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Dr. Megan M. McLaughlin

Professor Emerita of Medieval Studies,History, and Gender and Women's Studies

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Medieval European social and religious history; history of women and gender; history of madness and "altered spiritual states"


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1985



  • McLaughlin, Megan. Sex, Gender and Episcopal Authority in an Age of Reform, 1000-1122. . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • McLaughlin, Megan. Consorting with Saints: Prayer for the Dead in Early Medieval France. . Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1994.

Book Contributions

  • McLaughlin, Megan. ""The Church as Bride in Eleventh-Century England"." Les Strategies matrimoniales (IXe-XIII siecles). . Turnhout: Brepols, 2013.

  • ""Women and Men"." The Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 4: Christianity in Western Europe, c. 1100-c. 1500. . Comp. Miri Rubin and Walter Simons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 187-99.

  • McLaughlin, Megan. ""Spiritual and Secular Fatherhood in the Eleventh Century"." Conflicted Identities and Multiple Masculinities: Men in the Medieval West. . Ed. Jacqueline Murray. New York: Garland, 1999. 25-43.

  • ""The Bishop as Bridegroom: Marital Imagery and Clerical Celibacy in the Eleventh and Early Twelfth Centuries"." Medieval Purity and Piety: Essays on Medieval Clerical Celibacy and Religious Reform. . Ed. Michael Frassetto. New York: Garland, 1998. 209-37.

Journal Articles

  • McLaughlin, Megan. ""Disgusting Acts of Shamelessness: Sexual Misconduct and the Deconstruction of Royal Authority in the Eleventh Century"." Early Medieval Europe forthcoming (2011):
  • McLaughlin, Megan. ""The Bishop in the Bedroom: Witnessing Episcopal Sexuality in an Age of Reform"." Journal of the History of Sexuality 19.1 (2010): 17-34.
  • McLaughlin, Megan. ""Abominable Mingling: Father-Daughter Incest and the Law"." Medieval Feminist Newsletter 24 (1997): 26-30.
  • McLaughlin, Megan. ""The Twelfth-Century Ritual of Death and Burial at Saint-Jean-en-Vallee in the Diocese of Chartres"." Revue Benedictine 105 (1995): 155-66.
  • McLaughlin, Megan. ""'Familiarity and Love': Noble Friendship and Liturgical Commemoration in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries." ." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Western Society for French History 18 (1991): 60-69.
  • McLaughlin, Megan. ""Gender Paradox and the Otherness of God"." Gender & History 3 (1991): 147-59.
  • McLaughlin, Megan. ""On Communion with the Dead"." Journal of Medieval History 17 (1991): 23-34.
  • McLaughlin, Megan. ""The Woman Warrior: Gender, Warfare and Society in Medieval Europe" ." Women's Studies 17 (1990): 193-209.

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