Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane, Ph.D.

Professor of Medieval & Early Modern European History

  • 2012 UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award
  • 2013 Horace T. Morse University of Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

National & International Fellowships Coordinator

Camden Hall 112

University of Minnesota, Morris

Morris, MN 56267

(320) 589-6186

Ph.D. History - Northwestern University, 2000

B.A. History / Honors - University of Washington, 1992

I am a historian of late-medieval Europe, although my reading and teaching interests extend both to the ancient and the early modern. My research focuses on medieval religious movements and communities, the intersections of domestic and sacred space, the emergence and application of the construct of heresy, inquisitorial procedures, and gender. I am also interested in lay female religious communities across and beyond the medieval centuries, and in the relationship between spirituality, discipline, gender, institutions, and the social order.

Spring 2018 Courses:

History 3207: The Crusades

History 4501: Senior Seminar

Other Courses:

  • History 1111: Themes in World History
  • History 1819: Cathedrals as Historical Sources
  • History 2103: Medieval Europe
  • History 3008: The Making of the Islamic World
  • History 3101: Renaissance & Reformation
  • History 3181: The Study of History
  • History 3210: Popular Religion, Heresy, and Inquisition in the Middle Ages
  • History 3704: Gender, Women, and Sexuality in the Middle Ages
  • IS 3217 (Honors): The Trial of Galileo
  • IS 3248 (Honors): Art & History of the Crusades


Work in Progress:

Herbert Grundmann: Essays on Heresy, Inquisition, Literacy. York Medieval Press. Editor, translations by Steven Rowan (in progress, expected publication 2018)

Between Orders and Heresy: Rethinking Medieval Religious Movements. Co-editor with Anne E. Lester. University of Toronto Press (in progress)

Sisters Among: Beguine and Lay Religious Women's Communities in Late-Medieval Germany (monograph in progress)

"The Curious Life and Afterlife of the Vienne Decrees" (article in progress)


Labels and Libels: Naming Beguines in Northern Medieval Europe. Co-editor with Letha Böhringer and Hildo van Engen. Brepols, 2014.

A History of Medieval Heresy and Inquisition. Rowman & Littlefield, 2011.

"Hospitality and Home in the Middle Ages," in Katherine French, ed. Cultural History of the Home. Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2018.

“Elastic Institutions: Beguine Communities in Early Modern Germany,” in Alison Weber, ed. Devout Laywomen in the Early Modern World. Routledge, 2016.

“Women’s Kinship Networks: Work, Space, Genealogy, Text” (with Michelle Dowd, Julie Eckerle, and Megan Matchinske), in Merry Wiesner-Hanks, ed. Early Modern Women: Remapping Routes and Spaces. Ashgate Press, 2015.

"From Case Studies to Comparative Models: Wuerzburg Beguines and the Vienne Decrees," in Boehringer, Deane, and van Engen, eds. Labels and Libels: Naming Beguines in Northern Medieval Europe. Brepols 2014.

"Pious Domesticities," in Judith Bennett and Ruth Mazo Karras, eds. Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe. Oxford, 2013.

"Did Beguines Have a Late-Medieval Crisis?" Early Modern Women, forum on Joan Kelly's "Did Women Have a Renaissance," vol 8 (2013): 275-288.

"Medieval Domestic Devotion," History Compass, 11/1 (2013): 65-76.

"Geistliche Schwestern: The Pastoral Care of Lay Religious Women in Wrzburg," in Fiona Griffiths and Julie Hotchin, eds. Partners in Spirit: Women, Men and Religious Life in Germany, 1100 – 1500. Brepols, 2012.

“Inquiring Minds: Teaching Heresy and Inquisition through Role-Playing,” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, 19/2 (2012): 23-48.

"The Auffahrtabend Prophecy and Henry of Langenstein: German Adaptation and Transmission of the "Visio fratris Johannis," Viator, 40:1 (2009): 355-386.

"Beguines" Reconsidered: Historiographical Problems and New Directions, Monastic Matrix , Commentaria 3461 (August 2008).

"Archiepiscopal Inquisitions in the Middle Rhine: Urban Anticlericalism and Waldensianism in Late Fourteenth-Century Mainz," The Catholic Historical Review, Volume 92, Number 3 (July 2006): 197-224.

Selected Reviews:

Karen Sullivan, The Inner Lives of Inquisitors (University of Chicago Press, 2011) in Speculum, vol. 88/1 (2013): 344-46.

Caterina Bruschi, The Wandering Heretics of Languedoc (Cambridge University Press, 2009), in Speculum 87/3 (2012): 850-52.

Nancy Bradley Warren, The Embodied Word: Female Spiritualities, Contested Orthodoxies, and English Religious Cultures, 1350-1700 (Notre Dame, 2010) in Renaissance Quarterly, 64, 3 (Fall 2011): 986-88.

Leigh Ann Craig, Wandering Women and Holy Matrons: Women as Pilgrims in the Later Middle Ages (Brill, 2009) in Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 63, No. 1 (Spring 2010): 197-99.

Heresy in Transition: Transforming Ideas of Heresy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Ian Hunter, John Christian Laursen, and Cary J. Nederman (Ashgate, 2005), in The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 93, No. 2 (April 2007): 398-399.

The Monstrous Middle Ages, ed. Bettina Bildhauer and Robert Mills (University of Toronto Press, 2003), in Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Winter 2007).

Selected Grants & Honors

UMM Founders Scholar, 2013-2014

Visiting Scholar, Universitaet Tuebingen, Summer 2012

NEH Summer Stipend, 2011

University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid of Research, 2015, 2011, 2007

University of Minnesota Imagine Grant, 2010, 2009, 2008

University of Minnesota International Travel Grant, 2008, 2006

UMM Faculty Research Enhancement Funds, 2005 - 2017

DAAD Annual Research Grant, 1996-1997

Northwestern University graduate funding, 1993-1995

Phi Beta Kappa, 1989

Last Updated July 29, 2017