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Valerie Hotchkiss

Professor of Medieval Studies

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • The history of books and printing, medieval cultural history, incunabular studies

Research Description

  • In addition to leading The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Hotchkiss serves as Professor of Medieval Studies, Religious Studies, and Library Science. She has a B.A. in Classics, the M.L.S. degree, and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University. She is the author of numerous books and articles on medieval cultural history, women's studies, and topics in the history of books and printing. Her books include: Clothes Make the Man: Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe (1996/2000); English in Print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton (2008, with Fred Robinson) and Miracle within a Miracle: Johannes Reuchlin and the Jewish Book Controversy(2011, with David Price).


  • Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, Yale University, 1990
  • M.Phil., Yale University, 1988
  • M.A., Yale University, 1987
  • M.L.S., Southern Connecticut State University, 1984
  • B.A. in Classical Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati, 1982



  • Hotchkiss, Valerie . Miracle within a Miracle: Johannes Reuchlin and the Jewish Book Controversy.. . Urbana: RBML, 2011.
  • English in Print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton (With Fred C. Robinson). . Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2008.
  • Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition. 5-volume collection (In collaboration with Jaroslav Pelikan). . Yale University Press: New Haven, 2003.
  • Hotchkiss, Valerie . Clothes Make the Man: Female Transvestism in Medieval Europe. New York: Garland Press, 1996. Reissued in paperback, 2000. Republished by Routledge Press in 2012.. . Dallas: Bridwell Library, 2001.

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