Faculty bio-John Ott


John Ott

Ph.D. Stanford University (1999)

Contact Info:
Cramer Hall 441-M
ott @ pdx.edu

Link to office hours


Fields of Expertise:
Medieval Europe, 300-1450;
ecclesiastical and urban history of northern France and Flanders (eleventh and twelfth centuries);
hagiography and the cult of saints; social and religious minorities, religious dissent, authority; medieval Iberia.

He is the editor, with Anna Trumbore Jones, of The Bishop Reformed: Studies of Episcopal Power and Culture in the Central Middle Ages (Aldershot, 2007); and, with Trpimir Vedris, of Saintly Bishops and Bishops' Saints (Hagiotheca, 2012); and the author of Bishops, Authority and Community in Northwestern Europe, c.1050-1150 (Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 2015), as well as various articles and reviews on bishops and episcopal office in northern France.

Courses taught:

  • HST 300, Historical Imagination
  • HST 354U, Early Medieval Europe, 300-1150
  • HST 355U, Late Medieval Europe, 1100-1450
  • HST 356U, Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 1400-1600
  • HST 407/507, Seminar: Jerusalem and the Holy Land from Late Antiquity through the Crusading Period
  • HST 407/507, Seminar: Lords and Lordship in Western Europe, 950-1250
  • HST 407/507, Seminar: The Medieval Church and Reform
  • HST 407/507, Seminar: Medieval Iberia
  • HST 453/553, The Medieval City
  • HST 454/554, Topics in Medieval History: Sanctity and Deviance in the Middle Ages
  • HST 454/554, Topics in Medieval History: Holy War in the Middle Ages: Christian and Muslim Perspectives