Jolanta N. Komornicka

Academic CV



Boston University

            Ph.D. in History, 2013

            M.A. in History, 2005


Reed College

            B.A. in History-Literature, 2004



Positions Held



Assistant Professor of History, St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo, ON        


Associate Director, DRAGEN Lab, St. Jerome’s University


Advisory Board Member, The Association for the Advancement of

            Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture


Lecturer in History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


Visiting Instructor of History, Wheaton College, Norton, MA


Senior Writing Fellow, Boston University, Boston MA


Adjunct Professor, Newbury College, Brookline, MA


Professional Writing Tutor, Mount Ida College, Newton, MA





“The Devil made me do it: The langauge of victimization in Lancastrian Normandy.” In A Cultural History of Crime and Punishment, Renaissance Volume, ed. Laura Stokes (London: Bloomsbury). Forthcoming.


Review of Élisabeth Lusset, Crime, châtiment et grâce dans les monastères au moyen âge (XIIe-XVe siècle). Renaissance Quarterly 71, no. 4 (2018): 1530-1532.


“Treacherous Murder: Language and Meaning in French Murder Trials.” In Medieval and Early Modern Murder, ed. Larissa Tracy (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2018). 


Review of Catherine Randall, The Wisdom of Animals: Creatureliness in Early Modern French Spirituality. H-France Review 15 (February 2015), No. 17.


Man as Rabid Beast: Criminals into Animals in Late Medieval France.French History 28, no. 2 (2014): 157-171.


“The Ugly Elf: Orc Bodies, Perversion, and Redemption in The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings.” In The Body in Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on Middle-earth Corporeality, ed. Christopher Vaccaro, 83-96 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013).


“The Devil on Trial: The Changing Role of the Devil in the Trial by Ordeal.” In The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe, edicted by Richard Raiswell and Peter Dendel, 221-256. CRRS Essays and Studies 28 (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012).


Contra Signum Nostrum: The Symbolism of Lèse-majesté under Philip VI Valois.” In Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age: Mental-Historical Investigations of Basic Human Problems and Social Responses, edited by Albrecht Classen and Connie Scarborough, 183-224. Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture 11 (New York: de Gruyter, 2012).


Saisie du Temporel: The Parlement of Paris and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in the 14th Century.” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 38 (2010): 29-46.


“The Jews in the Medieval Polish Economy: Some Thoughts on the Historiography of the Twentieth Century.” History Compass 7, no. 3 (2009): 644-658.


Select Conference Papers


“You All Have the Plague: Gamification Design and Practice,” University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference, Waterloo, ON, 2019


“Ie suis morte et perdüe se vous ne m’aydez: Suborning Perjury in the Trial of Robert d’Artois”

15e symposium annuel de la Société Internationale des Médiévistes, Paris, France, 2018


“She’s a Fraud: Women’s Role in Forgery”

53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan U., Kalamazoo, MI, 2018


“Snubbing the King: Default as Nonviolent Alternative to Resisting the King’s Justice”

Force, Resistance, and Mercy Medieval Studies Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2018


“Who’s/Whose Joan?” 

Joan of Arc/Afterlives Symposium, Univeristy of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2017


“’Beloved and Faithful’: Expressing Loyalty in French Legal Culture”

Midwest Medieval History Conference, Dominican University, River Forest, IL, 2014            


“Practicing and Recognizing Authority: Gender and Litigation in Fourteenth-Century French Courts”

Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages, St. Andrews University, Fife, UK, 2014


“Arguing Sovereignty: The Ability of Court Ritual to Reinterpret Monarchy”

Urban Ritual and Ceremony in Pre-Modern Europe, c. 1300-c.1700, 

Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK, 2014


“Catch and Release: Systems of Parole in the Parlement of Paris of the Fourteenth Century”

Prisons of Stone, World, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity, 

Brown University, Providence, RI, 2014


“Blasphemy and the Creation of the Orcs”

4th Annual Tolkien Conference, Universty of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 2007


“The Loremaster and Historical Agency”

3rd Annual Tolkien Conference, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 2006         



Fellowships, Grants, and Awards



LITE Grant, University of Waterloo


Gagliardo Dissertation Fellowship, Boston University


Alice M. Brennan Humanities Award, Boston University


Dean’s Scholarship, Boston University


Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant, Medieval Academy


Engelbourg Travel Fellowship, Boston University


Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship, Boston University


Ruby Grant, Reed College




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