Susan McDonough, Associate Professor (Ph.D. Yale University)
Professor McDonough teaches courses on medieval social and cultural history. She published Witnesses, Neighbors, and Community in Late Medieval Marseille (Palgrave, 2013), which uses witness testimony from civil court records to explore the relationships between Christians and Jews, men and women, nobles and the middling sort in late medieval Marseille. She recently co-edited a book of essays, Boundaries in the Medieval and Wider World: Essays in Honour of Paul Freedman (Brepols, 2017). She is particularly interested in the dynamics of gender and religious interaction in history, and incorporates these themes in her research and courses. In 2015, she participated in an NEH Summer Institute on Negotiating Identities in Barcelona, Spain. Her work has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Newberry Library in Chicago, the National Endowment for the Humanities, UMBC’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the Dresher Center for the Humanities at UMBC. She holds affiliate appointments in UMBC’s Gender and Women’s Studies program and mentors Master’s degree students in medieval history, gender history, and religious history. She serves as the faculty advisor to the UMBC REVIEW: A Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. Prof. McDonough won a 2017 CAHSS Faculty Summer Research Fellowship through the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (MIPAR) for her new book project, More than Sex? Prostitutes as Knowledge Brokers in the Medieval Mediterranean. She is also the winner of the 2018 inaugural Mid-Career Faculty Excellence Award in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.