Joseph P. Huffman
Dean, School of the Humanities
Professor of European History
Boyer Hall 104A
(717) 766-2511 ext. 7259
European History Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles (1991)
German History, Universities of Regensburg and Cologne (1988-89)
European History M.A., University of California at Los Angeles (1985)
Medieval Studies M.A., Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University (1984)
History B.A., Seattle Pacific University (1982)
Dean, School of Humanities, Messiah College (2002-)
Professor of European History, Messiah College (2003-)
Associate Professor of European History, Messiah College (1997- 2002)
Assistant Professor of European History, Messiah College (1994-1997)
Assistant Professor of European History, Westmont College (1991-1994)
Teaching Associate and Teaching Fellow, University of California at Los Angeles (1985-1988; 1990-1991)
Courses Taught at Messiah College
HIS 105 Western Civilization before 1500
HIS 134 Knights, Peasants, and Bandits: A Social History of Medieval England
HIS 341 Greco-Roman Society and Culture
HIS 343 Medieval Europe
HIS 348 Renaissance and Reformation Europe
HIS 359 Tudor-Stuart England (1400-1700)
HIS 368 Modern Germany
HIS 420 Historiography and Philosophy of History (Senior Seminar)
LAT 101 Fundamentals of Latin I
LAT 102 Fundamentals of Latin II
LAT 201 Intermediate Latin
Honors and Grants
Messiah College Scholarship Chair (2001-2003)
Who's Who among America's Teachers (2002, 2004)
German-American Fulbright Commission Research Fellowship (1998-99)
Excellence in Teaching Award (1997)
Presidential Scholars Lecture Series Speaker (Fall 1996)
Messiah College Faculty Scholarship Award (1999-2000, 1995-96)
Messiah College Travel Funds Grant (2001, 1998, 1997, 1995)
Westmont College Faculty Development Grant (1994, 1992)
UCLA Teaching Fellowship (1990-91), University Fellowship (1990-91), Dissertation Fellowship (1989-90)
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Research Fellowship (1988-89)
University of Regensburg: German Studies Summer Seminar Fellowship (1988)
UCLA Teaching Associateship (1987-88, 1986-87, 1985)
Award by the Consulate General of West Germany in Los Angeles "in Anerkennung für hervorragende
Leistungen im Deutschunterricht" [in recognition for distinguished achievements in the study of German]
Graduated Summa Cum Laude in the Master's Program at Western Michigan University (1984)
Western Michigan University Dean's Research Assistantship (1983-84), Graduate Fellowship (1982-83)
The Social Politics of Medieval Diplomacy: Anglo-German Relations (1066-1307) [Studies in Medieval
and Early Modern Europe 7] (University of Michigan Press, 2000)
Family, Commerce, and Religion in London and Cologne: Anglo-German Emigrants c. 1000- c. 1300
[Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought, Fourth Series, 39] (Cambridge University Press, 1998)
Paperback edition: December 2002.
Articles & Chapters:
"Travel and Mobility," "Cologne," in The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages ed. Robert E. Bjork
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, in production).
"Die sozialen Aspekte der Außenpolitik: Diplomatische Beziehungen zwischen englischen und deutschen
Herrschern im 12. Jahrhundert," in Der Weg in eine weitere Welt: Kommunikation und
"politisches Handeln" im 12. Jahrhundert ed. Hanna Vollrath [Neue Aspekte der europäischen
Mittelalterforschung 2] (Münster/Hamburg/Berlin/Vienna/London: LIT Verlag, forthcoming) . ISBN 3-8258-6856-7
"Potens et Pauper: Charity and Authority in Jurisdictional Disputes over the Poor in Medieval Cologne," in
Plenitude of Power: The Doctrines and Exercise of Authority in the Middle Ages ed. Robert Figueira
[Church, Faith, and the Medieval West Series] (Abingdon: Ashgate Publishing, 2005).
"Cologne, Archbishopric," "Cologne, History," "Empress Matilda," "Westphalia," and "Siegburg Abbey," in
Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia ed. John M. Jeep [Garland Reference Library of the Humanities:
Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages] (New York: Garland Publishing, 2000)
"Mitravit me et ego eum coronabo. The Archbishop of Cologne and Richard of Cornwall: An Interregional
Perspective on Regnum and Sacerdotium," in Medieval Germany: Associations and Delineations
ed. Nancy van Deusen [Claremont Cultural Studies Series: Wissenschaftliche Abhandlungen LXII/5]
(Ottowa, Canada: 2000) 71-92.
