Katherine L. Jansen

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Katherine L. Jansen

Catholic University of America

Department of History

Washington, D.C. 20064

(202) 319-5484



Abbreviated CV

Academic & Administrative Appointments:

Chair, Dept. of History, Catholic University of America, Fall 2015-

Ordinary Professor, Department of History, Catholic University of America, 2012-

Visiting Professor, Princeton University, 2010-2011

Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Fall 2008 and Fall 2004
Acting Director, Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies, Catholic University of America, Fall 2008 & Spring 2013
Acting Chair, Dept. Department of History, Catholic University of America,

Fall 2005

Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of History,

The Catholic University of America, 2000-2012

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Catholic University of America,


Assistant in Instruction, Department of History, Princeton University, 1990-91
Princeton University: Ph.D. in History, 1995 (Davis Prize for History Dissertation)
Princeton University: M.A. in History, 1990
New York University: B.A. in History (summa cum laude), 1988

Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica, 1992-93

Studium, Congregazione per le cause dei santi (auditrice straordinaria), 2006

The Making of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later Middle Ages (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000; paperback 2001) [Russian translation: Moscow, 2007]
Medieval Italy: Texts in Translation, a co-edited volume of sources in translation with Frances Andrews and Joanna Drell (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009; paperback, 2010)
Charisma and Religious Authority: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Preaching, 1200-1500, a co-edited volume with Miri Rubin (Turnholt: Brepols, 2010)
Center and Periphery: Studies on Power in the Medieval World in Honor of William Chester Jordan, co-edited with G. Geltner and Anne Lester ((Leiden: Brill, 2013)
The Practice of Peace in Late Medieval Italy (manuscript submitted to publisher)

“Mary Magdalen and the Mendicants in late Medieval Italy,”

William Jordan, advisor (Department of History, Davis Prize for Dissertation, Princeton University, 1996)

Awards and Honors:
The Making of the Magdalen selected for the ACLS History e-book project, 2007
• John Gilmary Shea Book Prize, Catholic Historical Association, 2002
• Phi Alpha Theta Award for Best First Book in the Field of History, 2001
The Making of the Magdalen chosen as “Le choix des Annales,” Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales July-August (2000).
• Princeton University Davis Prize for History dissertation, 1996
Summa cum laude, 1988
Phi Beta Kappa, New York University, 1987
Phi Alpha Theta, New York University, 1987

Grants and Fellowships:
• Lester K. Little Resident, American Academy in Rome, Sp. 2014
• Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Fall 2013
• Invited Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2008-2009 (declined)
• ACLS Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2006-07
• Fulbright Fellowship for Italy, Su. 2007
• National Humanities Center Fellowship, 2006-07 (declined)
• Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence Italy, 2002-03
• Membership, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, 2002-03 (declined)
• British Academy International Joint Activities Grant, 2002-2004 for collaborative project with Miri Rubin, Professor of Early Modern History, University of London
• National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, 1999-

