Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
Core: Western Civilization
Nathan Ristuccia earned his Ph.D. in medieval studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. In his research, Nathan focuses on the intellectual and social history of the Latin West during the transition from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages. His current book project studies the development of the festival of Rogationtide and its impact on early medieval society. This book rectifies a weakness in the dominant Christianization paradigm, by emphasizing how Christian and pagan are social constructs, created through specific rituals. Other ongoing projects consider topics such as medieval homiletics, political theology, food history, and medieval theories of comparative religion.