Yvonne SealeAssistant Professor of History
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 twelfth- and thirteenth-century France. At Geneseo, she teaches courses on medieval and digital history, and is a Faculty Affiliate with the Center for Digital Learning.
Her writing has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Medieval Monastic History, Medieval People, Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique, and The Public Domain Review. Her edition of the thirteenth-century cartulary of Prémontré, co-edited with Heather Wacha, is forthcoming in 2022 with the Medieval Academy of America.
She is the recipient of the Teaching Association for Medieval Studies Teaching Award for College Educators, 2019-2020.
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.
Student Drop-In Hours (Spring 2022)
My office hours are 3p.m.-4:30p.m., T/Th, or by appointment.
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 Cartulary of Prémontré: People, Places, and Networks from Medieval to Digital”, in Medieval People: Social Bonds, Kinship and Networks 36 (2022), 353-372. Co-written with Heather Wacha.
"Spare No Scrap. A Piece of Binder’s Waste as Evidence for Institutional Development at the Abbey of Prémontré in the Thirteenth Century" in Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique, 116:1/2 (May/June, 2021), 5-31. Co-written with Heather Wacha.
"History in Ruins: The Changing Fates of One of France's Grandest Castles," in History Today 69:9 (September 2019), 76-83.
"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 112: S/HistMatters:World of Vikings
This course will introduce students to the field of global history through focus on historians' approaches to broad themes, problems, or questions. Specific topics will be selected by the instructor, but generally engage with historians' approaches to "real world" problems and issues with particular attention to regional and global interconnections, cross-cultural encounters, and/or comparative perspectives. All courses will include seminar style discussion, a mix of primary and secondary source readings, short analytical papers, and essay exams. May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.
HIST 212: Europe in the World, 1000-1500
A broad study of the history of Europe and the Mediterranean basin from the Age of the Vikings to the beginnings of European colonialism, with an emphasis on how medieval peoples dealt with religious conflict, formed institutions and nation states, and understood differences in gender and sexual identities. Uses texts, images, and material culture to explore Europe and its links with the wider world.