• CUA Faculty Grant-in-Aid, 2004-08, 2000-01, 1998, 1996

• Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, 1994-95
• Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Research Grant, 1994
• Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, 1993-94
• American Historical Association, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Research Grant, 1993
• Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University, 1992-93 (awarded to students displaying the highest scholarly excellence in graduate work during the year)
• Fulbright-Hays Fellowship (Rome), 1991-92
• Rollins Prize, Princeton University, 1990-91
• Davis Prize, Princeton University, 1988-90
• University Fellowship, Princeton University, 1988-91
• Committee for Italian Studies Grant, Princeton University, 1993, 1992, 1991
• Committee on Regional Studies Grant, Princeton University, 1993, 1991
• Group for the Study of Late Antiquity Research Grant, Princeton University, 1991, 1990
• APGA Research Grant, Princeton University, 1990
• Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Summer Fellowship, Latin Paleography, 1989
“Foreword,”Mary Magdalen in Medieval Culture: Conflicted Roles, ed. Peter Loewen and Robin Waugh (New York: Routledge, 2014), xv-xx.
Pro bono pacis. Crime and Dispute Resolution in Late Medieval Florence: the Evidence of Notarial Peace Contracts,” Speculum 88.2 (April 2013): 427-56.
“Peacemaking, Performance & Power in Thirteenth-Century San Gimignano” in Center and Periphery: Studies on Power in the Medieval World in Honor of William Chester Jordan, co-edited with Guy Geltner and Anne Lester (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 93-106.
“Preaching as Playwriting: A Semi-Dramatic Sermon of the Fifteeenth Century” in Defenders and Critics of Franciscan Life: Essays in Honor of John V. Fleming, ed. Michael Custato and Guy Geltner (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 237-247.
“Miraculous Crucifixes in Late Medieval Italy,” in Signs, Wonders, Miracles: Representations of Divine Power in the Life of the Church [Papers read at the 2003 Summer Meeting and the 2004 Winter meeting of the Ecclesiastical History Society] Studies in Church History vol. 41 (2005): 203-227.
“Florentine Peacemaking: the Oltrarno, 1287-1297,” in Pope, Church and City: Essays in Honor of Brenda Bolton (Leiden: Brill, 2004), 327-344.
“Mary Magdalen as Model for Uncloistered Religious Women of Late Medieval Italy,” in Donne tra medioevo ed età moderna in Italia: richerche, ed. Giovanna Casagrande (Perugia: Morlacchi, 2004), 103-152.
“Innocent III and the Literature of Confession,” in Innocenzo III: Urbs et Orbis, 2 vols., ed. Andrea Sommerlechner, vol. 1 (Rome, 2003), 369-382.
“L'arrivée de Marie-Madeleine à Vézelay” La Bible de le monde vol. 143 (June, 2002): 35-37.
“Like a Virgin: The Meaning of the Magdalen for Female Penitents of later Medieval Italy,” Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 45 (2000): 131-52.
“Maria Magdalena: Apostolorum Apostola,” in Women Preachers and Prophets through Two Millennia of Christianity, eds. Beverly Kienzle and Pamela Walker (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998), 57-96.
“Le fonti erudite nel lectio antoniana del Liber Naturae” in Il ‘Liber Naturae’ nella ‘lectio’ antoniana, ed. Fernando Uribe, OFM (Rome: Edizioni Antonianum, 1996), 145-159.
“Mary Magdalen and the Mendicants: The Preaching of Penance in the Middle Ages,” Journal of Medieval History 21/1 (1995): 1-25.

Nino Zchomelidse, Art, Ritual, and Civic Identity in Medieval Southern Italy (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014) (June 2015, TMR)

Mario Ascheri, The Laws of Late Medieval Italy (1000-1500): Foundations for A European System (Leiden: Brill, 2013) in Speculum 90.1 (2015): 202-204.
Ottó Gecser, The Feast and the Pulpit: Preachers, Sermons and the Cult of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, 1235-ca. 1500 (Spoleto: Fondazione Centro italiano di studi sull’alto medioevo, 2012) in Catholic Historical Review, vol. (Oct. 2013): 783-785.
Caroline Walker Bynum, Christian Materiality: An Essay on Religion in Late Medieval Europe (New York: Zone Books, 2011) in TMR (Mar. 2012).
Joan Mueller, A Companion to Clare of Assisi: Life, Writings, and Spirituality (Leiden: Brill, 2010) in Journal of Ecclesiastical History vol. 63.1 (Jan. 2012):145-46.
Holly Flora, The Devout Belief of the Imagination: The Paris ‘Meditationes vitae Christi’ and Female Franciscan Spirituality in Trecento Italy (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009) in TMR (29 June 2010).
Lezlie Knox, Creating Clare of Assisi:  Female Franciscan Identities in Later Medieval Italy, (Leiden: Brill, 2009) in Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, vol. 10.1 (Sp. 2010): 116-118.
Guy Geltner, Medieval Prisons: A Social History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008), QMed , University of London (Oct. 2009).
F. Thomas Luongo, The Saintly Politics of Catherine of Siena (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004) in American Historical Review, vol. 112.5 (Dec. 2007): 1594-95.
Alison Knowles Frazier, Possible Lives: Authors & Saints in Renaissance Italy (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005) in Catholic Historical Review vol. 93. 4 (Oct. 2007): 932-934.
Rosa Maria Dessì, ed., Prêcher la paix et discipliner la société: Italie, France, Angleterre (XIII-XVe siècles) (Turnholt: Brepols, 2005) in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 58. 3 (July 2007): 544-546.
Elizabeth Makowski, ‘A Pernicious Sort of Woman:’ Quasi-Religious Women and Canon Lawyers in the Later Middle Ages (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2005) in The Jurist.
Theresa Coletti, Mary Magdalene and the Drama of Saints: Theater, Gender, and Religion in Late Medieval England (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2004) in Medium Aevum vol. LXXIV 2 (2005): 359-360.
André Vauchez, Esperienze religiose nel Medioevo (Rome: Viella, 2003) in Speculum vol. 80 (2005): 1383-1385.
Herbert Kessler and Joanna Zacharias, Rome 1300: On the Path of the Pilgrim (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000) in Catholic Historical Review vol. (2005): 150-154.
Samantha Kelly, The New Solomon: Robert of Naples (1309-1343) and Fourteenth Century Kingship (Leiden: Brill, 2003) in TMR 04.11.16
Walter Simons, Cities of Ladies:Beguine Communities in the Medieval Low Countries (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001) in Renaissance Quarterly (2003): 504-506).
Alain Boureau, The Myth of Pope Joan (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001) in American Historical Review vol. 107.3 (June, 2002): 926-27.
Cynthia Polecritti, Preaching Peace in Renaissance Italy: Bernardino of Siena & His Audience (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press, 2000) in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 53 no. 4 (October, 2002): 802-04.
Frances Andrews, The Early Humiliati (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999) in American Historical Review vol. 106.5 (2001): 1853-54.

