Janet Pope, Ph.D.

Interim Associate Dean of the College, Professor of History

Janet Pope


Janet Pope is a professor of history; she specializes in medieval European history, British history, and gender history. She did her graduate work in Santa Barbara, CA and completed dissertation research in London archives. Her favorite courses include: Kings and Vikings; Bishops, Witches, and Heretics; and Concubines, Mothers, and Saints.


  • Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara
  • M.A., University of California at Santa Barbara
  • B.A., Rider College

Research Interests

Janet’s research examines gender and family roles in tenth-century England. The primary sources that she works with include wills, many of which were written by women, saints’ lives, and monastic chronicles.

Selected Publications

  • Review of Jessica Barr, Intimate Reading: Textual Encounters in Medieval Women’s Visions and Vitae, in Choice 58/11 (July 2021).

  • Review of Tracy Adams and Christine Adams, The Creation of the French Royal Mistress: From Agnès Sorel to Madame Du Barry, in Choice, 58/02 (October 2020).
  • Review of Westminster Abbey: A Church in History, ed. David Cannadine, in Choice 57/10 (June 2020).
  • Henry I and the Anglo-Norman World: Studies in Memory of C. Warren Hollister, co-editor. Anglo-Norman Studies, Special Volume 17, (2006).
  • “Monks and Nobles in the Anglo-Saxon Monastic Reform,” Anglo-Norman Studies XVII: Proceedings of the Battle Conference, 1995.
  • “Saint Dunstan,” “Edgar of England,” “Edward the Confessor,” “Emma,” “Ethelfled,” and “Fredegund,” The Rise of the Medieval World, 500-1300, editor Jana K. Schulman, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002.
  • Kings, Saints, and Parliaments: A Sourcebook for Western Civilization, 1050-1715, second edition, co-editor, Kendall/ Hunt, 1994.

Fun Facts

  • She is an old movie buff and enjoys reading historical fiction.

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