Dr. Michelle Armstrong-Partida
Assistant Professor of History
I received a M.A. (2001) and Ph.D. (2008) in History at the University of Iowa. Prior to arriving at UTEP, I spent two years as a American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow at Emory University, and two years as a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA.
As an historian of the Middle Ages, my main research and teaching interests center on gender and sexuality, the use of violence in medieval society, as well as the social, cultural, and religious history of Spain and the Mediterranean, Jewish-Christian relations, and Medieval Islam. I have published articles on the practice of concubinage among the clergy and laity, clandestine marriage, clerics’ concubines, and the conflict-ridden, often violent, relations between priests and the laity in the parishes of late medieval Catalunya. My first book, Defiant Priests: Domestic Unions, Violence and Clerical Masculinity in Fourteenth-Century Catalunya, investigates how clerical de facto marriages and violence shaped clerical masculinity and their identity as priests. Currently, I am working on a book project that focuses on concubinous unions among the laity and clandestine and incestuous marriages in late medieval Catalunya and the Mediterranean. I am also interested in fatherhood, illegitimate children, and the masculinity of urban men in Barcelona.
Many of my articles are posted at https://utep.academia.edu/MichelleArmstrongPartida.
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