Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History
A USA Today bestselling novelist of nineteen historical romances as Katharine Ashe, I now teach part-time at the university. My courses explore representations in popular culture of medieval religion and sexuality, as well as the history of popular romance fiction. As a full-time academic until 2007, my research interests included religious belief and practice in medieval Latin Christendom, especially penance, pilgrimage, penitential devotion, saints' cults, and relics. My dissertation, Strangers and Sojourners: Pilgrimage and Pilgrims in Late-Medieval Rome, traced the early history of the Roman Jubilee, a year-long celebration of penitential pilgrimage to the city's ancient shrines. I am particularly interested in medieval notions of charity, charitable institutions, and the understanding of spiritual community that bound the living and the dead.