Joanna Cannon and André Vauchez, Margherita of Cortona and the Lorenzetti: Sienese and Art and the Cult of a Holy Woman in Medieval Tuscany (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999) in Studies in Iconography 22 (2001):169-72

Helen Jewell, Women in Medieval England (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1996) in Continuity and Change 12/2 (August 1997): 312-14.
Susan Haskins, Mary Magdalen: Myth and Metaphor (New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1994) in The Catholic Historical Review (July 1995): 413-16.

Reference Entries and Textbook Chapters
“Mary Magdalen,” in Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, ed. Larissa J. Taylor et al. (Leiden: Brill, 2010), 386-390.
“The Word and Its Diffusion,” in Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 4: Christianity in Western Europe, c. 1100-c. 1500, eds. Miri Rubin and Walter Simons (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 114-132.

“A Sermon on the Virtues of the Contemplative Life” Medieval Christianity in Practice, ed. Miri Rubin (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009), 117-125.

“Mary Magdalen,” in Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia, ed. Margaret Schaus (New York: Routledge, 2006) [Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages, vol. 12], 531-34.
“Mary Magdalen and the Contemplative Life,” in Medieval Religion: New Approaches, ed. Constance Berman (New York: Routledge, 2005), 249-271.
“Poor Clares,” Supplement to the Dictionary of the Middle Ages, vol. 14 (New York: Charles Scribner and Sons, 2004), 485-490.
“Mary Magdalene,” in Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion (New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1998).
Invited Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops:
Public Lecture, “Remigio dei Girolami on Peace and Concordia in Dante’s Florence,” Giornata di Studio su Dante in occasione della 750° della nascita, Castello dei Guidi Poppi (Ar), Italy (21 June 2015)
Public Lecture, “Preaching, Penance, and Peacemaking in Late Medieval Italy,”

Harvard University (20 Oct. 2014)

Workshop Leader, Medieval Studies Workshop, “Comparative Dimensions of Medieval Peacemaking,” Harvard University (21 Oct. 2014)
Public Lecture & Dialogue: “Medieval Peacemaking and Modern Conflict Resolution in Comparative Perspective” with Michael van Walt van Praag (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), Villa La Pietra, NYU Florence (25 Feb. 2014)
Lecture, “The Problems of Peacemaking in Late Medieval Florence”

School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2 Dec. 2013)

Seminar, “Notaries and Notarial Culture in Late Medieval Florence,” Medieval Seminar, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (10 Dec. 2013)

Public Lecture, “The Practice of Peace in Late Medieval Florence,” Columbia University (27 Sept. 2012)

Public Lecture, “The Politics of Peacemaking in Late Medieval Florence,” Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (15 Feb. 2010)
Invited Lecture, “Early Christian Rome,” CUA Summer Program in Rome, Rome, Italy (19 May 2010)
Public Lecture, “Mary Magdalen, Superstar: the Making of a Medieval Saint,” John Cabot University, Rome, Italy (22 April 2009)
Public Lecture, “The Making of the Magdalen,” Emmanuel College, Boston (20 Sept. 2007)
Invited lecture, “The Fulbright: An American Perspective,” Fulbright Commission, Rome (22 June, 2007)
Public Lecture, “Demystifying Mary Magdalen,” American Academy in Rome (30 Nov. 2006)