"Faith, Reason, and the Text. The Return of the Middle Ages in Post-Modern Scholarship,"
Christian Scholar's Review 29: 2 (Winter 1999) 281-301.
"Documentary Evidence of Anglo-German Currency Movement in the Central Middle Ages: Cologne and
English Sterling," British Numismatic Journal 65 (1995) 32-45.
Curriculum chapter units for teaching the Middle Ages in High School entitled: "Women in Medieval Europe,"
"Medieval Universities," and "Medieval Castles" in the series published by The National Center for History
in the Schools (Los Angeles, 1992)
"Anglicus in Colonia: Die juristische, soziale und ökonomische Stellung der Engländer in Köln während
des 12. und 13. Jahrhunderts," Jahrbuch des Kölnischen Geschichtsvereins 62 (1991) 1-62.
"Prosopography and the Anglo-Imperial Connection: A Cologne Ministerialis Family and its English
Relations," Medieval Prosopography 11 no. 2 (Autumn 1990) 53-134.
Choice (forthcoming) C. M. Woolgar, The Senses in Late Medieval England (Yale University Press, 2007)
Francia: Studies in Western European History (forthcoming): Yvonne Leiverkus, Köln: Bilder einer
spätmittelalterlichen Stadt (Cologne, Weimar, Vienna: Böhlau Verlag, 2005).
Francia: Studies in Western European History (forthcoming): Thomas R. Kraus, ed., Regesten der Reichsstadt
Aachen (einschließlich des Aachener Reiches und der Reichsabtei Burtscheid) V: 1381-1395 [Publikationen
der Gesellschaft für Rheinische Geschichtskunde 47] (Düsseldorf: Droste Verlag, 2005).
Francia. Studies in Western European History 34/1 (2007) 251-53: Hugo Stehkämper, Köln -- und darüber hinaus.
Ausgewählte Abhandlungen 2 vols. ed. Everhard Kleinertz [Mitteilungen aus dem Stadtarchiv von
Köln 94] (Cologne: Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln, 2004).
EH.Net (Economic History Reviews) (December 2006): Christopher Dyer, An Age of Transition? Economy and
Society in the later Middle Ages (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005). URL: http://eh.net/bookreviews/library/1153.
Choice 43 (May 2006) 5497: John Blair, The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2005).
Francia. Studies in Western European History 33/1 (2006) 227-28: Thomas R. Kraus, ed., Regesten der Reichsstadt
Aachen (einschließlich des Aachener Reiches und der Reichsabtei Burtscheid) IV: 1366-1380 [Publikationen
der Gesellschaft für Rheinische Geschichtskunde 47] (Düsseldorf: Droste Verlag, 2002).
Choice 43 (November 2005) 1818: M. Gosman, A. Macdonald, and A. Vanderjagt, eds., Princes and Princely
Culture 1450-1650 Vol. II. [Brill's Studies in Intellectual History 118/2] (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2005).
Choice 42 (February 2005) 3640: Gerd Althoff, Family, Friends and Followers. Political and Social Bonds
in Early Medieval Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004). Originally published
as Verwandte, Freunde und Getreue. Zum politischen Stellenwert der Gruppenbindungen
im früheren Mittelalter (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1990).
American Historical Review 109 (April 2004) 591-592: Pierre Chaplais, English Diplomatic Practice in the
Middle Ages (London: Hambledon and London, 2003).
Choice 41 (May 2004) 5494: Michael Evans, The Death of Kings: Royal Deaths in Medieval England
(London: Hambledon and London, 2003).
Choice 41 (April 2004) 4890: M. Gosman, A. Macdonald, and A. Vanderjagt, eds., Princes and Princely
Culture 1450-1650 Vol. I. [Brill's Studies in Intellectual History 118/1] (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2003).
Choice 41 (December 2003) 2399: Dianne Hall, Women and the Church in Medieval Ireland c. 1140-1540
(Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003).
Choice 41 (October 2003) 1164: Graham Speake, Mount Athos. Renewal in Paradise (New Haven:
Yale University Press, 2002).
