Administrative Director of the Committee on Medieval Studies
Ph.D. University of Chicago
Sean Gilsdorf is Administrative Director and Lecturer on Medieval Studies, and an affiliate member of the Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology. His research addresses the intellectual, religious, and political history of the early and high Middle Ages, focusing upon post-Carolingian western and central Europe. He is the author of The Favor of Friends: Intercession and Aristocratic Politics in Carolingian and Ottonian Europe (Brill Publishers, 2014) and Queenship and Sanctity: The Lives of Mathilda and the Epitaph of Adelheid (Catholic University of America Press, 2004), and editor of The Bishop: Power and Piety at the First Millennium (Lit-Verlag, 2004). Dr. Gilsdorf is active in the field of digital Medieval Studies; in addition to editing (with Laura Morreale) Digital Medieval Studies: Practice and Preservation (ARC Humanities Press, 2022), he is the director (with Daniel Smail) of a forthcoming digital humanities resource for K-12 teachers, Medieval Object Lessons, and an inaugural member of the Transcription Challenge Framework advisory board. Since 2021, he has served as Chair of the Medieval Academy of America's Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA).