John D. Cotts


curriculum vitae


Ph.D. (History) University of California, Berkeley, 2000
M.A. (History) University of California, Berkeley, 1995

B.A. (Classics and History) Oberlin College, 1993

Academic Biography

John Cotts is Associate Professor of History and Paul Garrett Fellow, and currently serves as the Director of the Encounters Program for First-Year Students. He arrived at Whitman in 2004 and works on the cultural and intellectual history of twelfth-century Europe, with a special emphasis on England, France, and the Crusades. He has published two books: The Clerical Dilemma: Peter of Blois and Literate Culture in the Twelfth Century (Catholic University of America Press, 2009); and Europe's Long Twelfth Century: Order, Anxiety, and Adaptation 1095-1229 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013. From 2006-2011 he served as Vice President for North America of the Charles Homer Haskins Society for Viking, Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, and Angevin Studies. At Whitman, he teaches courses on medieval and early modern Europe, including subjects such as gender, cultural encounters, and traditional intellectual history.

In 2012, Professor Cotts received the Robert Y. Fluno Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Social Sciences at Whitman College.