Katherine L. Jansen is a historian specializing in the history of medieval Italy, religious culture, and women and gender. Her most recent book is Peace and Penance in Late Medieval Italy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018). Since 2000 she has also published Medieval Italy: Texts in Translation (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), co-edited with Frances Andrews and Joanna Drell; Charisma and Religious Authority: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Preaching, 1200-1500, co-edited with Miri Rubin (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010); and Center and Periphery: Essays on Power in the Middle Ages in Honor of William Chester Jordan, co-edited with Guy Geltner and Anne E. Lester (Leiden: Brill, 2013). In addition, she is the author of the award-winning book, The Making of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later Middle Ages (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000). Professor Jansen has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, The American Academy in Rome, Villa I Tatti (The Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, among others. She has also been Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins University and Princeton University.
In 2019 she was appointed Editor of Speculum, the leading journal of medieval studies in North America. In 2020 she was elected Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. She is currently at work on a book entitled The Relics of Rome.
Professor Jansen continues to accept Ph.D. students and welcomes especially those whose interests lie at the intersection of religion, society, women and gender, and topics that focus on late medieval Italy.
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Peace and Penance in Late Medieval Italy
Katherine L. Jansen, Peace and Penance in Late Medieval Italy (Princeton University Press, 2018)Learn More
Center and Periphery
Katherine L. Jansen, G. Geltner and Anne E. Lester, ed., Center and Periphery: Studies on Power in the Medieval World in Honor of William Chester Jordan (Brill, 2013)
Charisma and Religious Authority
Katherine L. Jansen and Miri Rubin, ed., Charisma and Religious Authority: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Preaching, 1200-1500 (Brepols, 2010)Learn More
Medieval Italy: Texts
Katherine L. Jansen, Joanna Drell, and Frances Andrews, ed. Medieval Italy: Texts in Translation (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009)Learn More
The Making of the Magdalen
Katherine L. Jansen, The Making of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later Middle Ages (Princeton University Press, 2000)Learn More