Ann Brodeur, PhD

Ann Brodeur, PhDDr. Ann Brodeur grew up on ranches in western North Dakota and Montana. Prior to obtaining her doctorate in History from the University of Toronto, Dr. Brodeur received her B.A. in English Literature and Humanities and Catholic Culture from Franciscan University, studied at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University, and received an M.A. from the Catholic University of America. She has also participated in international meetings on women and the family and on the work of the home.

Dr. Brodeur’s research interests revolve around questions of culture, community and religion in late medieval England. She is particularly interested in understanding the factors that shape the dynamic of integration and disintegration in communities, the ways that religion and culture speak to and influence one another, and how the interplay between religion and culture influences things like communal coherence and integration. Dr. Brodeur has studied these questions in the context of indulgences and solidarity in late medieval England, and is expanding her research into disability and care for the elderly. She is also interested in modern agrarian movements that found their touchstones in medieval rural communities and culture.

Selected Publications


“Eric Gill, New Agrarianism, and a Politico-cultural Third Way,” in preparation

“The Pursuit of Peace and Solidarity: Indulgences in Medieval Parish Life,” in preparation

“The Expectation of Solidarity: English Episcopal Ransom Indulgences in the Hundred Years’ War,” Journal of Ecclesiastical History, forthcoming.

Review of Paul Auchterlonie, Encountering Islam: Joseph Pitts, An English Slave in 17th c. Algiers and Mecca (London: Arabian Publishing, 2012), in Journal of Early Modern History 18 (2014): 287-288.

“Preaching and Indulgences in Late Medieval England,” in Weapons of Mass Instruction: Secular and Religious Institutions Teaching the World. Proceedings for the Eighth Annual St. Michael’s College Symposium, ed. Francesco Guardiani (Legas, 2008): 105-115.

Review of Ken Farnhill, Guilds and Parish Communities in Late Medieval East Anglia, c. 1470-1550 (Woodbridge: UK: York Medieval Press, 2001), in Confraternitas 13:1 (Spring 2002), 22-23.

Maria Sophia Aguirre and Ann Wolfgram (Brodeur), “Redefining the Ties that Bind: United Nations Policy and the Family, Journal of Public Law, Winter Issue 20:2, (2002): 113-178.