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Kathryn Salzer

Assistant Professor of History

203 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-8950


  1. PhD, University of Toronto
  2. Licentiate of Mediaeval Studies, The Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies
  3. MA, University of Toronto
  4. BA, St. Olaf College


I am a historian of medieval Europe, with a special interest in the social, economic, and institutional development of monasteries in France and Belgium. My first monograph is an examination of the Cistercian monastery of Vaucelles, located just south of Cambrai, France. The study (Vaucelles Abbey: Social, Political, and Ecclesiastical Relationships in the Borderland Region of the Cambrésis, 1131-1300) is in press with Brepols Publishers. This term (Spring 2016), I have a fellowship with the Institute for Arts and Humanities at Penn State. This has allowed me to begin my research for my next monograph, which focuses on several castellan families in the medieval borderland region of northeastern France, Flanders, and northwestern Germany during the tenth through twelfth centuries. Although much of my research is archival, I also have a background in archaeology, and have participated in excavations on medieval sites in France and Greece, involving L’Abbaye Royale du Monçel (Pontpoint, France); Zaraka Abbey (Stymphalos, Greece); Saint-Jean-des-Vignes (Soissons, France).

Recent Courses:

HIST105 - The Byzantine Empire
HIST407 - Early Medieval Society
HIST412 - Intellectual History of the Middle Ages
HIST408 - Church and State in the High Middle Ages

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