Professor Sean Field received his A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1992 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1997 and 2002. In 2003 he joined the UVM faculty, where he teaches medieval European history and specializes in thirteenth and fourteenth-century topics around heresy and sanctity.  His most recent book is a translation project with Lezlie Knox and Larry Field, Visions of Sainthood in Medieval Rome: The Lives of Margherita Colonna by Giovanni Colonna and Stefania (University of Notre Dame Press, October 2017) He is the author, editor, or co-editor of seven previous books.  Check them out by clicking on the links below:
* Isabelle de France, soeur de Saint Louis. Une princesse mineure with Jacques Dalarun, Jean-Baptiste Lebigue, Anne-Françoise Leurquin-Labie (Les Éditions franciscaines, 2015).
* The Sanctity of Louis IX: Early Lives of Saint Louis by Geoffrey of Beaulieu and William of Chartres, with Larry F. Field and M. Cecilia Gaposchkin (Cornell, 2014).
* Marguerite Porete et le Miroir des simples âmes: Perspectives historiques, philosophiques, et littéraires, with Robert E. Lerner and Sylvain Piron (Vrin, 2013).
* The Rules of Isabelle of France: An English Translation with Introductory Study (Franciscan Institute, 2013).
The Beguine, the Angel, and the Inquisitor: The Trial of Marguerite Porete and Guiard of Cressonessart (Notre Dame, 2012).
* Isabelle of France: Capetian Sanctity and Franciscan Identity in the Thirteenth Century (Notre Dame, 2006).
* The Writings of Agnes of Harcourt: The Life of Isabelle of France and the Letter on Louis IX and Longchamp (Notre Dame, 2003).
His next book, Holy Women and the Capetian Court, emerged from a series of invited seminars given at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. With any luck it will be published in late 2018 or early 2019.


Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Medieval Europe


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2002


Office Location:

213 Wheeler House

Office Hours:

Will be available at the end of August for Fall 2018