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Kevin Uhalde

Dr. Kevin Uhalde, portrait
Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, and Honors Tutorial College Director of Studies
Bentley Hall 001 and Bentley Hall Annex 423

Kevin Uhalde is Associate Professor of History, Honors Tutorial College Director of Studies, History Pre-Law Advisor, and Director of the Center for Law, Justice & Culture. He has also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History, two terms on the Faculty Senate, and as President of Ohio University’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).


  • Ph.D. in History and the Program in the Ancient World from Princeton University
  • B.A. in History and Classical Civilization from Mary Washington College


  • Late Antiquity
  • Early Medieval
  • Early Christianity
  • Law & Society


Kevin Uhalde has published or delivered scholarly papers on topics in the history of early Christianity, the later Roman Empire, and early medieval Europe. His book, Expectations of Justice in the Age of Augustine (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), reflects his ongoing interest in how officials and intellectuals, including religious leaders, cope with human failure. With Kristina Sessa, he published Scale and the Study of Late Antiquity (Edipuglia, 2023), dedicated to the use of scalar concepts as both object and method of historical inquiry. Among other awards, he has received the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and two fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies. Other publications include "Tertullian, the First Penitents, and the Process of Repentance in Late Antiquity," in La Vie d’Adam et Éve et les traditions adamiques (Lausanne, 2017), “The Life of Penance,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Merovingian World (Oxford, 2020), and “The Shape of Early Christian Fidelity: Swearing and Repenting in the Face of Uncertainty,” in Making Sense of the Oath in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (Turnhout, forthcoming).


Kevin Uhalde teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Europe and the Mediterranean region during Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. He directs theses and conducts honors tutorials and independent studies in the same fields and has received the Distinguished Mentor Award from the Honors Tutorial College. In 2024, he received the Graselli Brown Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the University Professor Award from Ohio University. His regular courses include:

  • HIST 1210: Western Civilization: Antiquity to 1500
  • HIST 2500: Medieval History in Film & Literature
  • HIST 3520/5520: Roman Law & Society
  • HIST 3521/5521: Medieval Law & Society
  • HIST 3531/5531: Vikings – Saxons – Franks
  • HIST 3540/5540: History of Early Christianity
  • HIST 3293/5293: World of Late Antiquity
  • HIST 4130: Philosophy of History