Şenocak, Neslihan

Associate Professor

Office Hours

Fall 2022: By appointment



Diploma in Medieval and Franciscan Studies — Pontifical University Antonianum, Rome, Italy, 2003
Licencein Mediaeval Studies — Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Canada, 2002
Ph.D. — Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 2002
M.A. — Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 1997
B.S. — Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1994


Interests and Research

Neslihan Şenocak specializes in medieval religious, intellectual, social and political history. Her research and teaching focuses on popular religion, political theology, criminal justice, medieval Italian communes and in particular the way the emerging universities influenced theo-political institutions of the medieval Latin Christendom. 



  • Once Upon a Time: Daily Life in Medieval Europe (lecture)
  • Medieval Religious Orders (graduate seminar)
  • Comparative Topics in Religious History: Medieval Europe and Colonial Latin America (graduate seminar)
  • Medieval Popular Religion (graduate seminar)
  • Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 1000-1500
  • Medieval Italy, 1000-1400
  • Medieval Religious Life and Thought (lecture)
  • Contemporary Civilization I & II



  • Shelby Cullom Davis Center Fellowship at Princeton, 2021-2022
  • Columbia Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award, 2018
  • Fellows' Fellow, National Humanities Center, 2015-16
  • I Tatti Fellowship, Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, 2013-14
  • Columbia MacDonald Summer Fellow, 2012
  • Dr. M. Aylwin Cotton Foundation Research Fellowship, 2005
  • Research Grant - Pontifical University Antonianum, Rome and Società Internazionale di Studi Francescani, Assisi, 2005
  • The Bibliographical Society (Edinburgh, UK) Research Grant, 2005
  • Invited Visiting Research Fellow - Institute for the Religious Sciences, Trento, Italy, 2004
  • Distinguished International Publication Award - Turkish Academy of the Sciences (TUBA), 2004
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Erasmus Institute, University of Notre Dame, 2003
  • Joseph Wey Postdoctoral Fellow - Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Canada, 2001
  • J.R.H. Moorman Residential Scholarship - St. Deiniol's Library, North Wales, United Kingdom, 2001
  • Nostra Aetate Foundation Research Grant - Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Rome, 1999
  • Columbia MacDonald Summer Fellow, 2012



  • Hagiography Society, President
  • American Historical Association
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • American Society of Church History
  • Society for Italian Historical Studies



(work-in-progress) People's Church: The Care of Souls in Medieval Italy, 1051-1300, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2023. (under contract)
(in press) Italy and Christianity in the Middle Ages, 1050-1300, co-edited with Agostino Paravicini Bagliani. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2023. 
(in press) Teacher as Shepherd: Theology and Care of Souls at the time Lateran IV (1215), co-edited with Clare Monagle. Turnhout: Brepols, 2022.
The Poor and the Perfect: the Rise of Learning in the Franciscan Order 1209-1310. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012.


Scholarly Articles

(in press) “Introduction: A view of the Historiography” co-authored with Agostino Paravicini Bagliani, Italy and Christianity in the Middle Ages, 1050-1300, co-edited with Agostino Paravicini Bagliani. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2023. 
(In press) “Pieve” in Italy and Christianity in the Middle Ages, 1050-1300, co-edited with Agostino Paravicini Bagliani. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2023. 

(in-press) “Coming Together as an Apostolic Act: Associative Tendencies of the Christian Faithful in Italy” in Between Orders and Heresy: Rethinking Medieval Religious Movements, ed. Anne Lester and Jennifer Deane (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2022)

(in-press) “From Schools to Pasture: A New Care of Souls” in Teacher as Shepherd: Theology and Care of Souls at the time Lateran IV (1215), co-edited with Clare Monagle. (Brepols, 2022).

"From Institution to Inspiration: How the Medieval Friars Minor became Franciscans", in Inspiration and Institution in Christian History, ed. by Charlotte Methuen, Alec Ryrie and Andrew Spicer, Studies in Church History 57 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2021), 54-73.

"Alexander's Commentary on the Rule in Relation to the Summa Halensis" in The Summa Halensis: Sources and Context, ed. Lydia Schumacher (De Gruyter, 2020), 251-266.

“Horizontal Learning in the Medieval Italian Canonries,” in Horizontal Learning within High Medieval Religious Communities, ed. Steven Vanderputten, Tjamke Sniders and Micol Long (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019), 217- 234

“English Friars and Their Influence on the Early History of the Order,” in The Franciscan Order in the Medieval English Province and Beyond, ed. Michael Robson and Patrick Zutshi (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018), 211-228.

“Twelfth-Century Italian Confraternities as Institutions of Pastoral Care,” Journal of Medieval History 42 (2016), 202-225.

"The Making of Franciscan Poverty," Revue Mabillon, revue internationale d'histoire et de littérature religieuses, nouv. ser, 24 (t. 85) (2014) 5-26.

“Franciscan Studium Generale: A New Interpretation” in Philosophy and Theology in the Studia of the Religious Orders and at the Papal Court, ed. K. Emery, Jr., William Courtenay, and Stephen M. Metzger, Société Internationale pour l'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale, 2012, 221-236. 

“Voluntary Simplicity: the Attitude of Francis toward Learning in his Medieval Biographies” in Cambridge Companion to Saint Francis of Assisi, ed. Michael Robson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 84-100.

"The Earliest Library Catalogue of the Franciscan Convent of St. Fortunato of Todi (c. 1300),"Archivum Franciscanum Historicum, 99 (2006) 467-505.

"EarlyFourteenth-Century Franciscan Library Catalogues: The Case of the Gubbio Catalogue (c. 1300)," Scriptorium, 59 (2005) 29-50.

"Circulation of Books in the Medieval Franciscan Order: Attitude, Methods and Critics," Journal of Religious History, 28 (2004) 146-161.

"Book Acquisition in the Medieval Franciscan Order," Journal of Religious History, 27 (2003) 14-28.