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Tanner, Heather



Associate Professor, History


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Ph.D. in History, U.C. Santa Barbara


medieval western Europe

Professor Heather J. Tanner received a B.A. in History and Business Economics (1984), and a M.A. (1988) and Ph.D.(1993), specializing in medieval history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Shes taught at Bates College, the University of Oregon, and Lake Forest College, before joining OSU as an assistant professor fall 2000. Prof. Tanner is a specialist in early and high medieval northern France, Belgium, and England, particularly in the transformation of politics, governance, and public roles of women in the ninth through twelfth centuries. Her research interests also include the twelfth-century monastic reform movement, the First Crusade, and heresy. Her publications include: Henry Is Administrative Legacy  The Significance of Place-Date Distribution in the Acta of King Stephen, Haskins Society Journal (2007), "Eustace III, Count of Boulogne," Encyclopedia of the Crusades (2006), "QueenshipOffice, Custom or Ad hoc? The Case of Queen Matilda III of England (1136-52)," in Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lady and Lord, eds. John Carmi Parsons and Bonnie Wheeler, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), "Reassessing King Stephens Continental Strategies" Medievalia et Humanistica (1999),and "Trial by ChronicleAssessing the Failures of Three Rulers of England and Normandy 1070-1300," Majestas (1996). Her book on early medieval politics and governance, entitled Families, Friends and Allies. Boulogne and Politics in northern France and England, c.879-1160 was published in 2004. She is currently working on a book concerning female inheritance and governance in thirteenth-century Picardy and Flanders. She has won several prestigious fellowships including one from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1996-1997)and another from the National Science Foundation (2008). Professor Tanner has most recently presented her work at the Haskins Society (2008 and 2010) the Western Society for French History (2009), the International Medieval Congress (Leeds, 2007), and the International Congress of Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, 2007).

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