Bio


Fiona Griffiths is a historian of medieval Western Europe, focusing on intellectual and religious life from the ninth to the thirteenth century. Her work explores the possibilities for social experimentation and cultural production inherent in medieval religious reform movements, addressing questions of gender, spirituality, and authority, particularly as they pertain to the experiences and interactions of religious men (priests or monks) with women (nuns and clerical wives). Griffiths is the author of Nuns' Priests' Tales: Men and Salvation in Medieval Women's Monastic Life,The Middle Ages Series (The University of Pennsylvania Press: 2018) and The Garden of Delights: Reform and Renaissance for Women in the Twelfth Century, The Middle Ages Series (The University of Pennsylvania Press: 2007); she is co-editor (with Kathryn Starkey) of Sensory Reflections: Traces of Experience in Medieval Artifacts (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019) and (with Julie Hotchin) of Partners in Spirit: Men, Women, and Religious Life in Germany, 1100-1500 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014). Her essays have appeared in Speculum, Church History, the Journal of Medieval History, and Viator. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; and the Institute of Historical Research (University of London).

Academic Appointments


  • Professor, History
  • Professor (By courtesy), Religious Studies
  • Professor (By courtesy), German Studies

Program Affiliations


  • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

2020-21 Courses


Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Nathan Lilje, Mae Velloso-Lyons
  • Orals Evaluator
    Joe Amato, Christopher Bacich, Nathan Lilje, Demetrius Loufas
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Lauren Judd, Ana Nunez

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