Dr. Eichbauer serves as the Interim Director of the Office of Scholarly Innovation
& Student Scholarship and is a Professor of Medieval History with a research specialization
in legal history.
Her research specializes in legal and ecclesiastical history from c.1000 to c.1500,
and focuses, in particular, on legal pluralism and the evolution of legal principles.
She is particularly interested in the dissemination of legal knowledge; the interpretation
of law; and the ways in which social, political, and intellectual developments and
trends shaped both during the height of the medieval period. By examining the larger
processes linking law to the world in which it functions, my hope is to show new ways
of thinking about current issues. She has published articles in legal history journals
and has published works with Cambridge University Press, Routledge, Brill, and Ashgate.
She was also a fellow for the American Council of Learned Societies from 2016 to 2018.
- PhD., History, The Catholic University of America, 2010
- M.A., History, The Catholic University of America, 2004
- M.A., Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 2000
- B.A., History, Western Michigan University, 1998
Research and Teaching InterestsToggle Research and Teaching Interests
Teaching Interests: Law, Politics, and Religion
Research Interests: Legal History and Ecclesiastical History
Courses OfferedToggle Courses Offered
- EUH 2021 Medieval European History
- EUH 3121 Fall of the Roman Empire and Barbarian Kingdoms
- EUH 3122 Feudal Society, 1000–1400
- EUH 3142 Renaissance and Reformation
- EUH 4124 The Crusades
- EUH 4180 Age of Inquisitions
- EUH 4920 Topics Mdvl & Early Mod Hist
- EUH 6126 Readings in Medieval History
- EUH 6184 Mdvl Ecclesiology and Law
- HIS 6004 Teaching History at the College Level
- HIS 6937 Academic Writing and Editing
- Cambridge History of the Papacy, 3 vols. Edited with Series Editors Joëlle Rollo Koster and Robert A. Ventresca,
and with Editor Miles Pattenden (Cambridge University Press, in production).
- Vol. 1: The Two Swords
- Sections: Christendom and Empire; Crises, Schisms, and Dissent; Reformations and Revolutions;
Theopolitics and Religious Diplomacy; Inter-faith relations: confrontation and dialogue
- 2: The Governance of the Church
- Sections: The Pope within the Church; The Roman Curia; Canon Law; Finances; Papal
- 3: Civil Society
- Sections: Spaces, liturgies, travel; Women, gender, sexuality; Science, medicine,
technology; Education, culture, arts
- Medieval Canon Law, 2nd edition. An expanded and revised version of the First Edition by James A. Brundage
(The Medieval World; Routledge, 2022).
- Editor, A Cultural History of Genocide, Vol. 2: The Middle Ages (Bloomsbury Academic Publisher, 2021). Contributors: Jonathan Elukin, Edward Schoolman,
David Bachrach, Bernard S. Bachrach
- Edited with Danica Summerlin, The Use of Canon Law in Ecclesiastical Administration, 1000–1250 (Medieval Law and Its Practice, 26; Brill, 2018). Contributors: John Ott, Mia Münster-Swendsen,
Melodie H. Eichbauer, Jason Taliadoros, Greta Austin, Danica Summerlin, Stephan Dusil,
William North, Kathleen Cushing, Louis Hamilton, Bruce Brasington
- Edited with Kenneth Pennington, Law as Profession and Practice in Medieval Europe:
Essays Dedicated to James Brundage (Ashgate/Routledge, 2011).
Journal Articles and Essays
- "Gratian's Decretum: The Transmission and Fluidity of Legal Knowledge in the Twelfth Century," Cambridge History of the Papacy, Vol. 2: The Governance of the Church, series eds. Joëlle Rollo Koster and Robert A. Ventresca, eds. M. H. Eichbauer and
Miles Pattenden (Cambridge University Press, in production).
- “The Shaping and Reshaping of Relationships between Church and State from Late Antiquity
to the Present: A Historical Perspective through the Lens of Canon Law,” Religions special issue “Catholic-Church State Relations in Global Transition,” edited by Jo
Renee Formicola (2022).
- "The Uniqueness of Prima Causa in MS Sankt Gallen 673," in Generating and Transferring Legal Knowledge in the 12th Century The Manuscript Saint
Gall, Stiftsbibliothek 673, eds. Stephan Dusil and Andreas Thier (Medieval Law and Its
Practice; Medieval Law and Its Practice, Leiden: Brill, 2022).
- "Introduction," A Cultural History of Genocide, Vol. 2: The Middle Ages, ed. M. H. Eichbauer (London: Bloomsbury Academic Publishers, 2021), 1–30.
- "Legal theory amid practice: Property and tithing rights in the summa of Stephen of
Tournai," Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, 17–23 July 2016, Paris, eds. Franck Roumy et al. (Monumenta iuris canonici, Series C: Subsidia, 16 (Vatican
City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2021).
- "Legal Authorities and their Legislative Priorities: The Treatment of Leprosy in the
Sources of Canon Law," Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, Kanonistische Abteilung 106 (2020): 153–195.
- "A Desire for the Latest and the Greatest: Papal Decretals and Roman Law in the Collectio decem paritum," Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law n.s. 36 (2019): 195–208.
- "Law in Service of a Community: Property and Tithing Rights in Gratian's Decretum and Stephen of Tournai's Summa," in The Use of Canon Law in Ecclesiastical Administration, 1000–1250, eds. M. H. Eichbauer and Danica Summerlin (Medieval Law and Its Practice, 26; Leiden:
Brill, 2018), 69–88.
- with Danica Summerlin, "Introduction," in The Use of Canon Law in Ecclesiastical Administration, 1000–1250, eds. M. H. Eichbauer and Danica Summerlin (Medieval Law and Its Practice, 26; Leiden:
Brill, 2018), 1–22.
- with Edward Peters, "Canon Law," in Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies, ed. Paul E. Szarmach (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780195396584-0033.
- "The Bishop with Two Hats: Reconciling Episcopal and Military Obligations in Causa
23 of Gratian's Decretum," in Civilians and Warfare in World History, eds. Nicola Foote and Nadya Williams (Cass Military Studies; London-New York: Routledge,
- "Rethinking Causae 23–26 as the Causae hereticorum," Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, Kanonistische Abteilung 101 (2015): 86–149.
- "Medieval Inquisitorial Procedure: Procedural Rights and the Question of Due Process
in the Thirteenth Century," History Compass 12, no. 1 (2014): 72–83.
- "Gratian's Decretum and the Changing Historiographical Landscape," History Compass 11, no. 12 (2013): 1111–1125.
- "From the First to the Second Recension: The Progressive Evolution of the Decretum," Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law, New Series, 29 (2012): 119–167.
- Executive Editor, The Florida Undergraduate Research Journal
- Editorial Board, Journal of Medieval History
- Editor, The Medieval Review
- Bibliography and Reviews Editor, Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law
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