Michelle Herder

Michelle Herder

Associate Professor of History

Room 207 College Hall
(319) 895-4203

Cornell College
600 First Street West
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Academic History

  • Ph.D. in history, Yale University, 2003
  • M.Phil., Yale University
  • B.A., Carleton College, 1997 (history major, concentration in medieval studies)


  • "Hec est virgo prudens: Liturgy and the spiritual experience of religious women" Viator 40 (2009)
  • "Women's Gift-Giving in Medieval Catalonia" Church History and Religious Culture 89:2 (spring 2009); a special issue I also co-edited with Constance Berman
  • "Substitute or Subordinate? The Role of a Male Administrator at a Benedictine Women's Monastery" Journal of Medieval History 31:3 (September 2005)

Courses Taught

  • Europe 800-1300
  • Europe 1300-1700
  • History of Spain, 700-1600
  • Trials and Transitions of the Renaissance
  • Europe in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
  • Women in Medieval Europe
  • Women in the Renaissance and Reformation
  • Persecution, Tolerance, and Violence in Premodern Europe
  • The Crusades
  • The Inquisitions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • Travelers and the Exotic in the Premodern world (first-year seminar)