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Michael Bailey

Professor Mike and hawk

Director of Graduate Education

649 Ross Hall
Dept. of History
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: (515) 294-1284

Ph.D. Northwestern University

Research and Teaching Interests
Medieval religious and cultural history
History of magic, witchcraft, and superstition
History of heresy and religious dissent

Selected Publications

Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies: The Boundaries of Superstition in Late Medieval Europe (Cornell University Press, 2013)

Magic and Superstition in Europe: A Concise History from Antiquity to the Present (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); translated as Magia e superstizione in Europa dall’ Antichità ai giorni nostri (Lindau, 2008)

Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft (Scarecrow Press, 2003).

Battling Demons: Witchcraft, Heresy, and Reform in the Late Middle Ages (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003).

Courses Taught
Hist 201 – Introduction to Western Civilization I
Hist 316 – Medieval Europe, 300-1500
Hist 405 – Early Middle Ages, 300-1000
Hist 406 – High Middle Ages, 1000-1300
Hist 407 – Late Middle Ages, 1300-1500
Hist 496A – Advanced Topics in European History: Magic and Witchcraft
Hist 512B – Proseminar in Medieval European History

Professional Activity
Founding co-editor of the journal Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft
American Historical Association
American Society of Church History
Medieval Academy of America
Renaissance Society of America
Societas Magica