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Graduate Students

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Marissa Crannell-Ash

Track: PhD
Advisor: Thomas Devaney, Laura Smoller

Major Fields: Environmental History and Medieval History
Minor Fields: Late Antique/Early Medieval Religion and Human/Animal boundaries

Curriculum Vitae


European History

Research Interests

Medieval animal trials, human/animal boundaries, animal inclusion in human communities, gender, medieval conceptions of humanity and personhood.


MA, History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2015
MA, History, University of Rochester, 2018
BA, History, University of Minnesota-Morris, 2013
BA, Anthropology, University of Minnesota-Morris, 2013

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • HIST 197:  Monsters in Western History, Syllabus

Selected Publications

  • Publications:
  • MA Thesis: “Utterly Confused Categories: Gender Non-Conformity in Late Medieval and Early Modern Western Europe.” Published in June 2015.
  • Presentations:
  • Gender Non-Conformity in Late Medieval and Early Modern Western Europe.” Presented at the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies 2015 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. January 2015.
  • Embodying Strategies of Resistance: Gender Passing in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe.” Presented at 4th annual Gender Matters conference, Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions at Governors State University, University Park IL. April 2014.


  • Slattery Fellowship, University of Rochester (2017)