Contact & Location


Department of History

Physical Address:
Administration Bldg. 315
PHONE: (208) 885-6253
FAX: (208) 885-5221
E-MAIL: history@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of History
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Ellen Kittell

Ellen Kittell, Ph.D.

Office: Admin 311D
Phone: 208-885-6218
Email: kittell@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: History Department
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443175
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3175

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of History
Associate Professor

With UI Since 1993

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Pre-Modern Europe (medieval, Renaissance, Reformation)
    • European Women
    • English Constitutional History
    • Africa before Colonialism
  • Biography
    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 
  • Selected Publications
    • “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.
    • Outreach Projects
      • Exchange Teaching Viterbo, Italy, Spring 2009.
      • Regional editor for the online journal History Compass.
    • Awards and Honors
      • Five University of Idaho Alumni Association Awards for Faculty Excellence, 2001-2012.

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