Faculty Profile

Medieval Studies Faculty

George Dameron, PhD

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 of history and coordinator of the medieval studies minor, has published the following article in the journal of the Medieval Academy of America: “Feeding the Medieval Italian City-State:  Grain, War, and Political Legitimacy in Tuscany, c. 1150-c. 1350,” Speculum:  A Journal of Medieval Studies 92 (4) October 2017:  976-1019.  The article is based on archival research in three cities (Florence, Lucca, and Siena).  It argues that strategies for food (grain) security, often intentionally threatened by the military operations of rival city-states, were essential to maintain the stability and political legitimacy of the ruling regimes in these three Tuscan communes.  A conference panel he organized, "Change and Innovation in the Intellectual and Visual Cultures of Medieval Italy, ca. 1150 - ca. 1350: Papers in Memory and Honor of Ronald G. Witt," has also been accepted for inclusion in the program of the 2018 New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies in March (in Sarasota, Florida). George also is the author of the peer-reviewed essay, “Church and Community in a Medieval Italian City:  The Place of San Lorenzo in Florentine Society from Late Antiquity to the Early Fourteenth Century,” published this summer in the volume, San Lorenzo:  A Florentine Church (Florence:  Villa I Tatti, 2017).  He is also currently serving this fall as a reviewer of fellowship applications for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).
(posted December 2017) 

George Dameron, professor and chair of history, reports that his essay, “Church and Community in a Medieval Italian City:  The Place of San Lorenzo in Florentine Society from Late Antiquity to the Early Fourteenth Century,” has been published in the book, San Lorenzo:  A Florentine Church, eds. Robert Gaston and Louis Waldman (Villa I Tatti Series 33; Florence, 2017).  George will be attend the formal presentation of the volume at the basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence on June 14. In the spring he attended and participated in a session at the New England Historical Association in which history department chairs from all over New England discussed enrollment challenges. In the fall Dameron served again as a reviewer of fellowship applications for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).
(posted June 2017) 

George Dameron, professor of history, has published an essay on recent research on the plague of the fourteenth century:  “Identificazione di un killer: recenti scoperte scientifiche e storiche sulla natura della Pesta Nera,” trans. Elsa Filosa, in Boccaccio 1313-2013, eds. Francesco Ciabattoni, Kristina Olson, and Elsa Filosa, 57-70 (Ravenna:  Longo Editore, 2015).  In addition, he has published an essay on the Florentine Church during the lifetime of Dante Alighieri, entitled "Church and Orthodoxy,"  in Dante in Context, edited by Lino Pertile and Zygmunt Baranski, 83-105 (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2015).  On January 7, 2016, he also chaired and commented at the last American Historical Association meeting (Atlanta) on three papers as part of the panel on the Italian Renaissance state.
(posted June 2016)

George Dameron, professor and chair of history, has learned that his peer-reviewed article, “Florence,” will be published in Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies by Oxford University Press.  This is an online, annotated, extensive bibliography that also includes several short essays on current research. In addition, his essay, “Church and Commune in Thirteenth Century Pistoia:  Grain and the Struggle for Political Legitimacy in Medieval Tuscany,” has just been published in The Late Medieval and Renaissance City-State and Beyond: Essays in Honour of M. E. Bratchel, edited by C. I. Hamilton and Anita Virga, in The South African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, vols. 22/23 (2012-2013), 23-38.  For this coming spring he has been invited to be a respondent on the panel, “Civic Peace and Conflict,” at the 41st annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium in Sewanee, Tennessee, which meets on April 10 and 11.

(posted April 2015)

George Dameron, professor and chair of History, has learned that his essay, “The Church as Lord,” has just been published in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity, edited by John Arnold (Oxford University Press, 2014).  It is included in the section of the book dedicated to “Power.”  On August 7 he presented and discussed his paper, “Feeding the Medieval Tuscan City-State:  Food and Political Legitimacy in the Tuscan Commune, c. 1200-c. 1350,” at the Second Annual Vermont Medieval Summit, meeting at Marlboro College. Recently he has also been invited to contribute an essay on the teaching of Dante for the second edition of Approaches to Teaching Dante’s ‘Comedy,’ published by the Modern Language Association in its series, Approaches to Teaching World Literature
(posted December 2014)

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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