Madonna J. Hettinger
Lawrence Stanley Professor of Medieval History

Department of History
The College of Wooster
Wooster, OH 44691
(330) 263-2439

    Ph. D.    Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1986.
                     Dissertation Title: "The Role of the Statute of Labourers in the Social and
Economic Background of the Great Revolt in East Anglia."
        Major:         Medieval European History.
        Minors:     Western Europe, 1400-1789.
                                        Western Europe since 1789.
Outside:       Interdisciplinary Program in Medieval Studies.
        Focus on Inner Asia in the Middle Ages.
    M.A.      Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1979.
        MAJOR:  History
    B.A.       Saint Francis College, Fort Wayne, IN, 1977.
        MAJOR:  History.


    The College of Wooster:
    Department of History, Women’s Studies Program, Pre-Law Program

    2005-current:  Professor
    1998:  Named to the Lawrence Stanley Chair of Medieval History
    1995-2005:  Associate Professor
    1989-1995:  Assistant Professor

Disciplinary Courses Taught:  Western Civilization; Medieval Europe; Renaissance Europe; Plague in the Towns of Tuscany; Women and Children in the Middle Ages;
Laws and Outlaws; The Plague; Courting A Renaissance; Seminar in English Law;  Making History:  Theory and Methods.
Interdisciplinary Courses Taught:  Mystics, Popes, and Pilgrims; First-Year Seminar on Race, Class, Gender and Culture; First-Year Seminar on Knowledge, Power and Responsibility; First-Year Seminar on Rock and Roll and Race and Class and Boys and Girls;  First-Year Seminar on Inventing Great Britain; Introduction to Women's Studies; The Theory and Practice of Law.

    Director, Wooster Summer in Tuscany.
Designed and implemented a one-month study abroad program centered in Siena, Italy, for The College of Wooster.  Developed and taught two new courses, both of which employed the urban landscapes of Siena, Assisi, Florence, and Lucca as laboratories for interdisciplinary investigations of medieval material and religious culture.  Integrated academic responsibilities with daily life in student apartments to encourage the development of learning communities within each residential unit. Solely responsible for curriculum, logistics, recruiting and budget.

    2005-2007 and 1999-2002
    Chair, Department of History, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.
Supervised a department of ten full-time faculty members and approximately one hundred student majors.  Prepared and managed departmental budget.  Directed reviews for faculty tenure, promotion and renewal of contracts.  Responsible for international searches for four full-time, tenure track positions and five leave replacement positions.  Promoted curricular developments to coincide with implementation of college-wide writing-intensive requirements, established a series of workshops for student research, and supervised departmental implementation of new teaching technologies.

Chair, Pre-Law Advising Program, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.
Coordinated advising and programming for approximately 150 students preparing for post-graduate studies in law.

    Assistant Professor, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY.
    Courses Taught:  Foundations of Modern Society, Medieval Europe,
Seminar in Medieval Studies, Renaissance Europe, Winter Term in England, The Reformation, England from 1485 to the Present, Seminar in British Studies.  

    Instructor, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY.

    Spring 1983
    Visiting Instructor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.


Workshop Leader, The College Board, Advanced Placement Teaching Workshop in European History for High School Teachers, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, Summer 2002, Summer 2003, Summer 2004, Summer 2005.
Mentor, Preparing Future Faculty Program, Ohio State University, 2001 and 2002.  Mentored Ph.D. students from Ohio State University’s Department of History as part of a program to encourage a greater focus on teacher preparation in Ph.D. programs.

Lecturer, Alumni College.  One-week Elderhostel course on the Medieval Family.
The College of Wooster, Summer 1994.

    Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar, The Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota,
Fall 1992.

    Board of Directors, The Swedish Program, Stockholm, Sweden, 1987.

    Lecturer, The College for Gifted and Talented Youth, Indiana University School of
Education, Summer 1987.

Director, Winter Term in England, Hamilton College, London, England, 1985, 1986, 1987.


International Education Grant, The College of Wooster, pilot program grant for development of study abroad opportunities, 2005. 

Henry B. Luce Grant for Intimacies East and West collaboration with Prof. Miriam Silverberg, Department of History, University of California at Los Angeles, 2004.

Hewlett-Mellon Grant for Curriculum Workshop and Film Seminars for the Department of History, 2004.
Hewlett-Mellon Grants for Workshops on the Teaching of Women’s Studies, 2000, 2002.

First Recipient of the Lawrence Stanley Endowed Chair of Medieval History, 1998.

Ford Foundation/Association of American Colleges and Universities Grant for Multi-Cultural Course Development, 1996.