Public Lecture, “Mary Magdalen, Apostle,” Rice University, Houston, TX (26 Oct. 2006)

Public Lecture, “Il Codice San Prospero: la ‘vera’ Maddalena, ” L’associazione culturale di Perugia e il Comune di Perugia, Perugia, Italy (29 Sept. 2006)
Invited lecture, “Demystifying the Da Vinci Code: The Case of Mary Magdalen in History, Legend, and Fiction,” Iowa State University Rome Program, Rome, Italy (10 Oct. 2005)
Public Lecture, “Medieval Italy: A Virtual Tour,” Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C. (15 Sept. 2005)
Invited lecture, “Demystifying the Da Vinci Code: The Case of Mary Magdalen in History, Legend, and Fiction,” co-sponsored by the Lay Center and the Institute of Urban Iconography, Rome, Italy (19 April, 2005)
Public Lecture, “Mary Magdalen, Apostle,” Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (15 Oct. 2004)
Seminar Presentation, “Peacemaking Practices in Late Medieval Florence,” Dept. of History, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (14 Oct. 2004)
Public Lecture, “Contemplating Mary Magdalen: Images of the Medieval Saint,” National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (28 March 2004)
Seminar Presentation, “Making Peace in the Oltrarno, 1287-1297,” Dept. of History Colloquium, Catholic University (Feb, 2004)
Workshop Leader, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London (July, 2003)
Invited Lecture, Medieval History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London (March, 2003)
Invited Lecture, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (May, 2002)
Keynote Address, Barry University, Miami, Florida (April, 2002)

Public Lecture, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (Feb., 2002)

Seminar Presentation, Dept. of English, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (Feb., 2002)
Seminar Presentation, European History Seminar, University of California at Los Angeles (Nov., 2001)
Public Lecture, Medieval and Renaissance Center, University of California at Los Angeles (Nov., 2001)
Inaugural Angleton Lecture, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (Sept., 2001)
Public Lecture, Humanities Colloquium Series, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York (Oct., 2001)
Public Lecture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (Sept., 2001)
Public Lecture, Madeleine Festival, Salt Lake City, Utah (April, 2001)

Lunchtime talk, Catholic University of America, Nutrimenta Series (Mar., 1999)

Invited Lecture, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (February, 1998)
Public Lecture, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (October, 1996)
Public Lecture, Pomona College, Claremont, CA (February, 1996)
Public Lecture, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy (May, 1995)

Conference Panels & Comments:

“Bodies and the Practice of Peace in late Medieval Italy,” in “Bodies in the City, 1300-1600” panel sponsored by the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, April 2016
“Penance & Peace in late Medieval Italy,” Mediterranean Connections, Delaware Valley Medievalist Association, Johns Hopkins University, 19 April 2015
Conference co-organizer and presenter, “Peacemaking and Dispute Resolution in Medieval Italy,” American Academy in Rome, 9 April 2014
Panel organizer and presenter, “Peacemaking, Performance & Power in Thirteenth-Century San Gimignano” in The Politics of Peace-making: In Honor of William C. Jordan, Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, April 2013
Comment, “Preaching to Place: Prague Sermons from the Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries,” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New Orleans, Jan. 2013
Invited Speaker, “The Spiritual Geography of Charles II of Anjou” in “Geographies of Desire”: A Medieval and Early Modern Interdisciplinary Conference University of Maryland, College Park, April 27-28, 2012

Comment, Suzanne Miller, “Blood and Water: The Personal Politics of Colonial Administration,” Colloquium, Dept. of History, Catholic University of America, 12 April 2012

Panel organizer and Presenter, “Penance and Peace-making in Late Medieval Italy,” The New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Sarasota Florida, 8-12 March 2012
Speaker, “The End of Exile: Peace Contracts in Late Medieval Florence,” 86th Annual Meeting Medieval Academy of America, 15 April 2011, Scottsdale, Arizona
Invited Speaker, “Rome on the Arno: Two Florentine Foundation Legends,” at “Foundations of Cities: International Conference of ‘The Concept of Urban Change,’ Research Group,” Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 22-24 February, 2009

Invited Speaker, “The Fulbright at 60,” A symposium in honor of the Italian-American Fulbright Exchange Program, Italian Embassy, 19 Sept. 2008, Washington, D.C.

