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Elizabeth Dachowski, PhD


Elizabeth Dachowski is a historian of medieval Europe with a particular interest in French and English history in the central Middle Ages.  She taught at the University of Minnesota, Lock Haven University (Pennsylvania), Caldwell College (New Jersey), Seton Hall University (New Jersey), and Auburn University before coming to Tennessee State University in 1999.

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320 Crouch Hall, (615) 963-5507,  edachowski@tnstate.edu


PhD, Medieval History, University of Minnesota, 1995

MA, Medieval History, University of Minnesota, 1986

BA, Geography, Medieval Studies, Indiana University, 1984

Courses Taught

Global Culture in History, World History I, World History II, Ancient History, Medieval History, Renaissance and Reformation History, Medieval English History and Literature. Special topics courses on a variety of topics: Medieval Women; Servitude and Freedom in Premodern Europe; Crime and Punishment in Medieval England.

Research Interests

Dr. Dachowski’s main research focus is on France and England in the central Middle Ages.  She has conducted research on the place of monastic institutions in French politics and on the religious and cultural history of England and France.

Selected Publications

First Among Abbots:  The Career of Abbo of Fleury.  Catholic University of America Press, 2008

"A Procurator for the Teutonic Order in Montpellier:  The Case of Henricus de Darbato.." Medieval Perspectives 27 (2012):  59ff. 

“Abbo of Fleury's Writings on Monarchy:  English Influences.” Revue bénédictine.  110:1-2 (2000), pp. 95-105.

“Tertius est optimus:  Marriage, Continence, and Virginity in the Politics of Late Tenth- and Early Eleventh-Century France.” In Medieval Purity and Piety:  Essays in Medieval Clerical Celibacy and  Religious Reform, ed. Michael Frassetto. Garland, 1998.