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Yvonne Seale

Assistant Professor of History
Sturges Hall, Office 13-K
(585) 245-6440

Yvonne Seale has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2016.

Professor Seale is a historian of medieval women and the social history of religion, with a particular focus on the history of the Premonstratensian Order in France. Her writing has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Medieval Monastic History, History Today, and The Public Domain Review.

You can follow Professor Seale on Twitter @yvonneseale or read about her latest research at her blog. Use the links below to learn more about her publications, or to see which classes she's teaching this semester.

Yvonne Seale

Office Hours (Spring 2019)

W, 12-3

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in History, The University of Iowa (2016)

  • M.Litt. in Medieval History, University of St Andrews, Scotland (2008)

  • B.A. (Hons.) in History, Ancient History, and Archaeology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2006)


  • "The Multi-Cultural Middle Ages: An Annotated Bibliography for Teachers" in The Once and Future Classroom: Resources for Teaching the Middle Ages Vol. 14:1 (Fall 2017).

  • "Well-Behaved Women? Agnès of Baudement and Agnès of Braine as Mediators and Patrons of the Premonstratensian Order", in the Haskins Society Journal: Studies in Medieval History, Vol. 28 (2016), 101-117.

  • "George Washington: A Descendant of Odin?", in The Public Domain Review, February 8, 2017.

  • "Imagining Medieval Europe in the College Classroom," in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, Vol. 23:1 (Spring 2016), 95-105.

  • "De Monasterio Desolato: Politics and Patronage in an Irish Frontier Convent," in The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies, Vol. 4 (2015), 21-45.

  • "Précis of the 2014 Barry Prize Winner: Loughsewdy alias Plary: a Cistercian Nunnery Reconsidered", in Eolas: The Journal for the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies Vol. 8:1 (2015), 135-41.

  • "Family and Finances in Fifteenth-Century Dublin" in History Ireland Vol. 22:3 (May/June 2014), 16-19.


  • HIST 211: The Early Middle Ages

    A study of the transition from ancient to medieval times, the barbarian tribes in the West, the triumph of Christianity, Byzantium and the rise of Islam, the rise of the Franks, feudal society, and the decline and subsequent revival of monasticism and papacy. Deals with social, economic, and political development, and with cultural and intellectual matters. Readings are in primary sources. Not offered on a regular basis

  • HIST 440: AdSt-EurHs:Women-MedievalWorld

    This course focuses on an in-depth study of a particular topic in European history. Topics could be defined either by time or space: the history of Spain, the scientific revolution, liberation movements, and the Baltic states are possible areas that might be offered. (May be taken for credit twice under different subtitles.) Prerequisite: HIST 302 (HIST 301 also recommended). Not offered on a regular basis

  • HUMN 220: W/H/Western Humanities I

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from the beginnings to 1600. The course is factual as well as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.