Invited Speaker, “Preaching and Playwriting in late medieval Italy,” A conference in honor of Christopher Brooke, Institute of Historical Research, 19 June 2007, London
Invited Speaker, “Preaching and Public Life in the Italian City Republics” at “Preaching and Public Life,” University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, 14 June 2007
Invited Speaker, “Observing the Observants” at “‘A Literary Apostolate’: Franciscans, Lovers and Critics in Medieval and Early Modern Europe A Conference Held in Honor of John V. Fleming,” Princeton University, 21-22 April 2006
Invited Speaker, “Social Capital and Civil Society in Italy and the Netherlands VI: Violence, Feud, and Peace-making in Florence,” panel at Renaissance Society of America, San Francisco, 23-25 March 2006
Speaker, “Demystifying the Da Vinci Code: The Case of Mary Magdalen” lecture as part of Women’s History Month at CUA, 21 March, 2006
Invited Speaker, “The Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy: Editorial and Other Approaches,” University of Toronto, Canada (5-7 November, 2005)
Invited Speaker, “Theaters of Medieval Spiritual Expression or Religion in the Streets” for “The City”, a seminar meeting organized by Miri Rubin and Ira Katznelson, King’s College, Cambridge University, Cambridge (24-25 July 2005)
Invited Speaker, “Il popolo minuto fiorentino e la pace nel Duecento,” at Conference entitled, “Pace e Guerra in Toscana medievale” sponsored by the Consilio Regionale di Toscana, Florence, Italy (27 November 2004)
Invited Speaker, in panel “Miraculous Madonnas and Crucifixes,” Villa I Tatti Sponsored Session, Renaissance Society of America (April, 2004)
Invited Speaker, “Peacemaking in the Oltrarno, 1287-1297,” “New Directions in Medieval Studies,” Harvard University (Oct., 2003)
Plenary Speaker, British National Commission CIHEC & The Ecclesiastical History Society Conference, “Signs, Wonders, and Miracles,” Exeter, England (July, 2003)
Invited Presenter, “Religion and the State III: Identity and Communication,” a meeting organized by Miri Rubin and Ira Katznelson, King’s College, Cambridge University, Cambridge (23-24 July 2003)
Invited Participant, “Religion and the State II: Toleration,” a meeting organized by Miri Rubin and Ira Katznelson, Clare College, Cambridge University, Cambridge (July, 2002)
Speaker and session organizer, “Embodying Penance in late Medieval Italy,” The Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (April, 1999)

Invited Speaker, “Innocent III: Urbs et Orbis,” International Colloquium organized by La Società Romana di Storia Patria, Rome and Vatican City (September, 1998)

Chair and Commentator, “Mulieres Sanctae in Medieval Italy,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May, 1998)
Invited Speaker, “Religion and Society,” Anglo-American Conference, Institute of Historical Research. University of London, England (July, 1996)
Invited Speaker, “Sant'Antonio da Padova," Pontifical Institute, Antonianum, Rome, Italy (Nov. 1995)
Invited Speaker, "Varieties of Religious Experience,” 1995-1997 Project, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers, NJ (Oct. 1995)
Speaker, International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, Dublin, Ireland (July 1994)
Speaker, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England (June, 1994)
Speaker, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May, 1994)
Speaker, Commissione per gli scambi culturali fra Italia e gli stati uniti. Amalfi, Italy (October 1992)
Speaker, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, SUNY-Binghamton, NY (October, 1990)
Speaker, Colloquium in Medieval Studies, Princeton University (1990)
Speaker, Colloquium in Women's Studies,Princeton University (1990)

Television Interviews and Media Consultation:
On-camera interview for The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, PBS, (airdate; 19 May 2006)
On-camera interview for The Da Vinci Code, documentary for the Discovery Channel
On-camera interview for A&E's Biography series, program on Mary Magdalen (airdate: June, 2000)
Academic Consultant, four episodes of the "Rise of Christianity: The Second Millennium," for A&E (airdate: Dec., 2000)
Academic Consultant, “On the Trail of Pope Joan,” a Primetime Special with Diane Sawyer (airdate: 29 December, 2005)

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