Dr. Michael Martin

Dr. Michael Martin
Chair and Professor of History and
Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies


  • History of early medieval preaching and sermons
  • History of the church and the Middle Ages
  • Medieval history
  • Early medieval Ireland
  • Early medieval Irish biblical commentary texts
  • Gender and queer studies


  • Ph.D., History, Western Michigan University, 2005
  • M.A., Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 1996
  • B.A., English, University of Iowa, 1989


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About Dr. Michael Martin

Michael Martin is the chair and a professor of History and Gender and Women's Studies at Fort Lewis College. He joined the College in 2004. Dr. Martin's research focuses on medieval Europe, specifically the sermon literature of the Carolingian period. He is transcribing the Latin text for a ninth-century commentary on the Psalms from Ireland, sourcing it, and writing the introduction for the book. Dr. Martin has translated two ninth-century texts for a Benedictine monastic source reader. He is also developing a monograph that analyzes the dissemination of knowledge through the pastoral theology of the Carolingian era. He also teaches ancient History, gender and women's studies, and honors courses at Fort Lewis and was the John F. Reed Honors Program coordinator from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Martin has actively supported the John F. Reed Library, serving on numerous committees and securing in 2005 grant funding to update its world history collection. Before Fort Lewis, Dr. Martin was an instructor at Western Michigan University. He has taught as a distance-learning instructor at the State University of New York/Empire State College and Southwest Community College as an adjunct.

Dr. Martin is a member of numerous professional associations, including the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, the Medieval Academy of America, and the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies, among others. He is a current member and former chair of the Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault Services Organization of Durango.

Once again, it has been a busy time for Dr. Martin. After a four-year COVID-mandated hiatus, he was able to return to France last summer. As his sabbatical in Spring 2021 was also interrupted by COVID, this recent trip included working in the archives at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and St John's College in Cambridge, England. This work will contribute to two book projects he is currently working on: first, a critical edition of a Latin commentary on the Psalms written in Ireland c. 820 (which will be published through Brepols Publishers), and second, a monograph on how peasants learned theology in early medieval Europe c. 750—950 C.E. (under contract with Amsterdam University Press).

In March 2022, a book he collaborated on with Martin McNamara was published through Brill Publishing: The Bible in the Early Irish Church (A.D. 550 to 850). He will also present a paper at the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, in May 2023. The paper will be "Work-Life Balance in the St. Benedict and: A Shifting or a Shifty Balance?" Since 2021 he has also been a member of an Advisory Panel for the Colorado Historical Foundation (Preservation Services Program) to develop an LGBTQ History Sites Survey Plan.

Selected publications and presentations

Book 14, fables 1-102 (entire book). Vignay, Jean de. Miroir historial. Mattia Cavagna and Laurent Brun, eds. In Volume 4, Modern edition and commentary of late-medieval French fables, forthcoming 2016

Book 11, fables 1-126 (entire book). Vignay, Jean de. Miroir historial. Mattia Cavagna and Laurent Brun, eds. In Volume 3, Modern edition and commentary of late-medieval French fables, forthcoming 2016

Book 7, fables 85-130; and Book 8, fables 1-136 (entire book). Vignay, Jean de. Miroir historial. Mattia Cavagna and Laurent Brun, eds. In Volume 2. Modern edition and commentary of late-medieval French fables, forthcoming 2015

Invited paper. "Everyday Exegesis, Explanations and Extant Exemplars of the Early Middle Ages." 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 8-11, 2014. Session 254: "The Word and the World: Exegetical Readings of Everyday Life in the Early Middle Ages."

Review of Disciplining Christians: Correction and Community in Augustine's Letters, by Jennifer Ebbeler. In History: Reviews of New Books 41/4, 2013

"The Italian Homiliary: An example pro omnibus bonis operibus produced according to the Carolingian sermonary genre and reform measures." Sacris Erudiri 49 (2010): 261-338.


In the news

Professor of History and Gender & Sexuality Studies Michael Martin is the 2018-19 Alice Admire Teaching Award winner.

This past summer, two dozen students took Professor of History Michael Martin's fascinating and highly interactive "Global History of Disease" class that examined the role of disease in History around the world. And not once were the students or the instructor in the same room simultaneously. [11/7/18]