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Dr. Megan M. McLaughlin

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Contact Information

445C Gregory Hall
Professor Emerita

Research Interests

Autism and human rights in the contemporary United States;  medieval European history

Research Description

My current book project looks at the institutionalized "ableism" that enables discrimination against and abuse directed towards autistic people.


Ph.D., Stanford University, 1985

Additional Campus Affiliations

Emerita Professor - Gender and Women's Studies
Emerita - Medieval Studies

Recent Publications


McLaughlin, Megan. Sex, Gender and Episcopal Authority in an Age of Reform, 1000-1122. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

McLaughlin, Megan. Consorting with Saints: Prayer for the Dead in Early Medieval France. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1994.


McLaughlin, Megan ""The Church as Bride in Eleventh-Century England"." Les Strategies matrimoniales (IXe-XIII siecles), Turnhout: Brepols, 2013.

""Women and Men"." The Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 4: Christianity in Western Europe, c. 1100-c. 1500, compiled by Miri Rubin, compiled by Walter Simons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2009, p. 187-99.

""The Bishop as Bridegroom: Marital Imagery and Clerical Celibacy in the Eleventh and Early Twelfth Centuries"." Medieval Purity and Piety: Essays on Medieval Clerical Celibacy and Religious Reform, edited by Michael Frassetto. New York: Garland, 1998, p. 209-37.

McLaughlin, Megan. ""Spiritual and Secular Fatherhood in the Eleventh Century"." Conflicted Identities and Multiple Masculinities: Men in the Medieval West, edited by Jacqueline Murray. New York: Garland, 1999, p. 25-43.


McLaughlin, Megan. ""Disgusting Acts of Shamelessness: Sexual Misconduct and the Deconstruction of Royal Authority in the Eleventh Century"." Early Medieval Europe, vol. forthcoming, 2011.

McLaughlin, Megan. ""The Bishop in the Bedroom: Witnessing Episcopal Sexuality in an Age of Reform"." Journal of the History of Sexuality, vo. 19, no. 1, 2010, p. 17-34.

McLaughlin, Megan. ""Abominable Mingling: Father-Daughter Incest and the Law"." Medieval Feminist Newsletter, vol. 24, 1997, p. 26-30.

McLaughlin, Megan. ""The Twelfth-Century Ritual of Death and Burial at Saint-Jean-en-Vallee in the Diocese of Chartres"." Revue Benedictine, vol. 105, 1995, p. 155-66.

McLaughlin, Megan. ""'Familiarity and Love': Noble Friendship and Liturgical Commemoration in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries."." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Western Society for French History, vol. 18, 1991, p. 60-69.

McLaughlin, Megan. ""Gender Paradox and the Otherness of God"." Gender & History, vol. 3, 1991, p. 147-59.

McLaughlin, Megan. ""On Communion with the Dead"." Journal of Medieval History, vol. 17, 1991, p. 23-34.

McLaughlin, Megan. ""The Woman Warrior: Gender, Warfare and Society in Medieval Europe"." Women's Studies, vol. 17, 1990, p. 193-209.