Office: LA3032Email: jhardgrave
Associate Professor of History
Jason Hardgrave was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming as a fifth generation native. He received his B.A. (1992) and M.A. (1996) degrees at the University of Wyoming, and his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas in 2004. His dissertation, which explores the role of women in the justice system of late medieval Venice, is entitled: “Gendered Justice: Women’s Access to the Legal Systems of Fourteenth Century Venice”.
He came to the University of Southern Indiana in the fall of 2004. While at USI he has earned numerous honors and awards including: a Liberal Arts Research Award, a Faculty Research and Creative Work Award, an Excellence through Engagement Summer Research Fellowship, the first Scavone Award for Medieval Manuscripts and Culture, Liberal Arts Dean’s Golden Apple for Teaching Excellence, been nominated numerous times for the outstanding advisor award, and in the summer of 2006 he was one of 14 selected participants in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “Shaping Civic Space in a Renaissance City: Venice c.1300 to c.1600.” He is on the board of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta and is the faculty mentor for USI’s chapter.
Recent publications include: “The Case for Catapults in the Classroom: Experiential Learning in Medieval History.” Teaching History 35 no.2 (forthcoming); "Parishes and Patriarchy: Gender and Boundaries in Late Medieval Venice." Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 41, 1 (2010): 251-275 (which was awarded Feminae Medieval Women and Gender Index Article of the Month June, 2010; "The Formation of Women's Legal Identity in Trecento Venice," Essays in Medieval Studies 22 (2006), 41-52, as well as numerous book reviews.
He regularly teaches HIST111: World Civilizations to 1500, HIST298: Historical Methods, HIST345: Medieval Europe, HIST346: Renaissance, HIST347: Reformation, HIST365: Crusades, HIST398: Readings in Medieval Women, HIST499/599: Medieval Culture and Technology.
Dr. Hardgrave is also very involved with the Social Science Secondary Teaching program.
If you are interested in joining the Phi Alpha Theta history honors society please be sure to contact him.