Joseph P. Huffman

Joseph Huffman's book on the imperial city of Cologne
Medieval History

Joseph P. Huffman


Distinguished Professor of European History
Medieval & Renaissance Europe, Germany, England, Historiography, Latin Language & Literature

Office: 255 Boyer Hall
Phone: 717-766-2511 x 7259

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., European History, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1991
  • German Studies, University of Cologne, University of Regensburg, 1988-1989
  • M.A., European History, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1985
  • M.A., Medieval Studies, The Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, 1984
  • B.A., History, Seattle Pacific University, 1982


Joseph Huffman is a historian of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. His research centers on the Rhineland (especially the city of Cologne) and England, with a particular interest in the development of urban institutions and societies and in the inter-regional exchanges between cities and monarchies. Dr. Huffman has published books, articles, and reviews in both English and German in Europe as well as in North America. In addition to his teaching and research assignments, he has a broad interest in both the humanities as well as in civic outreach, and in this capacity served as the founding Dean of the School of the Humanities and the Director of the Center for Public Humanities. 

Courses Taught

  • Knights, Peasants, and Bandits: A Social History of Medieval England
  • Medieval Europe: AD 1000-1500
  • Tudor-Stuart England: AD 1400-1700
  • Historical Study of Peace
  • Reading Seminars: Trial of Joan of Arc
  • Fundamentals of Latin II (Language), Intermediate Latin (Literature), and Topics in Latin Literature
  • First Year Seminar (Honors Program) -- Growing the Family Tree: Family History, Genealogy, and Personal Identity

Selected Publications

  • The Imperial City of Cologne: From Roman Colony to Medieval Metropolis (19 B.C. – A.D. 1125)  [Early Medieval North Atlantic Series] (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018).
  • "Chivalry and Diplomacy," "Emperor Frederick Barbarossa," "Emperor Frederick II," "John of Gaunt," and "Saladin," in Gordon Martel, ed., The Encyclopedia of Diplomacy (Chichester, England: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018) I: 324-327; II: 745-748, 748-752; III: 1008-1010; IV: 1675-1677.
  • "Urban Diplomacy: Cologne, the Rhenish League 1254-1257), and the Rhenish Urban League (1381-1389)," in Vincent Baydal and Leonardo Solar, eds., Estructuras institucionales, conflictos y cultura politica en Europa - Institutional Structures, Conflicts, and Political Culture in Europe, 13th -15th Centuries, [Special Issue], Anales de la Universidad de Alicante: Historia Medieval  19 (2015-2016) 193-219.
  • "The Donation of Zeno: St. Barnabas and the Origins of the Cypriot Archbishop's Regalia Privileges," Journal of Ecclesiastical History 66:2 (April 2015) 1-26.
  • "The Donation of Zeno: St. Barnabas and the Modern History of the Cypriot Archbishop's Regalia Privileges," Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 84:4 (December 2015) 713-745.
  • "The Medieval Synthesis: Religion, Society, and Culture," in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Christianity eds. Lamin Sanneh and Michael J. McClymond (forthcoming December 2015).
  • "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, 2008) 59-84.
  • "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, 2006) 107-124.
  • 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.

Selected Presentations

  • "Pro remedio anime sue: Donations of Women Religious to the Hospital Endowments of Cologne in the Later Middle Ages," at the 10. Internationale Arbeitskreis geistliche Frauengemeinschaften im europäischen Mittelalter Arbeitstreffen: Aktuelle Forschungsdiskurse und -projekte at Heiligkreuztal Abbey, Baden-Württemberg, Germany on 4-6 April 2019.
  • "Confession, Identity, and Historiography," in a roundtable seminar at the 3. Internationale Arbeitskreis geistliche Frauengemeinschaften im europäischen Mittelalter Tagung at Weingarten Abbey, Baden-Württemberg, Germany on 22-25 March 2017.