Kathleen Kamerick

Lecturer (Retired)

Kathleen Kamerick's principal interest is gender and the religious culture of northern Europe in the late Middle Ages. Her book, Popular Piety and Art in the Late Middle Ages, examines both the patronage of religious art and the popular response of women and men to that art. Her current research focusses on legal prosecutions for magic in late medieval England, especially several cases targeting women who had sexual affiliations with powerful men and were accused of practicing magic in order to gain political power. This project will investigate the nexus of popular belief, legal issues, sexual mores, and notions of women's public roles that led to these prosecutions.

Kathleen Kamerick received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1991.


She teaches a variety of courses in medieval history, women's history, and the history of the book. Courses recently taught include:

  • HIST:2451  Colloquium for History Majors: Magic and Witchcraft in Europe 1000-1600
  • HIST:3410  Medieval Civilization
  • HIST:4920  The Transition from Manuscript to Print
  • HIST:4426  Women Power & Society in Medieval Europe
  • HIST:4910  The Book in the Middle Ages
  • HIST:4427  Society and Gender in Europe, 1200-1789
  • HIST:2401  Western Civilization I
  • HIST:2402  Western Civilization II

Awards and service

  • President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence (2009)
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, University of Iowa Graduate College (1992)
  • Schallek Memorial Graduate Study Fellowship, Richard III Society (1989)




  • Tanglost of Wales: Magic and Adultery in the Court of Chancery circa 1500
  • "Shaping Superstition in Late Medieval England"
  • "Art and Moral Vision in Angela of Foligno and Margery Kempe"
  • "Patronage and Devotion in the Prayer Book of Anne of Brittany
Research areas
  • Medieval & Early Modern European History
  • History of the Book
  • Women's History