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William North

Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Medieval and 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,  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, 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 2023
    EUST 291: Intermediate Italian
    GRK 285: Weekly Greek
    HIST 236: The Worlds of Hildegard of Bingen
    IDSC 100: Civil Discourse in a Troubled Age
  • Winter 2024
    EUST 102: Elementary Italian II
    EUST 110: The Power of Place: Memory and Counter-Memory in the European City
    EUST 290: Economics and European Studies Program: Studying Britain in Europe: from the Great War to Brexit
    GRK 285: Weekly Greek
    HIST 290: Urban History in Beijing and Beyond Program: Directed Reading: Approaches to Chinese Cities
    RELG 235: Religion and Identity in the Medieval Middle East
  • Spring 2024
    EUST 291: Elementary Italian II
    HIST 235: Making and Breaking Institutions: Structure, Culture, Corruption, and Reform in the Middle Ages
    HIST 293: Small Group Study
  • Summer 2024
    IDSC 099: Summer Humanities Program