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.

My current courses are:

  • History of World Civilizations I (Online and face-to-face)
  • Graeco-Roman World

Spring 2017 Courses:

  • History of World Civilizations II (Online)
  • High and Late Medieval Europe
  • History of European Food

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


I recently returned from the Southeastern Medieval Association conference in Knoxville, TN, where I presented “Places and Patterns: The Role of Place in Litigants’ Access to Court,” Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, 2016: “Place and Power,” The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, October 6-8, 2016. In this paper I digitally mapped the locations of litigants from 14th century court cases to discover gendered patterns of movement. In July, 2017 I will be presenting “’Call your next witness’: Witness Networks in the Archidiaconal Court of Paris,” International Medieval Congress, 2017, The University of Leeds, July 3-6, 2017. This paper will examine the presence of witnesses in medieval court cases and whether community support was different for male and female litigants.

I published an article in Fall, 2015, “Domestic Cruelty: Saevitia and Separation in Medieval France,” Quidditas: The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association. Vol. 36


My current research focuses on women’s access, both physical and cultural, to the legal system in medieval Paris. This research is an expansion of one major theme of my dissertation, entitled “Agency and Expectations: Women’s Experiences in Marriage Disputes in Fourteenth-Century Paris.” My work examines women’s access to the Archdeacon’s court of Paris through marriage and separation court cases. I argue that women were able to access justice within the church courts when they were seen as moral, or had their family’s support, but had more difficulty when viewed as immoral. 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.”  and 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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