Choice 40 (January 2003) 3014: Valentin Groebner, Liquid Assets, Dangerous Gifts. Presents and Politics
at the End of the Middle Ages [The Middle Ages Series] (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press
2002). Originally published as Gefährliche Geschenke: Politische Sprache und das Reden über Korruption
am Beginn der Neuzeit (Konstanz: Universitätsverlag, 2002).
Albion: A Journal of British Studies 34: 2 (Summer 2002) 273-75: James Bothwell, P. J. P. Goldberg, and
W. M. Ormrod, eds., The Problem of Labor in Fourteenth-Century England (York: York Medieval Press,
Choice 39:9 (May 2002) 5251: Philippe Buc, The Dangers of Ritual: Between Early Medieval Texts and Social
Scientific Theory (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001).
Choice 39: 2 (October 2001) 1163: Warren Brown, Unjust Seizure. Conflict, Interest, and Authority in an
Early Medieval Society (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001).
Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 76:4 (October 2001) 1094-1095: Arnd Reitemeier, Außenpolitik im
Spätmittelalter: Die diplomatischen Beziehungen zwischen dem Reich und England, 1377-1422
[Publications of the German Historical Institute, London, 45] (Paderborn/Munich/Vienna/Zurich:
Ferdinand Schöeningh, 1999).
Choice 38: 9 (May 2001) 5193: Peter Fleming, Family and Household in Medieval England [Social History in
Perspective] (New York: Palgrave Press, 2001).
Choice 38: 7 (March 2001) 4105: Anne J. Duggan, ed., Nobles and Nobility in Medieval Europe: Concepts,
Origins, Transformations (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2000).
Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 76:1 (January 2001) 188-190: James M. Murray, A History of
Business in Medieval Europe, 1200-1550 [Cambridge Medieval Textbooks] (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 1999)
Choice 38:2 (October 2000) 1179: I. S. Robinson, Henry IV of Germany: 1056-1106 (Cambridge University
Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London 21: 2 (November 1999) 47-51: Manfred Groten,
Köln im 13. Jahrhundert. Gesellschaftlicher Wandel und Verfassungswirklichkeit [Städteforschung,
Reihe A: Darstellungen 36] 2nd ed. (Cologne, Weimar, Vienna: Böhlau Verlag, 1998)
Choice 36:4 (December 1998) 2368: Wolfgang Behringer, Shaman of Oberstdorf. Chonrad Stoecklin and the
Phantoms of the Night, trans. H. C. Erick Midelfort, Studies in Early Modern German History, 4
(University Presses of Virginia, 1998). Originally published as Chonrad Stoeckhlin und die Nachtschar:
Eine Geschichte aus der frühen Neuzeit (Munich: R. Piper, 1994)
Choice 36: 2 (October 1998) 1185: Daniel G. Russo, Town Origins and Development in Early England,
c. 400-950 A.D. [Contributions to the Study of World History 58] (Greenwood Press, 1998)
Choice 35: 11/12 (July/August 1998) 6454: Hillay Zmora, State and Nobility in Early Modern Germany.
The Knightly Feud in Franconia (1440-1567) [Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History]
(Cambridge University Press, 1997)
Choice 35: 3 (November 1997) 1749: Jonathan Hughes, The Religious Life of Richard III: Piety and Prayer
in the North of England (Sutton, 1997)
Choice 35: 1 (September 1997) 510: Shulamit S. Magnus, Jewish Emancipation in a German City: Cologne,
1798-1871 [Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture] (Stanford University Press, 1997)
Bryn Mawr Medieval Review 5 (November 1997): Alfred Haverkamp and Hanna Vollrath, eds.
England and Germany in the High Middle Ages [Studies of the German Historical Institute of London]
(Oxford University Press, 1996)
Choice 34: 6 (February 1997) 3473: Joel T. Rosenthal, Old Age in Late Medieval England (University of
Pennsylvania Press, 1996)
Choice 34: 4 (December 1996) 2314: Gillian T. W. Ahlgren, Teresa of Avila. The Politics of Sanctity
(Cornell University Press, 1996)
Choice 34: 3 (November 1996) 1725: David Nirenberg, Communities of Violence. Persecution of Minorities
in the Middle Ages (Princeton University Press, 1996)
Choice 33: 11/12 (July/August 1996) 6466: Isabel W. Hull, Sexuality, State, and Civil Society in Germany,
1700-1815 (Cornell University Press, 1996)
Research for a book provisionally entitled, Community and Charity: Urban Poor Relief in Medieval Cologne
before the Black Death
Professional Papers Presented, Sessions Chaired, Conferences Organized
Moderator of the Reynold Koppel Lecture at Millersville University's 25th Annual Conference on the Holocaust
(Eric Weitz, Why was the Twentieth Century 'The Century of Genocide' ?) on 2-4 April 2005.
