Yvonne Seale

Associate Professor of History
Doty Hall 211A
(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 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, was published in 2023. She is presently at work on a monograph exploring the history of medieval Premonstratensian women.

She is the recipient of the Teaching Association for Medieval Studies Teaching Award for College Educators, 2019-2020, and of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2023.

You can follow Professor Seale on Mastodon @yvonne 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.


Spring 2024

I am on sabbatical leave until August, 2024.

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)

Select Publications


  • HIST 211: Europe in the World, 300-1000

    A broad study of the history of Europe and the Mediterranean basin from the late Roman Empire through to the Age of the Vikings, with an emphasis on how early medieval peoples grappled with complex issues of power, faith, gender, identity, and cultural interaction. Uses texts, images, and material culture to explore Europe and its links with the wider world.

  • HIST 440: Top: Urban Life in Middle Ages

    This course focuses on an in-depth study of a particular topic in European history. Topics could be defined either by time, space or theme. The World Wars, nationalist movements, and the scientific revolution are possible topics areas that might be offered.