Scott Wells

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College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of History
Office Location: KH C4066
Phone: 323-343-2020 Email: swells2@exchange.calstatela.edu

Career at Cal State L.A.

History Department Chair, 2014 to Present
Professor, 2014 to Present

Associate Professor, 2009 to 2014
Assistant Professor, 2003 to 2009

Educational Background

Ph.D. in History, 2003: New York University, NY, NY
B.A., 1992: Columbia University, NY, NY

Research Interests

systems of thought in medieval and early modern Europe and their relationship to cultural, social and political contexts
histories of the body, including gender studies and disability studies
medieval spirituality and devotional practices, including those associated with mysticism and with relic veneration
cultural, political and institutional development of religious communties, especially in Germany from the Carolingian era through the twelfth century

Publications

"The gendering of power in the family and the state," with Ping Yao. In The Cambridge World History. Volume 4: A World with States, Empires and Networks 1200 BCE-900 CE, edited by Craig Benjamin. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

"Discourses on gender and sexuality," with Ping Yao. In The Cambridge World History. Volume 4: A World with States, Empires and Networks 1200 BCE-900 CE, edited by Craig Benjamin. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

"The Warrior Habitus: Militant Masculinity and Monasticism in the Henrician Reform Movement." In Negotiating Clerical Identities: Priests, Monks and Masculinity in the Middle Ages, edited by Jennifer Thibodeaux. Palgrave, 2010.

"The Exemplary Blindness of Francis of Assisi." In Disability in the Middle Ages: Reconsiderations and Reverberations, edited by Joshua Eyler. Ashgate, 2010.

Negotiating Community and Difference in Medieval Europe: Gender, Power, Patronage and the Authority of Religion in Latin Christendom. Essays in honor of Penelope D. Johnson, co-edited with Katherine Allen Smith. Brill, 2009.

"The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity in East Francia: The Case of Gandersheim, ca. 850-950." In Negotiating Community and Difference in Medieval Europe.

Teaching Fields

medieval and early modern Europe
world history to 1700
comparative religion
historiography and critical theory