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Justin Haar

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Biographical Sketch

Prior to joining the History Department at USC in the fall of 2008, I earned a bachelor's degree in History and Medieval Studies at Binghamton University. My major field of study is medieval European history; my dissertation explores the relationship between hagiography (saints' lives and miracles) and the currents of ecclesiastical culture in twelfth-century England. I have written on a number of subjects, including the role of Jews in the Carolingian court, the links between monastic artwork and memory, and authorship as a factor in hagiographical revision. I am currently the Graduate Assistant in the History Lab, working to keep our web presence up to date, our courses digitally-supported, and our faculty and graduate community versed in digital scholarship tools.


  • BA History, Binghamton University - State University of New York, 2006
  • M.A. History, University of Southern California, 2011

Employment History

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Southern California, 2009 - 2012
  • History Lab Assistant, University of Southern California, 2012 - Present


Summary Statement of Research Interests

  • My primary interest is in the cultural history of Christianity in northwestern Europe in the central Middle Ages. I am particularly interested by questions of meaning and belief, faith and practice were experienced. My work centers on the cultural and intellectual histories of both religious and lay communities, drawing on written, material, and architectural evidence.

Research Specialties

  • Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, Medieval England, Medieval Christianity and religious cultures.

Conference Presentations

  • “Reimagining the Sacred Landscape: The Case of Geoffrey of Burton’s St. Modwenna," for Space and Place in the Medieval Imagination, 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 5/2012


  • Book Review
    Haar, J. D. (2012). Review, "David Rollason, Conrad Leyser, and Hannah Williams, eds., England and the Continent in the Tenth century: Studies in Honour of Wilhelm Levison (1876-1947) (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010)". Comitatus.
    Haar, J. D. (2012). Review, "Douglas Gray, ed., From the Norman Conquest to the Black Death: An Anthology of Writings from England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)". Comitatus.
    Haar, J. D. (2012). Review, "Haki Antonnsson and Ildar Garipzanof, eds., Saints and Their Lives on the Periphery: Veneration of Saints in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe (c.1000-1200) (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010)". Comitatus.
    Haar, J. D. (2011). Review, "J. Patrick Hornbeck, What is a Lollard? Dissent in Late Medieval England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)". Comitatus.
    Haar, J. D. (2010). Review, "Martin Carver, Wasperton: A Roman, British, and Anglo-Saxon Community in Central England(Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2009)". Comitatus.
    Haar, J. D. (2009). Review, "Dominic Alexander, Saints and Animals in the Middle Ages (Woodbrige: Boydell, 2008)". Comitatus.

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

  • Translation, Hildemar of Corbie's Expositio Regulae Ch. 69: "That in the Monastery No One Should Presume to Defend Another," with Albrecht Diem. The Hildemar Project,, 07/2012-  

Guest Lectures in Courses

  • Hist 300: "Recreational Medievalism: A Journey into Medieval Gaming" For "Medievalism: How Modern Society Looks at the Distant Past," Professor Lisa Bitel., Fall 2012   
  • Hist 102gm: "The Black Death" With Justin Colvin, for "Medieval People: Early Europe and its Neighbors, 400-1500," Professor Jason Glenn., Fall 2011   
  • Hist 102gm: "The Norman Conquest" For "Medieval People: Early Europe and its Neighbors, 400-1500," Professor Jason Glenn., Fall 2011   
  • Hist 106g: "The Mongol Empire and the World Stage" For "Chinese Lives: An Introduction to Chinese History," Professor Joshua Goldstein., Spring 2011   
  • Hist 101g: "The Fall of Rome" For "The Ancient World," Professor Christelle Fischer-Bovet., Fall 2010   
  • Hist 102g: "The Fourth Lateran Council" For "Medieval People: Early Europe and its Neighbors, 400-1500," Professor Jason Glenn., Fall 2009   

Teaching Innovations and Multimedia Teaching

  • "You, Online: Web Presence for Historians," USC History Lab., Fall 2012   

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

  • Medieval Academy of America, 2010-  
  • American Historical Association, 2008-