Associate Professor, History
Office: Ovalwood 245
Dr. Tanner is a medieval historian (8-13th centuries) of primarily northern Europe. She is working on her second book, which focuses on women who inherited counties in northern France during the mid-12th century to early 13th century. Her research explores the question of whether women were pushed out of roles of direct power or not. One related project that has grown out of this research is the development of the concepts of rebellion and treason during the late 12th century. The overall focus of her current research project, as well as her first book, deals with the use of power and how people understand it. Dr. Tanner's third publication will be an analysis of a reform monastic order of the late 11th and early 12th century. Dr. Tanner enjoys working with students in pursuit of their own research projects in ancient, medieval, and early modern topics. In the past, she has helped three undergraduates with their honors theses and is currently planning a fourth. She has also advised students in independent studies.