James D. Mixson

Dr. Jimmy Mixson, in his senatoral pose, complete with elephant print tie and blue blazer.

Dr. James D. Mixson

Associate Professor

jmixson@ua.edu
Ph.D., Notre Dame, 2002

Research Interests

  • Medieval Europe
  • Religious Movements
  • Medieval Cultural History
  • Material Culture and Consumption

Specialties

Courses Taught

  • Western Civilization to 1648 (HY101)
  • Honors Western Civilization to 1648 (HY 105)
  • The Crusades (HY 300)
  • The Reel Middle Ages (HY 300)
  • Peer Mentoring Leadership Seminar (HY 301)
  • Monks, Masters, Mystics and Heretics (HY 400)
  • Medieval Biography and its Discontents (HY 430)
  • The Middle Ages (HY 442)
  • Proseminar in Medieval and Early Modern European History (HY 631)

Recent Publications

Monographs
Journal Articles and Essays
  • “The Poor Monk and the Proprietors: Observant Reform of Community as Conflict,” Saeculum 66 (2016): 93-110.
  • “Introduction,” in Religious Life between Jerusalem, the Desert and the World: Selected Essays of Kaspar Elm, trans. James D. Mixson (Leiden: Brill, 2016): 1-27.
  • “Introduction,” in Observant Reform in the Later Middle Ages and Beyond, eds. James D. Mixson and Bert Roest (Leiden: Brill, 2015): 1-20.
  • “Observant Reform’s Conceptual Frameworks between Principle and Practice,” in Observant Reform in the Later Middle Ages and Beyond, eds. James D. Mixson and Bert Roest (Leiden: Brill, 2015): 60-84.
  • “Religious Life and Religious Orders,” in The Routledge History of Medieval Christianity 1050-1500, ed. R. N. Swanson (London: Routledge, 2015): 45-57.
  • “Giovanni Dominici’s Firefly Reconsidered,” in Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages: A Volume in Honor of John Van Engen, eds. David Mengel and Lisa Wolverton (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014): 387-418.
  • “Religious Life and Observant Reform in the Fifteenth Century,” History Compass 11:3 (March, 2013): 201–214.
  • “Giovanni Dominici’s Firefly Reconsidered,” in Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages: Essays to Honor John Van Engen, eds. David Mengel and Lisa Wolverton (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015).
  • “Contesting Authority and Community: Models and Practices of Monastic Reform in Late Medieval Central Europe,” Austrian History Yearbook 41 (2010): 30-47.
  • “John Nider’s Reformation of Religion,” in Kirchenbild und Spiritualität: Ekklesiologie aus dem Anspruch des mendikantischen Ordensideals, eds. Thomas Prügl and Marianne Schlosser (Schöningh, 2006).
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Awards and Honors

  • National Alumni Association Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award (2016)
  • The University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board, Outstanding Commitment to Students Award (2011)
  • The University of Alabama Research Advisory Committee Grant (2005; 2010)
  • Heckman Research Fellowship, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (2005)
  • D.A.A.D. Research Grant, Munich, Germany (2004)
  • Fulbright Fellowship (1997-8)
  • Bavarian Cultural Ministry Fellowship (1997-8)
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