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Miriam Shadis

Miriam Shadis

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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. Currently she is a Junior Faculty Fellow of the Charles Ping Institute for the Humanities at Ohio. 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 teaches courses in European history, with topics including the Crusades, Medieval Women, and Medieval Spain. She is on the advisory board of the Ohio Leipzig European Center and a past director of the OU study abroad program there. Her 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 the women at the court of Portugal from 1100 – 1300; as study of women in service at the courts of Castile and León, and a study of Marian imagery in court documents from medieval Iberia.


  • Ph.D. at Duke University (1994)


  • Medieval Women


  • Hist 121: Ancient World (Survey)
  • Hist 122: Medieval Legacy (Survey)
  • Hist 301J: Historical Research and Writing
  • Hist 353C: History of the Crusades
  • Hist 356D: Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain
  • Hist 455: Special Topics in Medieval History: Medieval Women
  • Tier III T308/407P: Sex/Sin in Western History



Shadis, Miriam.  2009.  Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) and Her Family: Political Women in the High Middle Ages. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Articles & Chapters

Shadis, Miriam. 2006. “Women, Gender and Rulership in Romance Europe: The Iberian Case,” History Compass 4 (3), 481-487.

Shadis, Miriam. 2003. “Blanche of Castile and Marion Facinger’s “Medieval Queenship”: reassessing the argument,” in Capetian Women, ed. Kathleen Nolan (New York: Palgrave). (“Article of the Month”, October 2004; Feminae)

Shadis, Miriam. 2002. “A Taste of the Feast: The Daughters and Granddaughters of Eleanor of Aquitaine,” with Constance H. Berman in Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lady and Lord, ed. Bonnie Wheeler and John Carmi Parsons; (New York: Palgrave, 2002.)

Shadis, Miriam. 1996. “Berenguela of Castile’s Political Motherhood: the management of sexuality, marriage, and succession,” in Medieval Mothering, John Carmi Parsons and Bonnie Wheeler, eds. (Series: The New Middle Ages), Garland Press.

Shadis, Miriam. 1996. “Piety, Politics and Power: the Patronage of Leonor of England and her daughters, Blanche of Castile and Berenguela of León,” in The Cultural Patronage of Medieval Women, June Hall McCash, ed., The University of Georgia Press.




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