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Department of History
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0104
La Jolla , California , 92093-0104
Office: Humanities and Social Science Bldg., Rm. 6084
Phone: (858) 822-0676
Email: ncaciola@ucsd.edu
Room 234652356 

Curriculum Vitae

Nancy Caciola is the department's specialist in medieval history. She was educated at Wesleyan University (BA) and at the University of Michigan (MA; PhD). She is broadly interested in the religious and social construction of identities in the later Middle Ages. For 2004-2005, Professor Caciola is Director of UCSD's Program for the Study of Religion.


  • Discerning Spirits: Divine and Demonic Possession in the Middle Ages (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003).
  • "Mystics, Demoniacs, and the Physiology of Spirit Possession in Medieval Europe." Comparative Studies in Society and History 42, 2 (April 2000): 268-306. Winner, 2000 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Article Prize.
  • "Spirits Seeking Bodies: Death, Possession, and Communal Memory in the Middle Ages." In Peter Marshall and Bruce Gordon, eds., The Place of the Dead: Death and Remembrance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 66-86.
  • "Wraiths, Revenants, and Ritual in Medieval Culture." Past and Present: A Journal of Historical Studies #152 (August, 1996): 3-45. Winner, 1998 Van Courtlandt Elliot Prize, Medieval Academy of America.

Current Research

History, geography, and apocalypticism in the Middle Ages. The boundary between life and death in medieval thought.


  • HIEU 110. The Rise of Europe.
  • HIEU 111. Europe in the Middle Ages.
  • HIEU 113. Rule, Conflict, and Dissent in the Middle Ages.
  • HIEU 114. Preindustrial Light and Magic.
  • HIEU 147A. Women in the Middle Ages.
  • HIEU 163/263. Seminar: Special Topics in Medieval history (topics vary by year).
  • HUM II. Rome, Christianity, and the Middle Ages.