Ellen Kittell, Ph.D.
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
With UI Since 1993
Department of History
Ph.D., History, 1983, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
M.A., History, 1977, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
B.A., History and English, 1973, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
Pre-Modern Europe (medieval, Renaissance, Reformation)
English Constitutional History
Africa before Colonialism
Ellen E. Kittell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Idaho. She studied at the University of Illinois where she met and debated history with a particularly talented group of graduate students and in 1983 she received her PhD. Initially interested in the dynamics undergirding the evolution of bureaucracy, particularly in medieval Flanders, she was startled to find a number of women listed in administrative positions of the count of Flanders. Curious, she has been investigating women in medieval Flanders ever since.
Among her publications on this subject are "Guardianship over Women in Medieval Flanders" and "'Whether man or woman: Gender Inclusivity in the Town Ordinances of Medieval Douai." She is currently mining financial and judicial accounts for information on how medieval Flemish women identified themselves
- “Whether Man or Woman": Gender Inclusivity in the Town Ordinances of Medieval Douai” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 30 n. 1 (Winter 2000), 63-100.
- "Guardianship Over Women in Medieval Flanders: A Reappraisal" Journal of Social History Vol. 13 n. 4 (Summer, 1998), 897-930. Patriarchal imperialism and the narrative of women’s history in Narrative Power, L. Timmel Duchamp, ed. Seattle: Aqueduct Press, forthcoming.
- “Review of Jacques Le Goff, Saint Louis, The Historian. forthcoming.
Exchange Teaching Viterbo, Italy, Spring 2009.
Regional editor for the online journal History Compass.
- Five University of Idaho Alumni Association Awards for Faculty Excellence, 2001-2012.