    Lilly Foundation Summer Research Grants, The College of Wooster, 1990, 1991.

    Visiting Scholar, New York University Council for the Humanities - Mellon Foundation
Seminar:  "Love and Power in the Middle Ages," New York University, 1984-85.

    Indiana University Department of History, Dissertation Grant, 1982.

    Indiana University Medieval Studies Institute, Dissertation Year Fellowship, 1981.

    Indiana University Department of History, Susan O'Kell Award for Outstanding
Teaching, 1980.


Financial Advisory Committee, The College of Wooster, 2008-2009.

Chair of Awards Committee, Copeland Fund for the Enhancement of Independent Study, The College of Wooster 2008-2009.

Publications Committee, The College of Wooster, 2006-2007.

Advisory Committee for implementation of on-line registration, The College of Wooster, 2005-2006.
Dean of Admissions Search Committee, The College of Wooster, Spring 2005.

Chair, Tenure Review Committee for Rachel Sternberg, Department of Classical Studies, The College of Wooster, Spring 2005.

Pre-Law Advising Committee, The College of Wooster, 1995-2002; 2003-2007.
Advised students interested in the legal profession and helped them prepare applications for law school.  Organized speakers, internships, and LSAT preparation courses.

Conference Committee, The College of Wooster, 1995-1997 and 2000-2002.
Met directly with members of the Board of Trustees to communicate faculty concerns, negotiate changes in the Statute of Instruction, and review administrative goals.

Educational Policy Committee, The College of Wooster, 1998-2000.
Reviewed liberal arts curriculum, evaluated interdisciplinary programs, and designed a curricular model based on independent learning and individual student responsibility.

    Academic Program Committee of the Strategic Planning Process,
The College of Wooster, Spring 1997.  Participated in review of academic program in preparation for the President’s Strategic Plan.

    Presidential Search and Screening Committee, The College of Wooster,
1994-95.  Worked with the Board of Trustees to recruit and screen candidates in a national search for the presidency of the college.

    Women's Studies Curriculum Committee, The College Wooster,  1990-1992; 1993-1995,

    Women’s Studies Turner Prize Committee,  annually.

Great Lakes Colleges Association, Women’s Studies Committee, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1993-1995.

Committee on Committees, The College of Wooster, 1991-1992, 1993-1995.
Admissions Committee, The College of Wooster, 1990-1991.

    Mentor, College Scholars Program, The College of Wooster, 1990-1992; 1993-95.
    College Scholars Examination Committee, The College of Wooster, 1989-1992;

    Councillor, Midwest Medieval History Association, 1989-1990.

    Chair, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Committee, Hamilton College, 1988.

    Task Force on Minority Recruitment, Hamilton College, 1988-1989.
    Chair, Task Force on African-American Studies, Hamilton College, 1987.
Designed and established first Program in African-American Studies, conducted a survey of comparable programs and existing resources, secured faculty and administrative support, and hired first Director.
Committee on Academic Policy, Hamilton College, 1986-1989.  Reviewed course
proposals, guided curricular developments, determined allocation of teaching positions.

    Social and cultural responses to the Black Death
    Critical Pedagogy.
    Women’s Work in the Middle Ages.
    Peasant Revolts.
    Labor and Mobility in the Middle Ages.


“Unbounded Affection:  The Complex Lives of ‘Simple’ Peasants in Late Medieval England,”  International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May, 2009.

“’I Feel Happy’:  Even in the Middle Ages (?),”  Smiles and Laughter in the Middle Ages, Conference in Honor of Professor Barbara A. Hanawalt, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, October, 2008.

    “Mourning the Gestures of Mourning:  The Black Death and the Loss of Ritual.”
Conference on Memory and Gesture, Siena School for the Liberal Arts, Siena, Italy, November, 2006.

“Delving Into the Black Death, Reaching for the White Banner, and Looking for Shade in Siena:  Wooster’s Chiaroscuro Summer in Tuscany,” Faculty Lecture for Family Weekend, Wooster, Ohio, September, 2006.

“Intimate Senses at the End of the World,” Faculty-at-Large Lecture, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, March, 2005.

“Law as a Liberal Art,” organized session, presided over panel, and gave a paper at the quadrennial meeting of the National Association of Pre-Law Advisors in Boston, June, 2004.

“Comment,”  Session on Medieval and Early Modern English Theater, Annual Meeting of the Ohio Academy of History, Tiffin, Ohio, April, 2004.
“Intimate Eyes at the End of the World.”  Symposium on The Study of Intimacy across Genders and Cultures, Center for the Study of Women, University of California at Los Angeles, April, 2003.

