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Kristin Uscinski

Lecturer in History

Kristin Uscinski is a medieval historian who specializes in medieval Europe, medicine, gender, and religious studies. 

More About Me

 Her special focuses are women’s medicine in medieval England, recipe collections, sanctity and the cult of saints, as well as Jewish and Christian religious traditions and interactions. She is the author of a database of approximately 2,000 recipes for women’s healthcare in medieval England (Medieval English Recipes for Women’s Healthcare) and is a podcaster for Footnoting History, a bi-weekly podcast of popularly unknown and exciting historical stories with over 20,000 subscribers and 2.3 million downloads.

Research Interests

  • Culinary History
  • Medieval England
  • Medieval medicine and recipe collections
  • Women’s Studies and Gender Issues
  • Sanctity and the Cult of the Saints
  • Canonization during the Avignon Papacy
  • Jewish History
  • Witchcraft and Magic in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Representative Courses

  • Princes, Priests, and Peasants
  • Religion, Heresy, and Witchcraft: Religious Interactions in the Medieval and Early Modern West 
  • Encounter and Conflict: History of Jewish-Christian Relations

Publications

Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa, ed. Medicine, Religion and Gender in Medieval Culture. Rochester: Boydell and Brewer, 2015 in H-Net Reviews. August 2017, http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=49975.

M. Thomson, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts in the Library of Peterhouse, Cambridge. Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2016 in The Medieval Review. December 2017, https://josotl.indiana.edu/index.php/tmr/article/view/24339/29966

“King John and His Dogs,” Footnoting History, 20 April 2019.

“An Extraordinary Medicine Called Theriac,” Footnoting History, 27 July 2019.

“The Life and Travels of Newport Gardner,” Footnoting History, 21 September 2019.

“History for Halloween VI,” Footnoting History, 26 October 2019.

Presentations / Conferences

“Recipes for Women’s Healthcare in Medieval England: Common Complaints and Recipes,” paper presented at the North American Conference on British Studies, Washington, D.C., November 11-13, 2016.

“Inclusions and Exclusions: Directions in Recipes for Women’s Healthcare in England,” paper to be presented at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, U.K., July 2-5, 2018.