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David C Mengel


I am an historian and a medievalist: both identities inform my teaching and my scholarship. Since arriving at Xavier in 2003, I regularly teach a two-semester survey of European History as well as a range of upper-level courses, including one seminar on the Black Death and anonther on public space in premodern European cities. A long-time interest in technology and writing inspired another course, “History of Communication Technologies.”

I am currently serving as the first Faculty Director of Xavier University's Center for Teaching Excellence, which was established in August 2010.

My research focuses on later medieval Central Europe, particularly on the city of Prague under the rule of Emperor Charles IV (1346-78). I have written about medieval urban religion, prostitution, the cult of saints, and the historiography of the Black Death. I am now completing a book manuscript on religion, space and power in fourteenth-century Prague.

My teaching and research are grounded in my interdisciplinary study of the Middle Ages, first at Vanderbilt, then at Cambridge on a British Marshall Scholarship, and finally at Notre Dame, where I earned aPhD from the Medieval Institute.

In the course of my doctoral studies, I spent a year studying in Prague and another in Giessen, Germany. Postdoctoral research has been supported by Xavier University, the Fulbright Commission and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.