E Pluribus Unum or The Two Americas?, Spring Humanities Symposium at Messiah College on
21-24 February 2005. Keynote Speaker: David McCullough (American Historian).
Participant in the Eighth Anglo-American Seminar on the Medieval Economy and Society at Gregynog,
University of Wales on 9-12 July 2004.
"Charity, Cooperation, and Coercion: Managing the Poor in Medieval Cologne," at a special session
I organized entitled Medieval and Reformation Europe: Paupers, Cathars, and Lutherans at the
American Societyof Church History Conference at Messiah College on 1-3 April 2004.
Culture, Community, and Belonging, Spring Humanities Symposium at Messiah College on 8-12
March 2004. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jean Kilbourne (Media and Gender Studies Scholar).
The Future Challenges of the American Professoriate: Teaching, Scholarship, Civic Engagement
Joint Symposium for the School of the Humanities and the School of Social Sciences at Messiah
College on 17 October 2003. Keynote Speaker was Dr. Sheldon Hackney (Chairman Emeritus of
the National Endowment for the Humanities, President Emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania).
Potens et Pauper: Charity and Authority in Jurisdictional Disputes over the Poor in Medieval Cologne,"
at a special session entitled "I Study Power. Papers in Memory of Robert L. Benson at the 10th
International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, England in July 2003.
"Hausarmen: Cologne's Parochial Poor Relief System as a Form of Civic Solidarity and Self-Governance,"
at a special session entitled Towns, Trade, and Society at the 38th International Congress on
Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May 2003.
"Die sozialen Aspekte der Außenpolitik: diplomatische Beziehungen zwischen englischen und deutschen
Herrschern im 12. Jahrhundert," at a special session entitled Der Weg in eine weitere Welt:
Kommunikation und "politisches" Handeln im 12. Jahrhundert at the Forty-Fourth Deutscher Historikertag
in Halle, Germany from 11-13 September, 2002.
"Alien Merchants and International Trade," at a special session entitled New Approaches to International
Trade, c. 1000-1500 at the Seventh Anglo-American Seminar on the Medieval Economy and Society
sponsored by Trinity College and the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, Ireland from 13-16 July, 2001.
"The Poor and the Dead: A Communion of Saints in Medieval Cologne," at the Faculty Interdisciplinary
Fellowship Lecture of Messiah College on February 8, 2001.
"Epistemology and Liberal Arts Teaching: Medieval, Modern, and Postmodern," Keynote address at the
Faculty Development Day of Whitworth College on October 20, 2000.
Participant (with Edward M. Peters and E. Morris Sider) in a review of my book Family, Commerce, and
Religion in London and Cologne: Anglo-German Emigrants, c. 1000-c.1300 at the Boyer Center's
Faculty Seminar in November 1999.
"Gemeinwesen und Armenpflege im Mittelalter," at the Fulbright Berlin Seminar of the Alexander von
Humboldt Universität in March 1999.
"Ad usus pauperum: Poverty and Community in Medieval Cologne," at the Rhode Island Medieval Circle of
Brown University in September 1998.
"Armenpflege: Urban Poverty and Poor Relief in Medieval Cologne," in the special session entitled,
Medieval Germany: Continuity and Change at the 33rd International Congress of Medieval Studies in
"Imperialism and Medieval Realpolitik: Friedrich Hardegen and the Supposed Plantagenet
Einkreisungspolitik toward the German Empire," in the special session entitled, Studies in Medievalism
at the 32nd International Congress of Medieval Studies in May 1997.
"Bona Fide: Faith, Reason, and the Text. The Return of the Middle Ages in Post-Modern Scholarship," in the
Presidential Scholars Lecture Series at Messiah College on September 24 and 26, 1996.
