College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Suzanne LaVere

Dr. LaVere

Suzanne LaVere, Associate Professor
E-mail: laveres@ipfw.edu
Office:
LA201
Office Hours: -  On Sabbatical
Phone: 260-481-6696

Suzanne LaVere received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2009.  She is an intellectual historian of northern Europe during the High Middle Ages, with research focusing on the Catholic Church in the 12th and 13th centuries.  Her first monograph, Out of the Cloister:  Scholastic Exegesis of the Song of Songs, 1100-1250, which is an extensive revision of her dissertation, is forthcoming from E.J. Brill.  She is also the author of "From Contemplation to Action: The Role of the Active Life in the Glossa Ordinaria on the Song of Songs," which appeared in Speculum in 2007. This article received the Van Courtland Elliot Prize from the Medieval Academy of America for best first article in medieval studies.  In addition, Dr. LaVere held the A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Studies at the Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame in 2011-12.  She is currently working on a second book that will examine the Church’s drive for reform in the High Middle Ages through the lens of biblical commentaries, sermons, and treatises by cathedral school masters and Church officials, examining the various ways these figures wrote about the issues facing the Church during this period.

 

Research Interests:

Medieval intellectual history, history of the Church in the 12th and 13th centuries, biblical exegesis, heresy, medieval preaching and sermon studies

Book project:  The Writing of Reform in the Long Twelfth Century, 1050-1215

Other works in progress: 

Book chapter-“’A Priest Is Not a Free Person’: Condemning Clerical Sins and Upholding Higher Moral Standards in the Gemma Ecclesiastica.” 

Articles in various stages:

  • on interpretation of the so-called biblical “pastoral epistles” of Timothy and Titus in the 12th century
  • on sermons by the medieval popes Innocent III and Honorius III
  • on the misattribution of three manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which attempts to uncover the true author
  • on depictions of Joan of Arc in early and mid-20th century American books for children and young adults 

 

Publications:

"From Contemplation to Action: The Role of the Active Life in the Glossa Ordinaria on the Song of Songs," Speculum 82:1 (2007): 54-69

Out of the Cloister:  Scholastic Exegesis of the Song of Songs, 1100-1250 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2016) Forthcoming

“’A Priest Is Not a Free Person’: Condemning Clerical Sins and Upholding Higher Moral Standards in the Gemma Ecclesiastica.”  To be included in a forthcoming volume on Gerald of Wales published by the University of Wales Press.

 

Courses:

Fall 2017 

On Sabbatical 


Spring 2018
-HIST H113 Western Civilization to 1500

-HIST H205 Ancient Civilization

-HIST H225 Witchcraft and Witch Hunts

-HIST H225 Honors - Witchcraft and Witch Hunts