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William North

Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Professor of History, History

Education & Professional History

Princeton University, AB; University of California (Berkeley), MA, PhD


Fellow in Post-classical Humanistic Studies, American Academy in Rome, 1995-1996

Fellow in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, 1998-1999

At Carleton since 1999.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Book Review Editor (Church History), Speculum (Medieval Academy of America)

President, Haskins Society, 2019-present;

Associate Editor, Haskins Society Journal, 2015-present; Editor, 2007-2015

Visiting Docente, Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche, Geografiche, e dell’Antichità, Università degli Studi, Padova (Spring 2020)

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

  • “Erudition, Documentation, and Organization in the Making of Early Modern Byzantine Studies. The Case of Martin Hanke’s De Byzantinarum rerum scriptoribus Graecis liber (1677).” In Inventing Byzantium in Early Modern Europe, ed. Nate Aschenbrenner and Jake Ransohoff (Washington, DC, forthcoming 2021)
  • “Reforming Readers, Reforming Texts: The Making of a Discursive Community in Gregorian Rome.” in Urban Developments in Late Antue and Medieval Rome: Revising the Narrative of Renewal, ed. Gregor Kalas and Ann van Dijk (Amsterdam, forthcoming 2021)
  • “Bonizo of Sutri, the Dicta Bonizonis, and the Development of the Jurisprudence of Canon Law before Gratian.” In The Use of Canon Law in Ecclesiastical Administration, 1000-1234 (Leiden, 2018), 159-184.
  • “Bonsai of the Consanguinities: The Control of Incest as a Problem of Understanding in Bonizo of Sutri’s Liber de Vita Christiana.” Early Medieval Europe 23:4 (2015), 478–499.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Historical Association

Byzantine Studies Association of North America


Haskins Society 

International Society of Medieval Canon Law (ICMAC)

International Center for Medieval Art

Medieval Academy of America

Society for Italian Historical Studies

Società Internazionale degli storici medievisti

Current Courses

  • Fall 2020
    HIST 100: Immigration, Conversion, and Cultural Change in Early England and Ireland
    HIST 135: Making and Breaking Institutions in the Middle Ages: Structure, Culture, Corruption, and Reform
    LCST 291: Independent Study
  • Winter 2021
    HIST 131: Saints and Society in Late Antiquity
    IDSC 291: Independent Study
    LATN 291: Independent Study
    LCST 291: Independent Study
    LCST 293: Elementary Italian
  • Spring 2021
    HIST 288: Reason & Love in Medvl France
    HIST 290: Urban History in Beijing and Beyond Program: Directed Reading: Approaches to Chinese Cities
    HIST 292: Independent Research
    LCST 101: Rome Program: Elementary Italian
    LCST 291: Independent Study
    HIST 289: Gender & Ethcs Late Med France
  • Summer 2021
    IDSC 099: Summer Humanities Institute
  • Fall 2021
    HIST 291: Independent Study
    HIST 332: Image Makers and Breakers
    IDSC 100: Civil Discourse in a Troubled Age
    LCST 290: The Craft of Natalia Ginzburg
  • Winter 2022
    HIST 137: Early Medieval Worlds
    LATN 243: Medieval Latin
  • Spring 2022
    HIST 133: Crisis, Creativity, and Transformation in Late Antiquity