Faculty Profile

Gender Studies Faculty

George Dameron, PhD

History Department Chair, Professor of History
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Ph.D. Harvard University
M.A. Harvard University
B.A. Duke University

Areas of Expertise:

Medieval and Early Modern Europe; Medieval Italy, with particular focus on thirteenth and fourteenth century Tuscany (social, economic, cultural, political)

Courses I Teach:

  • Ancient and Medieval Civilization
  • The Black Death
  • Culture and Society in Medieval Italy
  • Early Modern Europe
  • The Franciscans
  • The Historian's Craft
  • Honors Colloquium
  • Joan of Arc (First Year Seminar)
  • Medieval Europe
  • Renaissance and Reformation
  • Senior Seminar
  • Topics in Medieval History: (topics vary and include "Women and Gender in the Middle Ages")
  • President of the New England Historical Association, 2006-2007
  • Norbert A. Kuntz Faculty Service Award, 2006
  • The Reverend Gerald E. Dupont Award for contributions to the Saint Michael's College community, presented by the Student Association of Saint Michael's College; May 2011
  • Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award, 1995
  • Fellow,The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at the Villa I Tatti (Florence, Italy), 1987-1988

My most recent published book is Florence and Its Church in the Age of Dante (Pennsylvania, 2005). Currently, I am writing the book, The Making of Medieval Florence. I am also working on a book on the political economy of grain in north Italian communes in the thirteenth century.

Life Off Campus:

I enjoy tennis, running, hiking, kayaking, keeping a 170-year-old Vermont Greek Revival house in good shape, and listening to music (all genres, from pop to opera).

George Dameron, professor and chair of history and director of the Humanities Center, was invited to present the paper, “Identifying a Killer by Cracking the Teeth of the Dead: Recent Scientific and Historical Research into the Nature of the Black Death,” at the fall 2013 meeting of the American Boccaccio Association at Georgetown University on October 4. A month later he completed his three-year term as Secretary of the New England Medieval Conference at the annual meeting of that association at the Rhode Island School of Design. Finally, in January 2014, at the annual conference of the American Historical Association in Washington, D. C., he presided over a session he was invited to organize by the Society for Italian Historical Studies:  “Current Trends in Franciscan Studies:  The Case of Medieval Italy.” (March 2014)

George Dameron, professor and chair of history, recently had his essay, "Purgatory and Modernity," published in Bridging the Medieval-Modern Divide:  Medieval Times in the World of the Reformation, edited by James Muldoon (Ashgate, 2013), 87-105.  George also presented a paper at the meeting of the Medieval Academy of America on April 4 at the University of Tennessee. Entitled "The Political Economy of Grain and the Tuscan City-State, 1200-1350," it focused on the subject of his current major project. And George delivered a public lecture, "Florence at the Time of Dante and Giotto," at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on June 4. The lecture accompanied the exhibition, "Revealing the Early Renaissance". Currently vice president of the advisory board of the Lane Series at the University of Vermont, he is also completing his terms this year as secretary of the New England Medieval Conference and member of the Hinesburg Village Steering Committee.

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