About Me

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Mississippi University for Women. I am also the coordinator for The W’s Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor, for which I organize events on campus and run a Facebook group.

SEMA 2017: For information and documents relating to “A Campus Pilgrimage: Using a Modern Campus to Teach Medieval Travel,” Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, 2017: Charleston, SC, November 16-18, 2017, please go to HERE.

My current courses are:

  • History of World Civilizations I (Online and face-to-face)
  • Mortality and Medicine: A Global History of Epidemics
  • Renaissance, Reformation, and Revolution

Spring 2018 Courses:

  • History of World Civilizations I (Online and face-to-face)
  • Medieval Christianity
  • Women in European History: Women and Power

PhD History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. August, 2015
Dissertation: “Agency and Expectations: Women’s Experiences in Marriage Disputes in Fourteenth- Century Paris.”
Advisor: Professor Constance Hoffman Berman

Masters of Arts in Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. April, 2006

Bachelor of Arts in History, Millersville University, Millersville, PA. May, 2001

My current research explores women’s access to justice in fourteenth and fifteenth-century Paris. I have a manuscript proposal under review with Amsterdam University Press tentatively titled Open Court: Women’s Access to Justice in Medieval Paris, in which I argue that women could successfully use the ecclesiastical court system to determine marriage their marriage partners, and they were supported in their endeavors by their communities. For this work I am examining marriage litigation records from the Archdeacon’s court in Paris (1374-77, 1461-66, 1478-82) to determine who went to court, and how successful they were in their suits. Through the comparison of these descriptive court records to cultural works like saints lives, popular literature, and conduct manuals, we see that women could argue their cases in court, and that doing so was culturally acceptable. Additionally, I will examine the legal framework within which these women were arguing their cases. It will be equal parts the particular women and their access to this particular court, and the cultural views and expectations of women within the justice system illustrated in law and literature.

This work incorporates an intersection between Canon law, social/cultural expectations, and the emotional expressions of marriage for medieval individuals. My broader research and teaching interests include:

  • Pre-Modern European Social History – Focusing on North Western Europe and the Mediterranean
  • Women’s History, and Gender Studies
  • Pre-Modern History of Marriage, Sexuality, and Emotion
  • Medieval Canon Law

Along with research and teaching I am interested in community outreach. As a VAP at The W, I organized a Medieval and Renaissance Studies speaker series, an undergraduate research symposium, and an undergraduate research journal called Noctua: Medieval and Renaissance Studies at The W.”  I am also the chair of two teaching circles that bring together an interdisciplinary group of faculty to discuss pedagogy for the 21st century student: “Medieval and Renaissance Studies,” and  “Advancing Online Pedagogy.” Throughout my PhD career have been a member of the UI Council on the Status of Women as the chair of the Herstory Committee, and a graduate senator representing the Department of History. As chair of Herstory I planned numerous community lecture events in conjunction with the Iowa Women’s Archives as well as other UI departments, produced the UITV television program “Women at Iowa,” ran a county-wide elementary school contest for Women’s History Month, and provided input on a UI campus sexual misconduct survey.

Kristi DiClemente, Ph.D
Office: 212-A Painter Hall
Office Phone: 662-329-7390
Email: kdiclemente@muw.edu
Mailing address: 1100 College St., MUW-1634, Columbus, MS 39701

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