Name: Dr. Janine Larmon Peterson
Title: Associate Professor of History
Office Location: Fontaine 228
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2556
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Degrees Held:

Dr. Peterson received her B.A. and M.A. in Medieval Studies from Fordham University. She received a Ph.D. certificate in Medieval Studies and Ph.D. in History (dual program in Medieval History and Cultural History) from Indiana University, Bloomington.  She has also worked in the business world - for the Outsource Department at IBM, as an office manager and benefits administrator for the National Scholastic Chess Foundation, and as Assistant Director for an academic department in university administration.  She loves to tell her students she obtained those positions with a Liberal Arts degree of the most seemingly unpractical field: an undergraduate major in Medieval Studies and a minor in Classical Languages.


Besides teaching "Themes in Modern History," "Medieval Europe," and "Early Modern Europe" at Marist, she offers courses on specialized topics such as "History of Witchcraft and Sorcery," "Medieval Misfits," "Medieval Cultures in Contact," and "Medieval Gender and Sexuality" for the history department and the honors program and also teaches First Year Seminars (e.g., "Europe and the 'Barbarians'" and "Love and Sex in Pre-Modern Europe).

She was a submissions editor for the journal Hortulus, as well as a reviewer/fact checker for The Rosen Publishing Group. Dr. Peterson served on an Awards Committee of the Society for Italian Historical Scholarship and has been elected to three terms on the executive committee of The Hagiography Society as the Communications Chair.  She is also an Affiliated Scholar at the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University.

Dr. Peterson, along with Dr. Kristin Bayer, is a faculty advisor for the Marist branch of the History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta.  She is the Coordinator for the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor at Marist. and a former faculty mentor for the Women's Soccer Team.


Awards & Honors:

Dr. Peterson's awards and honors include a semester as Fordham University's Center for Medieval Studies'  Visiting Medieval Fellow and current status an Affiliated Scholar at the Center; a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend; a Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant from the American Historical Association; the John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award from the American Catholic Historical Association; and a Biblioteca Ambrosiana Microfilms Travel Grant from Notre Dame University, besides internal institutional research grants and awards.  She was also awarded a VPAA and Dean of Faculty Special Recognition Award for Service from Marist College in 2011.


In addition to eleven published book reviews, she has authored:

(With Lea Graham).  “Teaching Historical Analysis through Creative Writing Assignments.”  College Teaching 63 (2015): 153-61.

(With James G. Snyder). “The Galenic Roots of Marsilio Ficino’s Theory of Natural Changes.” Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 46 (2015): 301-16.

“Medieval Age: Church and State” and “Renaissance: Church Corruption” in World History I: Beginnings  through 1500. Ed. Joseph T.  Stuart. Dallas: Schlager Group Publishers, 2013.

Episcopal Authority and Disputed Sanctity in Late Medieval Italy.” Saintly Bishops and Bishops’ Saints: Proceedings of the 4th Hagiography Conference, edited by John Ott (2012), 201-16.

“Hit and Run Heresy: Thoughts on Tackling Medieval Heterodoxy in Survey Courses.”  Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 19 (2012): 13-22.

"The Malleus Maleficarum" (introduction and analysis of excerpt) in Milestone Documents of World Religions (2011), 844-59.

"'See What is Beneath Your Clothes': The Spectacle of Public Female Dissections in Early Modern Europe," in Angela Laflen and Marcelline Block, eds., Gender Scripts in Medicine and Narrative (2010), 2-31.

"Assisi," and "Travel" in Larissa Taylor, ed., The Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage (2010).

"Holy Heretics in Later Medieval Italy," Past & Present 204 (2009): 3-31.

"The Politics of Sanctity in Thirteenth-Century Ferrara," Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval Thought, History, and Religion 63 (2008): 307-26.

"Social Roles, Gender Inversion, and the Heretical Sect: The Case of the Guglielmites," Viator 35 (2004): 203-219.
**received the April 2005 "Article of the Month" Award by Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index (

"Defining a Textbook: Gloss versus Gloss in a Medieval Schoolbook," Essays in Medieval Studies 20 (2003): 18-30.

"The Transmission and Reception of Alberic of Montecassino's Breviarium de dictamine," Scriptorium 57 (2003): 27-50.

Research Interests:

Dr. Peterson's research focuses on challenges to the authority of the institutional church, particularly with regard to heresy and saint's cults, in late medieval Italy. She is also interested in issues of gender and the marginalization of social groups, as well as cultural interaction in the late medieval Mediterranean basin.


Medieval Academy of America; American Historical Association; The Hagiography Society (on the executive committee); Society for Italian Historical Studies; Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship; International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History (founding member), American Association of University Professors



Dr. Peterson has given over thirty papers as an invited speaker and at peer-reviewed regional, national, and international conferences, besides serving as a panel discussant, commentator, session chair, and session organizer. She was the coordinator of two separate conferences held at Indiana University during her time there (for the History Department and Medieval Studies) and helped to organize several conferences and lecture series while serving as the Assistant Director of the Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University. She also organized a symposium marking the 800th anniversary of the Albigensian Crusade at Marist College in spring 2009 and the Phi Alpha Theta Upper New York Regonal Conference with Dr. Kristin Bayer in spring 2011 and 2015.  She currently is a co-coordinator of Marist College's School of Liberal Arts Faculty Research Forum lecture series and on the Coordinating Committee of the New York Regional Medieval and Early Modern Undergraduate Symposium.