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Dr. Vann Sprecher’s current research focuses on vigilante justice in France at the turn of the sixteenth century. She received her Ph.D. From the University of Minnesota in October of 2013. Her dissertation, “Priest as Criminal: Community Regulation of Priests in the Archdeaconry of Paris, 1483-1505,” explores legal and extralegal enforcement of ecclesiastical laws circumscribing sacerdotal behaviors. In an article she co-authored with Ruth Mazo Karras entitled, “The Midwife and the Church: Ecclesiastical Regulation of Midwives in Brie, 1499-1504,” Dr. Vann Sprecher explored how ecclesiastical courts regulated the nascent profession of midwifery in ways that sometimes supported and sometimes ran counter to midwives’ professional interests. At Kingsborough, Dr. Vann Sprecher teaches a vast span of human history beginning with the first appearance of humans through World War II.

  Kingsborough Community College

        HIST 3100 Modern Europe: From Napoleon to Hitler             

        HIST 5100 The Ancient World                                                   

        HIST 5200 Roots of the Modern World   (Writing Intensive and Standard)                  

 University of Minnesota

        HIST 3151w  British History to the Seventeenth Century (Writing Intensive)

        HIST 3101    Introduction to Medieval History         


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Minneapolis, Minnesota                     2008-2013
Ph.D. in History 
Dissertation: Priest as Criminal: Community Regulation of Priests in         October 2013
the Archdeaconry of Paris, 1483-1505

Concentration: Medieval Europe       

Supporting Area: Comparative History of Women, Gender & Sexuality
Advisor: Ruth Mazo Karras

Harvard Divinity School; Cambridge, Massachusetts                                2006-2008      
Master of Theological Studies                                                                  June 2008              

Concentration: Medieval Theology
Advisor: Kevin J. Madigan

University of Oregon; Eugene, Oregon                                                  2004-2005
Bachelor of Arts                                                                                      Sept. 2005
Major: Medieval Studies (Dean’s List)

University of Puget Sound; Tacoma, Washington                                   1996-2000
Bachelor of Arts                                                                                      May 2000

Majors: English and French (Dean’s List)

College Teaching
Kingsborough Community College (2013-Present)

University of Minnesota (2008-2013)

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources


     “The Midwife and the Church: Ecclesiastical Regulation of Midwives in Brie,

1499-1504,” co-authored with Ruth Mazo Karras, Bulletin of the History of

Medicine, 85, no.2 (2011): 171-192.


     “The Marketplace of the Ministry: The Impact of Sacerdotal Piecework on the Care of Souls in Paris, 1483-1505,” Speculum, forthcoming January 2016.


Conference Papers 

     “Black Market Priests: Church Law and Parish Religion in the                     January 2015

Archdeaconry of Paris, 1483 - 1505,” American Historical Association,

New York City


     “The Case of the Wayward Woman: A Punitive Expedition,”                      April 2013

Medieval Academy of America, University of Tennessee-Knoxville                             


     “The Case of the Churlish Churchwardens: Rule Breaking and                    July 2012

Contested Identities in the Late Medieval Parisian Church,”

International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, England


     “The Cleric as Legal Subject in Late Medieval Paris: The Case of                July 2011

the Three Co-Vicars,” Mellon Symposium on Medieval Subjectivity,

Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois


     “Benefiting from Control: Ecclesiastical Regulation of Midwives                June 2011

in Brie, 1499-1504,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women,

University of Massachusetts, Amherst Massachusetts


     “You Will Be Called Priests of the Lord: a Model Sermon by                     July 2009

Jacques de Vitry,” poster presentation at 16th Symposium of the

International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, St. Maurice, Switzerland


     “You Will Be Called Priests of the Lord: a Model Sermon by                     May 2009

Jacques de Vitry,” 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies,

Kalamazoo, Michigan


Public Outreach:

     “Medieval Pilgrimage,” Lecture delivered at Rikers Island               June 4, 2015

Correctional Facility in association with College Pathways


     “Medieval Crime and Punishment,” Lecture delivered at                  Dec. 2012

Brooklyn Brainery           


     “James of Vitry,” A History of Medieval Christian Preaching          last modified

as Seen in the Manuscripts of Houghton Library,                                    July 17, 2012

Events and/or Key Dates



Research Interests

Medieval crime and punishment

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants


   University of Minnesota

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School, Academic Year 2012-2013        

Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship, Center for German and European Studies, Summer 2012
Union Pacific Research Grant, Center for Early Modern History, Summer 2012

Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship, Bilinski Educational Foundation, Academic Year 2011-2012

      Library Acquisition Scholarship, Audrey Christensen Library Acquisition Fund, Fall 2011

Henrietta Holm Warwick Fellowship, Graduate School, Summer 2011 

Dissertation Seminars in the Humanities: “The Comparative History of the Early Modern World” Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Summer 2010

      Graduate Research Partnership Program, Department of History, Summer 2009

Center for Early Modern History Fellowship, Center for Early Modern History, Spring 2009

Harvard Divinity School

Harvard Divinity School Grant, Academic Years 2006-2008


University of Puget Sound

Bill Campbell Memorial Scholarship, Summer 1998

Presidential Scholarship, Academic Years 1996-2000

Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

Medieval Club of New York, 2011-Present

American Historical Association, 2010-Present

Medieval Academy of America, 2010-Present

International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, 2009-Present

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