Randall Todd Pippenger
I am a historian of the Middle Ages and specialize in the social and economic history of Europe between the years 1000 and 1500. My principal research interests include the history of the family, women, gender and sexuality, rural society, administration and rulership, power and authority, doctrine and praxis, and religious violence and persecution.
My dissertation, Crusading as a Family: A Study of the County of Champagne, 1175 to 1225, examines the myriad effects of crusading on the county of Champagne and the interrelated families within it. Crusading as a Family is part of an ongoing effort to better integrate the crusades and religious violence into mainstream social and economic studies of western Europe, and enters a wider debate about the impact of religious violence and persecution within societies, their influence on social values and family practices, and the development of the mentalités, political, administrative, and economic institutions which sustain them. For my research, I was awarded the Charles T. Wood Dissertation Grant from the Medieval Academy of America in 2016.
At Princeton, I completed general examination fields in the High Middle Ages, Early Medieval Europe, and State, Power and Authority in the Middle Ages. I have been an assistant in instruction for HIS 344: The Civilization of the High Middle Ages, HIS 345: The Crusades, HIS 367: English Constitutional History, and HIS 380: U.S. Foreign Relations. I have served as the History department’s Undergraduate Writing Consultant for one year, and am currently a Fellow at the University’s Writing Center and a Graduate Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion.
I received an M.A. in History from Princeton University in 2013, and an A.B. summa cum laude in History from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2011.