Randall Todd Pippenger
Randall Todd Pippenger specializes in the social and economic history of Europe between the years 1000 and 1500. His principal research interests include religion and society, religious violence and persecution, cross-cultural contact and the crusades, women, gender and sexuality, and the history of the family and social organizations.
His dissertation, Crusading as a Family: A Study of the County of Champagne, 1179 to 1226, examines the myriad effects of crusading on the county of Champagne and the interrelated families within it, and is part of an ongoing effort to better integrate the crusades into mainstream histories of Europe. It 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 and institutions which sustain them. For his research, Randall was awarded the Charles T. Wood Dissertation Grant from the Medieval Academy of America in 2016, and a Religion and Culture Fellowship from the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University in 2017.
At Princeton, Randall teaches HIS 344: The Civilization of the High Middle Ages and HIS 345: The Crusades. He has previously served as the department’s undergraduate writing consultant, a fellow at the university’s Writing Center, and an assistant in instruction for HIS 210: The World of Late Antiquity, HIS 367: English Constitutional History, and HIS 380: U.S. Foreign Relations. Currently, he is coordinating an intellectual history project commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies.
Ph.D., History, Princeton University
M.A., History, Princeton University
A.B. summa cum laude, History, Religious Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
“Lives on hold: the Dampierre family, captivity, and the crusades in thirteenth-century Champagne,” Journal of Medieval History, 44 (2018): 507-528.
Tales of a Minstrel of Reims, translated by Samuel N. Rosenberg, historical introduction by William Chester Jordan, annotated by Randall Todd Pippenger, forthcoming.