Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
457 Hamilton Hall
919-962-2383
bwhalen @email.unc.edu
Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website

Education

BA University of Vermont, 1994
MA University of Vermont, 1998
MA Stanford University, 2000
PhD Stanford University, 2005

Research Interests

Brett Edward Whalen works on Christian intellectual and cultural history during the European Middle Ages, mainly focusing on the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries. He has published works on the crusades, apocalypticism, pilgrimage, and the medieval papacy. His first book, Dominion of God: Christendom and Apocalypse in the Middle Ages (Harvard, 2009), explores the medieval belief that Christianity would spread to every corner of the earth before the end of time. His most recent book, The Two Powers: The Papacy, the Empire, and the Struggle for Sovereignty in the Thirteenth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), reappraises the epoch-making clashes between two popes, Gregory IX and Innocent IV, and the Hohenstaufen emperor, Frederick II.

Some Notable Publications

  • The Two Powers: The Papacy, the Empire, and the Struggle for Sovereignty in the Thirteenth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
  • The Medieval Papacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages (University of Toronto Press, 2011)
  • “Corresponding with Infidels: Rome, the Almohads, and the Christians of Thirteenth-Century Morocco,” The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 41 (2011): 487–513
  • Dominion of God: Christendom and Apocalypse in the Middle Ages (Harvard University Press, 2009)

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 50 (FYS)—Time and the Medieval Cosmos (co-taught with Chris Clemens)
  • HIST 107—Introduction to Medieval History
  • HIST 177H—The Apocalypse in the Christian Middle Ages (Honors Seminar)
  • HIST 228—The Medieval Expansion of Europe
  • HIST 398—The Crusades (Research Seminar)
  • HIST 431—The Medieval Church
  • HIST 432—The Crusades
  • HIST 701—Medieval Studies (Graduate Seminar)