Camarin Porter

Title: Associate Lecturer
Office: CCC 236
Phone: (715) 346-3979
Fax: (715) 346-4489


ABD, University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.A., History -
University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.A., Government, French, History - University of Texas at Austin
Visiting Research Fellow, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 2007-2008

Specialty and Interests

Medieval religious history and philosophy, with special interests in late medieval theology and ethics, specifically thirteenth and fourteenth-century debates over the nature of theology, theological authority, and doctrinal knowledge; the Franciscan order; and the social contexts of poverty and mendicancy in the late medieval period.  Other research interests include the history of individualism, the self, and the ethics of self-interest.  My fields of teaching expertise include ancient through modern European history and thought, as well as world history, with an emphasis on religious communities and their interactions and cultural transformations.


De subjecto theologiae: Gerardus Odonis and The Nature of Theological Knowledge and Theological Authority in the Early Fourteenth-Century


HIST 101 - World History to 1500
HIST 101 - World History to 1500  (Online section)
HIST 102 - World History since 1500
HIST 176 - U.S. to 1877
HIST 256 - Europe to 1500
HIST 257 - Europe since 1500
HIST 315 - Medieval Church
HIST 358 - England to Eighteenth Century
HIST 369 - Tolerance and Intolerance in European Society to 1648
First year Seminar - Percy Jackson: The Boy-Hero, the Greek Myths, and the Publishing World Legend

Select Publications


"Gerardus Odonis' Commentary on Aristotle's Ethics: A Discussion of the Manuscripts and General Survey," Vivarum 47:2 (2009): 241-294; revised and reprinted in Gerald Odonis, Doctor Moralis, and Franciscan Minister General: Studies in Honour of L.M. de Rijk, ed. L.M. de Rijk and Christopher Schabel. Leiden: Brill, 2009.

Book Review

Stephen John Grabill, ed., Sourcebook in Late-Scholastic Monetary Theory: The Contributions of Martin De Azpicueta, Luis De Molina, S.J., and Juan De Mariana, S.J. Studies in ethics and economics (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007), for H-German, He-Net reivews, 2010.

Encylopedia Articles

"Pilgrimage of Friars" for the Encycopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, ed. Larissa Taylor (Brill, 2009), 545-547.

"Time Measurement and Chronology in Medieval Studies," in Handbook of Medieval Studies: Concepts, Methods, Historical Developments, and Current Trends in Medieval Studies, ed. Albrecht Classen (Walter de Gruyter, 2010).

Works in Progress

Journal Article

"Constructs of the Medieval Self, Reappraised: The Memory, Self-Recollection, and Imagined Reconstruction of Sinfulness and Virtue"

Recent Presentations

  • "Identifying the Ethical Self: Self-Recollection and Reflection in Late Medieval Ethics and Sentences Commentaries," paper presented at the American Academy of Religion Upper Midwest Regional Meeting, Saint Paul, MN, April 1-2, 2011. (Session: "Ethics")
  • "Constructs of the Medieval Self, Reappraised: The Self-Recollection of Virtues and Vice," paper presented at the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, Sewanee, TN, April 8-9, 2011. (Conference theme: "Voice, Gesture, Memory, and Performance in Medieval Texts, Culture, and Art").
  • "Personhood and the Ethic of Self-Love in Fourteenth-Century Ethics Commentaries," paper presented at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2010 (Session: "Personhood: the Medieval Philosophical Perspective").
  • "Identifying Theological Authority in Book I of Gerardus Odonis' Sentences Commentary," paper presented at the S.I.E.P.M conference, Palermo, Italy, September 20, 2007.
  • Panelist, "Reaching Freshmen in Large-Enrollment Courses," "Engaging First-Year Students: Strategies for Academic Success," Madison, WI, October 6, 2006
  • "Papal Authority or Polemic: Gerardus Odonis, John XXII and the Tension Between Legal and Theological Authority," paper presented at the Midwest Law and Society Retreat, Madison, Wisconsin, Sept. 16, 2006.
  • "The Good Life, Poverty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Poverty in Gerardus Odonis, O.F.M.'s Commentary on Aristotle's Ethics," paper presented at the Medieval Intellectual History Colloquium, March 25, 2006, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL.

Honors and Awards

  • UW System OPID Conference Development Grant: "Presenting Snapshots, Avoiding Stereotypes: Teaching Religious Traditions and Faith Communities in World History," March 2012
  • UW-Stevens Point Curricular Redesign for the Online Environment Grant, Summer 2011
  • Mosse Fellow, UW-Madison, Spring 2009
  • Heckman Stipend, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, 2008
  • Mosse Visiting Research Fellow, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2007-2008
  • Conference Travel Grant, History Department, UW-Madison, Fall 2007
  • Grant, Workshop in Medieval Manuscripts, Georgetown University, 2007
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, History Department, UW-Madison, Spring 2006
  • Research Travel Grant, History Department, UW-Madison, Spring 2006
  • UW-Madison GSC Graduate Student Mentor Award, Spring 2006
  • History Department Fellowship, UW-Madison, Fall 2004
  • Teaching Fellow, UW-Madison College of Letters and Science, 2004

Professional Affiliations

  • Société Internationale pour l'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM)
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • Medieval Academy of America (MAA)
  • American Historical Association (AHA)
  • Medieval Association of the Midwest
  • American Catholic History Association

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