Melissa Vise Assistant Professor of History

Melissa Vise

Newcomb Hall 314


Ph.D., Northwestern University, Medieval and Early Modern History, 2015
M.T.S., University of Notre Dame, History of Christianity, 2008
B.A., Boston University, summa cum laude, Philosophy and Religion, 2006


Medieval European intellectual, cultural, and religious history with special attention to the Italian peninsula


Medieval European history, violence, crime and punishment, law, religion and culture

Selected Publications

"The Women and the Inquisitor: Peace-making in Bologna, 1299" Speculum 93, no. 2. (April, 2018): 357-386.
"To the Podestà or the Inquisitor? Adjudicating Blasphemy in Medieval Bologna, 1250-1450" in Justice and Violence: Bologna 1250-1700. ed. Sarah Blanshei (Lexington Press, 2018).

Current Research

Professor Vise's current book project, The Unruly Tongue: Speech and Violence in Medieval Italy, explores the power and perceived dangers of speech in the republican communes of northern Italy.