Scott Wells

photo of Professor Scott Wells
College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of History
Office Location: KH A4026
Phone: 323-343-2025 Email: swells2@calstatela.edu

Career at Cal State L.A.

  • Professor, 2014 to Present
  • Associate Director, Honors College,2017 to 2019
  • History Department Chair, 2014 to 2017
  • 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