
(Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education)
Special Merit Award, 2011
(University of Guelph Faculty Association)
masculinity and male sexuality
theological and cultural ideas about gender and sexuality, marriage and family
post-secondary pedagogical innovation and research
areas of research for graduate supervision
medieval social and ecclesiastical history
history of sexuality
women in the Middle Ages
editor with Nicholas Terpstra, Sex, Gender and Sexuality in the Italian Renaissance, Introduced by Jacqueline Murray (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2019).
editor, Marriage in Premodern Europe: Italy and Beyond (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012).
editor, Love, Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages. A Reader (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2001), xiv, 524.
editor, Conflicted Identities and Multiple Masculinities: Men in the Medieval West (New York: Garland, 1999).
co-editor with Konrad Eisenbichler. Desire and Discipline. Sex and Sexuality in the Premodern West, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996).
articles and book chapters
“The Battle for Chastity: Miraculous Castration and the Quelling of Desire in the Middle Ages,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 28, no. 1 (2019): 96–116.
“Masculinity and Male Sexuality in the Middle Ages,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies, edited by Paul E. Szarmach (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).
"Family Life in the Middle Ages," in Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies, edited by Paul E. Szarmach (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
editor and author introduction, "A Miscellaneous Medievalist: Essays in Honour of Margaret Wade Labarge" - special issue, Florilegium 28 (2011).
with Ruth Mazo Karras, “The Sexual Body," in A Cultural History of the Human Body, vol. 2., edited by Monica Green (London: Berg, 2010), 63-80.
"Flexible Friendships: Martha Vicinus Explores Women's Intimacy," Journal of Women's History 20, no. 4 (Winter 2008): 146-50.
"Remember When We Couldn't See the Women?" Medieval Feminist Forum 44, article 7 (2008): 81-85. online: http://ir.uiowa.edu/mff/vol44/iss1/7
“One Flesh, Two Sexes, Three Genders?” in Professing Gender in Medieval Europe: New Perspectives, edited by Lisa Bitel and Felice Liftchitz (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), 52-75.
“Sexual Mutilation and Castration Anxiety: A Medieval Perspective," in The Boswell Thesis. Essays on Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, edited by Mathew Kuefler (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), 254-72.
“Historicizing Sex, Sexualizing History," in Writing Medieval History, edited by Nancy Partner (London: Hodder, 2005), 133-52.
"Masculinizing Religious Life: Sexual Prowess, the Battle for Chastity and Monastic Identity," in Holiness and Masculinity, edited by K.J. Lewis and P. Callum (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2004), 24-42.
"'The Law of Sin that is in My Members': The Problem of Male Embodiment." In Gender and Holiness. Men, Women and Saints in Late Medieval Europe, edited by Samatha J.E. Riches and Sarah Salih (London: Routledge, 2002), 9-22.
"Blessing Unions Through the Ages," National Post (December 7, 2000), A18.
"Mystical Castration: Some Reflections on Peter Abelard, Hugh of Lincoln and Sexual Control," in Conflicted Identities and Multiple Masculinities: Men in the Medieval West, edited by Jacqueline Murray. New York: Garland Press, 1999), 73-91.
"Individualism and Consensual Marriage: Some Evidence from Medieval England," in Women, Marriage, and the Family in Medieval Christendom, Essays in Memory of Michael M. Sheehan, edited by Joel T Rosenthal and Constance M Rousseau (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, 1998), 121-51.
"Gendered Souls in Sexed Bodies: The Male Construction of Sexuality in Some Medieval Confessors' Manuals," in Handling Sin: Confession in the Middle Ages, edited by Peter Biller and A.J. Minnis (York, England: Boydell & Brewer, 1998), 79-93.
"Men's Bodies, Men's Minds: Seminal Emissions and Sexual Anxiety in the Middle Ages." Annual Review of Sex Research 8 (1997): 1-26.