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Teresa P. Rupp, Ph.D.

Teresa Rupp


Department of History

Knott Academic Center
Room 200G

+1 (301) 447-5156

After completing her doctorate in medieval history at Cornell University, Teresa Rupp, Ph.D., came to the Mount in 1988 to teach in what was then the new core curriculum. Core courses she has taught over the years include Freshman Seminar and various iterations of the western civilization sequence. She is particularly proud of her work developing and teaching the interdisciplinary humanities course Origins of the West. Dr. Rupp also teaches elective courses in ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval history, including the interdisciplinary course The Age of Dante.

Her scholarly work has focused on medieval political thought, especially in the context of the Italian communes. Recently she has developed an interest in medievalism--modern appropriations and adaptations of the Middle Ages. An enthusiastic amateur musician, she studies piano at Frederick Community College and plays viola in the Frederick Symphony Orchestra. She blogs at the Scholarly Dilettante.

  • Ph.D., Cornell University (1988)
  • M.A., Cornell University (1983)
  • B.A., University of Santa Clara (1980)
  • George and Bettie Delaplaine Chair of the Humanities, 2009-2012
  • John W. Richards Award for Teaching Excellence, 2009
  • Faculty Summer Grants, 1990 and 2008
  • George C. Boldt Fellowship, 1985-86
  • Martha Barrett Scholarship, 1985-86
  • Borsa di studio, Centro di studi francescani, summer 1985
  • Bryce and Edith Bowmar Fellowship, spring 1985 and fall 1987
  • Gertrude A. Gillmore Fellowship, 1983-84
  • Sage Graduate Fellowship, 1980-81
  • Cornell Summer Fellowships, 1983-87
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1980
  • Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society), 1980
  • Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society), 1978
  • Santa Clara University Honors Program Scholarship, 1976-80
  • Santa Clara University Redwood Prize for Best Historical Essay, 1979
  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • The European Middle Ages
  • Medievalism

“Teaching the Middle Ages through Harry Potter.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, forthcoming.

“From Ivanhoe to Ironclad: Excavating Layers of Tradition in a Medieval Film.” The Year’s Work in Medievalism 32 (2017).

“A Historian Teaches Dante.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 24 (Fall 2017), 115-124.

“The Elephant In and Out of the Room: Remigio dei Girolami’s Responses to Charles de Valois.” Medieval Sermon Studies 59 (2015), 57-73.

“‘Love Justice, You who Judge the Earth’: Remigio dei Girolami’s Sermons to the Florentine Priors, 1293-95.” Preaching and Political Society From Late Antiquity to the End of the Middle Ages / Depuis l’Antiquité tardive jusqu’à la fin du Moyen Âge. Ed. Franco Morenzoni. Sermo 10. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2013.

“If You Want Peace, Work for Justice: Dino Compagni’s Cronica and the Ordinances of Justice.” Florence and Beyond: Culture, Society, and Politics in Renaissance Italy. Essays and Studies 15. Ed. David S. Peterson with Daniel E. Bornstein. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2008. 323-337.

“Damnation, the Individual, and the Community in Remigio dei Girolami’s De bono communi.” History of Political Thought 21 (2000), 217-236.

“‘Common’ = ‘Of the Commune’: Private Property and Individualism in Remigio dei Girolami’s De bono pacis.” History of Political Thought 14 (1993), 41-56.