Patrick J. Geary
|Born||September 26, 1948|
Patrick J. Geary (born September 26, 1948) is an American medieval historian. He is Professor Emeritus of Western Medieval History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and also holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Medieval History Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Raised in Louisiana, Geary was educated at Spring Hill College, in Mobile, Alabama, and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In 1974, he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in medieval studies from Yale University, where he studied with Roberto Sabatino Lopez and Jaroslav Pelikan.
Geary's primary area of research has been in the early Middle Ages, from circa AD 500 to circa 1100 His scholarship has made significant contributions to a number of areas of medieval social and cultural history, including the cult of relics, literacy and social memory, conflict and dispute resolution, and the formation of ethnic identity in early Europe. He has also published and spoken frequently on the development of medieval history as an academic discipline in Europe and the United States.
Over the course of his career, he has taught at Princeton University, the University of Florida, UCLA and the University of Notre Dame. He has also held visiting professorships at several European universities. In 2009, he served as the president of the Medieval Academy of America, and was previously director of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Medieval Institute at University of Notre Dame.
At UCLA from 2005 to 2012, Geary directed a multi-year, international collaborative project sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to produce a computerized image and object database of the Plan of Saint Gall, a medieval architectural drawing of a monastic compound dating from the early ninth century.
At the Institute for Advanced Study, Geary worked with an interdisciplinary team of North American and European researchers to apply advanced DNA analysis to early medieval burial remains from Italy and central Europe to help understand population movement and social structures during the so-called "barbarian migrations".