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Carol Neel


Curriculum Vitae

Carol Neel teaches the European Middle Ages at Colorado College.  She also offers courses in ancient Roman civilization, the history of family life, historiography and theory of history, and history of the book.  

Professor Neel’s published historical criticism, editions, and translations include five books and numerous articles.  Her central scholarly interest is in the spirituality of religious orders of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, especially the Premonstratensians.  Among her recent volumes is a translation and commentary on the work of a twelfth-century apocalyptic and ecumenical theologian, Anselm of Havelberg, entitled Anticimenon: On the Unity of the Faith and the Controversies with the Greeks (Collegeville MN, 2010), in which her co-author is CC alumnus Ambrose (Gregory) Criste, O.Praem. 

Neel serves on the editorial board of Premonstratensian Texts and Studies.  Her favorite place to do research is the Hill Monastic Museum and Library in central Minnesota, where she has twice spent sabbatical years as a Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute, the ecumenical research center of St. John’s Abbey.

Regular Classes

HY 104 Culture, Society, and History—Cultures of the Book
HY 105 Civilization  in the West
HY 249/FG247 Women, Children, and Men: Families in Historical Perspective
HY 274 The Middle Ages—The Making of Europe
HY 275 Renaissance and Reformation
HY 312 Faith, Reason, and Medieval Society
HY 399 Studying History
HY 410/420  Senior Seminar/Senior Essay


    • B.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1976
    • M.A., Cornell University, 1978
    • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1981