Dr. Megan M. McLaughlin

Profile picture for Dr. Megan M. McLaughlin

Contact Information

445C Gregory Hall
Professor Emerita

Research Interests

Medieval European social and religious history; history of women and gender; history of madness and "altered spiritual states"


Ph.D., Stanford University, 1985

Additional Campus Affiliations

Emeritus 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.