Melanie C. Maddox
Melanie Maddox is an historian of early medieval Ireland and Britain, who works on the ideal of the Insular civitas, c. 500-1050. She earned two B.A. degrees from the University of California, Riverside and her Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her research primarily focuses on Anglo-Saxon and Irish ecclesiastics' understanding of what a civitas was and how they used the Latin term along with their vernacular languages. She is also interested in the relationships between monasteries and secular authorities, as well as women and their use of secular authority. Maddox serves as the Book Review Editor for the academic journal Eolas, which is part of the American Society for Irish Medieval Studies.
Maddox’s upcoming undergraduate courses will include The Romans, Medieval Ireland, The Vikings, Honors History I and the core classes for Western Civilization. Some of her previously taught courses include Celtic Culture & History, the History of Ireland, Medieval Travelers & their Accounts, Tudor England, and Anglo-Saxon England.
Her papers include, 'Re-Conceptualizing the Irish Monastic Town,' Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries Ireland 146 (forthcoming for 2016), “Queen or Puppet Lady?: Æthelflaed’s role in the Politics, Economics and Identity of Mercia,” Quaestiones Medii Aevi Novae 19 (2014 published in 2015) and "Finding the City of God in the Lives of St Coemgen: Glendalough and the History of the Irish Celestial Civitas," Glendalough: City of God, ed. Charles Doherty, Linda Doran and Mary Kelly (Four Courts Press, 2011).
Office: 432A Capers Hall
Office Hours: By Appointment
South Carolina Historical Association
Treasurer, 2016-August 2019
Board Member, 2019-2022
Southeastern Medieval Association
Executive Council Member
Eolas: The Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies
Book Reviews Editor
Medieval Europe, Pre-modern Ireland
Vita: Dr. Maddox's Vita