Marie-Thérèse Champagne


Dr. Marie-Thérèse Champagne, associate professor, teaches European history in the areas of the Renaissance, the Reformation, ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, the Vikings, and women in the Middle Ages.

Champagne was looking for a new direction in her professional life when she took a trip to Europe in the ‘90s. While she was in Rome, she was fascinated by history and art, and found her passion in life.

Over the years, her work has explored the history of interactions between Jews and Christians in the Middle Ages, including the evidence contained in 12th century handwritten texts. Her article, “Both Text and Sub-Text: The Circulation and Preservation of Two Manuscripts of Nicolaus Maniacutius in Twelfth-Century Europe,” was published in Textual Cultures: Text, Context, and Interpretation. She also co-wrote, “Walking in the Shadows of the Past: The Jewish Experience of Rome in The Twelfth Century,” which was published in Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Cultures in Confluence and Dialogue.

Champagne’s current research project, “A Christian Hebraist in Twelfth-Century Rome: The Life and Work of Nicolaus Maniacutius,” is the result of 10 years of ongoing research. The eventual product, a monograph, will provide an in-depth study of the life and work of Maniacutius, a Christian monk scholar and Hebraist from medieval Rome, who was tasked with correcting mistakes in the Old Testament and consulted Jewish scholars in that endeavor.

During the past five years, she has been involved in an interdisciplinary effort between the UWF history and English departments, the anthropology and archaeology divisions, and the Pensacola Jewish Federation, to bring national and international speakers to the University. In addition to this work, she and her students have produced an interactive and authentic medieval event on campus, The Labyrinth, several times.

Degrees & Institutions:

Champagne received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University, a master’s degree in art history from Louisiana State University, and a doctorate in European history to 1650 from Louisiana State University.



12th century, Papal-Jewish Relations in Rome, Christian Hebraists and Exegetes in 12th century. Rome, Jewish Perspectives of Rome in the 12th century.

Classes Taught:

Western Perspectives I, Rome and the Mediterranean World, The Fall of Rome and Birth of Europe, The High Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, Medieval Women (additional section for Honors Program), Issues in Gender and Diversity, The Vikings in History and Legend 

Graduate Courses:

Graduate Reading Seminars In: The Middle Ages, Jerusalem in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Special Interests:

European History before 1650, particularly Medieval Europe in the High Middle Ages


    Marie Thérèse Champagne. "Both Text and Sub-Text: the Circulation and Preservation of Two Manuscripts of Nicolaus Maniacutius in Twelfth-Century Europe." Textual Cultures: Text, Context, and Interpretation, 2011.

    Marie Thérèse Champagne. "Walking through the Shadows of the Past: the Jewish Experience of Rome in the Twelfth Century." Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Cultures in Confluence and Dialogue, 2011.

    Marie Thérèse Champagne. "Celestine III and the Jews." In Pope Celestine III (1191-1198): Diplomat and Pastor.Edited by John Doran and Damian Smith. In Church, Faith, and Culture in the Medieval West. Aldershot: Ashgate, December 2008.

    Marie Thérèse Champagne. "Treasures of the Temple: The Jewish Heritage of Papal Rome in the Twelfth Century." Aspects of Power and Authority in the Middle Ages. Edited by Brenda M. Bolton and Christine E. Meek. In International Medieval Research Series. Turnhout: Brepols, December 2007.

    Awards and Honors:

    NEH Summer Seminar, The American Academy in Rome, Summer 2014

    Faculty Internationalization Grant, Summer 2014

    Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, Summer 2010, 2012, 2014

    NEH Summer Institute, Oxford University, Summer 2008

    Student Services Vice President's University Award for Outstanding Service among Faculty, 2005-2006

    Dissertation Year Fellowship, LSU Graduate School, 2004-2005

    John Leyerle-CARA Prize for Dissertation Research at the Library of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, awarded by the Medieval Academy of America, 2004

Keywords: European history, Renaissance, the Reformation, ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, the Vikings, and women in the Middle Ages, Nicolaus Maniacutius, Christian Hebraist