"Mitravit me et ego eum coronabo. The Archbishop of Cologne and Richard of Cornwall: An Interregional
Perspective on Regnum and Sacerdotium in the 13th Century," at the 30th International Congress of
Medieval Studies in May 1995.
"Census, Becgine, et Denarii Colonienses et Anglienses: Currency Movement as Further Evidence of the
Anglo-German Nexus of the Central Middle Ages," at the 29th International Congress of Medieval Studies
in May 1994.
Participant in a comparative study of medieval spirituality entitled, Love Supreme, Love Divine: A Hindu-
Christian-Muslim Trialogue featuring Ramanuja of Srirangam, St. Anselm of Canterbury, and Al-Ghazali
of Baghdad at the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Lecture Series at Westmont College on January 31, 1994.
Chaired a session entitled, Back to the Future: Politics, Ethnicity, and the 'Rebalkinization' of Yugoslavia
at the College Colloquium Series of Westmont College on April 1, 1993.
"The Latinity of Norwich charters and Clues to Anglo-German Monastic Brotherhood Ties in the Twelfth
Century," at the Medieval Latin Colloquium of the Classics Department at UCLA on November 20, 1992.
Chaired a session entitled, Political Rhetoric in Tudor England at the 27th International Congress of Medieval
Studies in May 1992.
"The Anglo-Cologne Connection Revisited: Cologner Merchants and Artisans in England," at the 27th
International Congress of Medieval Studies in May 1992.
"Povertas apostolica vel abjecta? Christian Perceptions of Poverty and the Life of the Poor in Pre-Modern
Europe," at the College Colloquium Series of Westmont College on November 15, 1991.
Member of the session entitled, TEAMS Roundtable on Graduate Students' Concerns: Issues of Pedagogy
at the 26th International Congress of Medieval Studies in May 1991. (TEAMS [Teaching Medieval Studies]
is a scholarly association concerned with the teaching of the Middle Ages).
"Germanic terms in Medieval Latin Texts from Cologne and their Influence on the Latinity of the Period,"
at the Medieval Latin Colloquium of the Classics Department at UCLA on May 18, 1990.
Chaired a session entitled, Quod omnes tangit: Law and Society in the High Middle Ages at the 25th
International Congress of Medieval Studies in May 1990.
"Anglicus in Colonia: The Legal, Social and Economic Status of the English in Cologne during the Twelfth
and Thirteenth Centuries," at the 25th International Congress of Medieval Studies in May 1990.
"Approaches to Teaching Medieval Culture: Chivalry and the Historian," in a round-table discussion entitled,
Introducing General Education Students to Medieval Studies: A Panel Discussion on the Teaching of
Chivalry at the Midwest Modern Language Association Meeting on November 12-14, 1987.
"Ralph III and the House of Tosny. A Prosopographical Study of the Origins and Rise of an Anglo-Norman
Baronial Family," at the 20th International Congress of Medieval Studies in May 1984.
Other Professional Service
Article Submission Reviewer, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies (2003)
Panel Member, Messiah College Mission and Vocation Seminar (2002-2003)
Chair, Department of History at Messiah College (2001-2002)
Chair, Department of History & Political Science at Messiah College (1999-2001)
Historical Consultant, PBS series The Living Century: episode on the life and career of Ray Crist
Panel Member, Messiah College Christian Scholarship Seminar (1999-2000)
Monograph Submission Reviewer, American Academy of Religion Academy Series (1996)
Instructor, Summer Latin Seminar at Westmont College (Summer 1994)
Europe/Middle East Summer Semester, Westmont College: designed and led a seven-week Western
Civilization study tour of the eastern Mediterranean and Western Europe (Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Greece,
Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, England) for twenty students (Summer 1993)
Historical Consultant, National Center for History in the Schools. Assisted this NEH-funded program in
designing a curriculum for teaching the Middle Ages in American High Schools (1990-1991).
Archival Assistant, The J. Paul Getty Center for the Study of the Arts and the Humanities. Catalogued over
4,500 manuscript illuminations for the Photo Archive of Medieval Art (1989-90)
The American Historical Association
The Medieval Academy of America
German Historical Institute, London
German Historical Institute, Washington D.C.
The North American Conference on British Studies
Majestas: International Association for the Study of Rulership
ACAD (American Conference of Academic Deans)