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Karen Sullivan

Irma Brandeis Professor of Romance Literature and Culture; Director, Medieval Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): French Studies, Human Rights, Literature, Medieval Studies, Theology

Academic Expertise: Literature

Area of Specialization: Medieval Studies


A.B., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Author of The Inner Lives of Medieval Inquisitors (University of Chicago Press, 2011); Truth and the Heretic: Crises of Knowledge in Medieval French Literature (University of Chicago Press, 2005); The Interrogation of Joan of Arc (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), and numerous articles on medieval French and Occitan literature. At Bard since 1993.

Research Interests: Comparative medieval literature, especially Old French and Occitan; Heresy and inquisition; Romance

Teaching Interests: Medieval and Renaissance continental literatures; Scholasticism and humanism; Medieval Latin; Medieval Human Rights; The Crusades

Other Interests: Byzantium; Louisiana


Phone: 845-758-7571
E-mail: sullivan@bard.edu