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Lois Huneycutt

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
area: Medieval women; European history
office: 114A Read Hall
phone: 573-882-5862

B.A. University of California, Riverside, 1986
M.A. University of California, Riverside, 1987
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1992

Professor Huneycutt specializes in medieval European history. Her research focuses on history of women and the family, the political history of England, France, and Scandinavia, and the development and reception of Christianity within the various cultures of western medieval Europe. She teaches the medieval surveys (History 3590 and 3600) and a variety of specialty courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including “Medieval France,” "The Vikings in European History," "Women and the Family in Medieval Europe."

Professor Huneycutt's publications include articles on European queenship and the role of royal and noble women in the 11th and 12th centuries. After completing a biographical study of England's Queen Matilda II, who reigned from 1100-1118 as a consort of King Henry I, she is now engaged in a study of the reception and rejection of Christian teachings in northern Europe in the period before 1200.

Undergraduate Teaching

Professor Huneycutt's undergraduate courses include the following

  • History 1500: Foundations of Western Civilization
  • History 1540: England before the Glorious Revolution
  • History 1560: The World of the Middle Ages
  • History 1590: Women and Family in the Pre-Modern West
  • History 3590: Europe in the Early Middle Ages
  • History 3600: Europe in the Later Middle Ages
  • History 4550: Age of the Vikings
  • History 4000: Medieval France

In addition, Professor Huneycutt regularly teaches capstone seminars (History 4971). Recent topics have included “Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years War,” "The Medieval British Monarchy," "The Normans in European History," and "Aristocratic Women in the High Middle Ages."

Graduate Teaching

Professor Huneycutt supervises students at both the PhD and the MA level. She usually teaches at least one formal graduate-level course every academic year and leads both reading and writing groups on an ongoing basis. The list of former students and their dissertation/thesis titles illustrates the scope of the medieval history graduate program:

PhD Dissertations Directed

Autumn Dolan (2015), “Once Mistress of the World:” Rome, St Peter and Female Devotion in the Early Middle Ages.

Nina Kay Verbanaz (2014), "Per dilectam conuigem et regnorum consortem:” Empresses' Role in Building the Salian Dynasty, 1024-1125.

Rebecca L. Jacobs-Pollez (2012), The Education of Noble Girls in Medieval France: Vincent of Beauvais and De eruditione filiorum nobilium.

Mark Alan Singer (2012), Abiding in the Fields: Pastoral Care and Society in Late Antiquity and in Anglo-Saxon England.

Russell Goodrich (2010) Scandinavians and Settlement in the Eastern Irish Sea Region during the Viking Age.

Tiffany A. Ziegler (2010) I Was Sick And You Visited Me: The Hospital of St John in Brussels and its Patrons.

Former MA Students

Alexis Miller (2011), “The Making of a Frontier Society: Northeastern Wales between the Norman and Edwardian Conquests.”

Katherine E. Sheffield (2010), “The Kingdom of the English is of God”: The Effects of the Norman Conquest on the Cult of the Saints in England.”

Daniel J. Menold (2010), “An Unintended Order: The Centrality of Character and Circumstance in the Twelfth-Century Gilbertine Communities.”

Autumn Dolan (2009), “We Have Chosen A Few Things From Among Many: The Adaptations and Suitability Of Nuns' Rules In Merovingian Gaul.”

Nina K. Verbanaz (2008), "Portrayals of Women in Violent Situations in Texts of the High Middle Ages."

Rebecca L. Swaters (2007), "Exchange And Settlement Patterns as Evidence for Social Stratification and Developing Complexity in Prehistoric and Early Christian Ireland."

Mark Alan Singer (2006), “Holding the Border: Power, Identity, and the Conversion of Mercia.”

Sara Esther (2005), "The Spanish-English Horse Trade in the Later Middle Ages."

Lindsey O'Donnell (2004), "Render Unto Caesar: Ecclesiastical Identity in Thirteenth-Century North Wales."

Jason W. Evans (2003), "Reform on His Own Terms: The Personal Piety of William the Conqueror."

Robyn K. Ramsey (2003), "Women and the Feminine in the Letters of St. Bernard of Clairvaux."

Kristi B. Keuhn (2002), "'For You Are All One In Christ Jesus': St. Anselm's Spiritual Friendships with Women.”

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Lois Huneycutt
Professor Huneycutt

Above, Professor Huneycutt begins her in-depth explanation of the intricacies and workings of a Viking ship.

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Matilda of Scotland