John Ott

Professor and Chair

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); with Trpimir Vedris, of Saintly Bishops and Bishops' Saints (Hagiotheca, 2012); with Radislaw Kotecki and Jacek Maciejewski of Between Sword and Prayer: Warfare and Clergy in Cultural Perspective (Leiden, 2017); 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, canon law, and episcopal office in northern France. With a colleague, he is currently working on a source reader on the medieval secular clergy between c.900-1200.

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 453/553, The Medieval City
  • HST 454/554, Topics in Medieval History: The Holy Dead: Saints, Relics, and Society in Medieval Europe
  • HST 454/554, Topics in Medieval History: Holy War in the Middle Ages: Christian and Muslim Perspectives
  • HST 492/592, Seminar: Lords and Lordship in Western Europe, 950-1250
  • HST 492/592, Seminar: The Medieval Church and Reform
  • HST 492/592, Seminar: Medieval Iberia
  • Ph.D., History
    Stanford University
  • MA, History
    Stanford University
  • BA, History
    University of Puget Sound