Miriam Shadis

Miriam Shadis received her Ph. D. in History, and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Duke University. She earned her B.A. from Simon's Rock of Bard College (in Great Barrington, MA), majoring in Intercultural Studies with a minor in Arts and Aesthetics. Between 1994 and 1996 she held the Arthur J. Ennis, O.S.A. Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Core Humanities Program at Villanova University. She has taught at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. From 2006-2009 she served as a Junior Faculty Fellow of the Charles Ping Institute for the Humanities at Ohio University. She is an associated scholar with the Mediterranean Seminar at the University of California, Santa Cruz, participating in the NEH 2006 Summer Institute: The Medieval Mediterranean and the Emergence of the West, in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Shadis is involved with OU Education Abroad, having participated in 2010 in a CIEE Faculty Development Seminar on Women in the Middle East; she is a past director of the OU study abroad program in Leipzig.

Dr. Shadis’s research focuses on royal women in the central and high Middle Ages. She is the author of Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) and Her Family: Political Women in the High Middle Ages (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009) as well as several essays on medieval queens of France and Iberia. She is a past editor of The Medieval Feminist Forum. Research plans for the future include a book-length study of royal women in Portugal from 1100 – 1300; a study of women in service at the courts of Castile and León, and a study of Marian imagery in medieval Iberian charters.

Dr. Shadis is married to Joseph McLaughlin, a professor of English, and has two children, Henry and Emma.

405 Bentley Annex

Courses Taught include:

  • Historical Research and Writing
  • High Middle Ages
  • Medieval Women
  • Sex and Sin in Western Legal History
  • Crusades
  • History of Medieval Spain
  • Western Civilization Surveys (Antiquity; Medieval)