Chair, Session on Medieval Europe, Annual Meeting of the Ohio Academy of History, Columbus, Ohio, April 2001.

    "Desire and the Middle Ages,"  Inaugural Lecture for The Lawrence Stanley Chair of
Medieval History, The College of Wooster, October, 1998.
"Using Humor - New Pedagogies for the Multicultural Classroom,"  Diversity, Learning, and Institutional Change, Conference sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 1997.

"Comment" for session on "Christians and Muslims in the Early Middle Ages," The Ohio Academy of History, Annual Meeting,  Canton, Ohio, April 1997.

    "Part-Time Peasants?  Laboring Off the Land in Late Medieval England."  The American
Historical Association, 110th Annual Meeting, Atlanta,     Georgia, January, 1996.

"Laboring in the Shadows:  The Cathedral as Place and Personal Identity for Medieval Workers."  The Cathedral Experience:  Centers of Medieval Culture and Community, Inaugural Conference of the Center for British Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, October, 1995.
    "Workers Who Won't:  Labor as Resistance in Late Medieval England."
    The New Chaucer Society, Ninth International Congress, Trinity College, Dublin,
Ireland, July, 1994.
"Contracts and Courts:  Arrangements of Labor in Late Medieval England."  Midwest Medieval History Association, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, November, 1993.

    "Defining the Servant:  Legal and Extra-Legal Terms of Employment in Fifteenth
Century England."  Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,,
Minnesota, November, 1992.
    "Critical Pedagogy and the Contest for A Past."  Social Science History Association,
New Orleans, November, 1991.  Co-presented with Prof. Kathleen Biddick of The
University of Notre Dame.
    "Servant and Master Law in Late Medieval England."  American Society for Legal
History, San Francisco, October, 1991.

    "Vagabonds and Villeins:  Legal Extortion and Legal Status in  Fifteenth-Century
England."  International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan,
May 1991.

"Village Elders and the Enforcement of the Statute of Labourers." Social Science History
Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October, 1990.

    "The Politics of Education:  Teaching  'Power, Difference and Discrimination.'"  Great
Lakes Colleges Association, Women's Studies Conference, Dayton, Ohio,
November, 1990.
    "'Finding Good Help' In Fifteenth-Century England." International Congress of Medieval
Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 1990.

    "Power and Personal Mobility."  Institute for Cultural Analysis, New York University,
New York, January, 1985.

    "Occupational Mobility in England After the Black Death."  Social Science History
Association, Bloomington, Indiana, October, 1982.


“Unbounded Affection:  The Complex Lives of ‘Simple’ Peasants in Late Medieval England,” in  Festschrift in Honor of Barbara A. Hanawalt, Palgrave Press, forthcoming June, 2009.

Smiles and Laughter in the Middle Ages, Anthology co-edited with Richard Firth Green, currently under consideration by Notre Dame University Press.

“The Intimate Senses at the End of the World,” article in preparation.

Articles on “Agriculture” and “Household Management” for the Encyclopedia of Women and Gender in the Middle Ages, Routledge, 2006.

    Review:  Royal Regulation of Loans and Sales in Medieval England, Gwen
Seabourne (Boydell, 2003) for Albion, vol. 35.

     Review:  Guilds and the Parish Community in Late Medieval East Anglia,   
c. 1470-1550, Ken Farnhill (York Medieval Press, 2001) for Albion, vol. 34/3.

Review:  Travels with a Medieval Queen, Mary Taylor Simeti (2001) for The Women’s Review of Books, Dec. 1, 2001.

Review:  The Poll Taxes of 1377, 1379 and 1381:  Part I, Bedfordshire – Leicestershire, ed. Carolyn C. Fenwick (Oxford University Press, 1998) for Albion vol. 32/2.

Review:  Daily Life in the Middle Ages, ed. Richard Britnell Sutton, 1998) for Albion, vol. 31.
"So Strategize:  The Demands in the Day of the Peasant Woman in Medieval Europe," in Medieval Women in European Culture and Society, ed. Linda E. Mitchell, Garland Press, 1999.
    "Defining the Servant:  Legal and Extra-Legal Terms of Employment in     Fifteenth-Century England," in The Work of Work:  Servitude, Slavery, and Labor in Medieval England, ed. Allen J. Frantzen and Douglas Moffat, Cruithne Press, distributed by Boydell and Brewer, 1994.
    Review, The Medieval Village by G.G. Coulton, Speculum, January 1992.

    The Hamilton Social Science Review, Editor, 1989; Associate Editor, 1986-1988.

Book-length Manuscript:  Forto Labur Bysyly:  Episodes in Work, Identity, and Freedom in Late Medieval England.

Italian, French, Latin.

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