Dr. Joel Anderson


Dr. Joel Anderson
Department of History
University of Maine
5774 Stevens Hall, Room 265
Orono ME 04469-5774

I teach European history at Maine with a particular emphasis on medieval Europe, religious history, book history, and the Viking and Norse worlds.  I graduated from Bates College in 2005 and subsequently studied at the University of Oslo, the University of Iceland, and Cornell University, where I completed a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies in 2015.  My research revolves around the communications networks and legal apparatuses of the medieval Church.  I focus particularly on the ways in which clerics on the northern fringes of Europe construed their relationships to distant centers of ecclesiastical power.

I regularly teach HTY 105, the History of Ancient and Medieval Europe, and I have also offered courses on the Vikings, heresy and witchcraft, and the history of media technologies.

Major Grants and Fellowships:

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, Rare Book School, University of Virginia (2014-16)

Andrew W. Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2014-15)

FLAS Fellowship, United States Department of Education (2010)

Icelandic Government Scholarship, University of Iceland (2007-08)

Fulbright Grantee, Norwegian Fulbright Foundation (2006-07)

Recent Publications:

“Reading Medieval Books in a Digital Age,” in: Kimberly Williams, Doing Research to

Improve Teaching and Learning: A Guide for College and University Faculty, (New York: Routledge, 2015).

 “Disseminating and Dispensing Canon Law in Medieval Iceland,” Arkiv för nordisk filologi, vol. 128 (2013), 79-96.

Review of Sara McDougall, Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne,

(Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). In: The Medieval Review 13.10.25.  (With Oren Falk).  http://hdl.handle.net/2022/17008