Camarin Porter

Title: Associate Lecturer
Office: CCC 236
Phone: (715) 346-3979
Fax: (715) 346-4489


ABD, University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.A., History -
University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.A., Government, French, History - University of Texas at Austin
Visiting Research Fellow, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 2007-2008


I am a religious, cultural, and intellectual historian, specializing in medieval religious history, in particular late medieval theology, ethics, and debates over the nature of theological inquiry, theological authority, and doctrinal knowledge.  I am interested in the ways in which tenets of belief, both secular and religious, are translated into lived experience, identity, authority, and cultural tradition. Other research interests include the history of individualism, constructs of self-hood, and the ethics of self-interest, as well as the history of the Franciscan order.  My fields of teaching expertise include ancient through modern European and Mediterranean history and thought, as well as world history, with an emphasis on religious communities and their interactions and cultural transformations.


HIS 101: World History to 1500 (traditional and online)
HIS 102: World History since 1500 (traditional and online)
HIS 256: Europe to 1500
HIS 257: Europe from 1500 to the Present
HIS 358: England to the Eighteenth Century
HIS 315: The Medieval Church
HIS 315: The Ancient Mediterranean World
HIS 369: Tolerance and Intolerance in European Society to 1648 (writing emphasis)
HIS 176: The U.S. to 1877 (traditional and online)
FYS 102: First-Year Seminar on Ancient Greece & Greek Mythology
FYS 101: First-Year Seminar on Morality and Applied Ethics


De subjecto theologiae: Gerardus Odonis and The Nature of Theological Knowledge and Theological Authority in the Early Fourteenth-Century​

Select Publications

  • “Gerardus Odonis' Commentary on Aristotle’s Ethics: a Discussion of the Manuscripts and General Survey,” Vivarium 47:2 (2009): 241-294.
  • Stephen John Grabill, ed., Sourcebook in Late-Scholastic Monetary Theory: The Contributions of Martín De Azpilcueta, Luis De Molina, S.J., and Juan De Mariana, S.J.. Studies in Ethics and Economics (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007), for H-German, H-Net reviews, 2010.
  • “Pilgrimages of Friars” for the Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, ed. Larissa Taylor (Brill, 2009), 545-547.
  • “Time Measurement and Chronology in Medieval Studies” in Handbook of Medieval Studies: Concepts, Methods, Historical Developments, and Current Trends in Medieval Studies, ed. Albrecht Classen (Walter de Gruyter, 2010).

Works in Progress

  • "Constructs of the Medieval Self, Reappraised:  The Memory, Self-Recollection, and Imagined Reconstruction of Sinfulness and Virtue," article in progress.
  • "'The Beginning of All Understanding:' Creating an Undergraduate Vocabulary of Religion in World History," SoTL article in progress.
  • Article-length study of the articuli fidei as doctrinal constructs from the early medieval period through the Renaissance.
  • Article-length study of the articuli fidei in early fourteenth-century Sentences and Ethics commentaries. 


  • “Medieval Constructs of Doctrine: Articles of Faith in the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian Traditions,” paper presented at the UWSP College of Letters and Science Faculty Forum, Stevens Point, WI, April 10, 2014. 
  • "Identifying the Ethical Self: Self-Recollection and Reflection in Late Medieval Ethics and Sentences Commentaries," paper presented at the American Academy of Religion Upper Midwest Regional Meeting, Saint Paul, MN, April 1-2, 2011. (Session: "Ethics")
  • "Constructs of the Medieval Self, Reappraised: The Self-Recollection of Virtues and Vice," paper presented at the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, Sewanee, TN, April 8-9, 2011. (Conference theme: "Voice, Gesture, Memory, and Performance in Medieval Texts, Culture, and Art").
  • "Personhood and the Ethic of Self-Love in Fourteenth-Century Ethics Commentaries," paper presented at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2010 (Session: "Personhood: the Medieval Philosophical Perspective").
  • "Identifying Theological Authority in Book I of Gerardus Odonis' Sentences Commentary," paper presented at the S.I.E.P.M conference, Palermo, Italy, September 20, 2007.
  • Panelist, "Reaching Freshmen in Large-Enrollment Courses," "Engaging First-Year Students: Strategies for Academic Success," Madison, WI, October 6, 2006
  • "Papal Authority or Polemic: Gerardus Odonis, John XXII and the Tension Between Legal and Theological Authority," paper presented at the Midwest Law and Society Retreat, Madison, Wisconsin, Sept. 16, 2006.
  • "The Good Life, Poverty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Poverty in Gerardus Odonis, O.F.M.'s Commentary on Aristotle's Ethics," paper presented at the Medieval Intellectual History Colloquium, March 25, 2006, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL.


  • UW System OPID Conference Development Grant: “Presenting Snapshots, Avoiding       Stereotypes:  Teaching Religious Traditions and Faith Communities in World History,” Spring 2012 (Organizer and panelist).
  • UW-Stevens Point Grant, Curricular Redesign for the Online Environment, Summer 2011.
  • George Mosse Fellow, UW-Madison, Spring 2009.
  • Heckman Stipend, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, St. John’s University, 2008.
  • George Mosse Visiting Research Fellow, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2007-2008.
  • History Department Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fall 2007.
  • Grant, Workshop in Editing Medieval Manuscripts, Georgetown University, 2007.
  • Research Travel Grant, History Department, UW-Madison, Spring 2006.
  • History Department Fellowship, UW-Madison, Fall 2004.
  • FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship, Spring 2004.
Professional Affiliations
  • Société Internationale pour l'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM)
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • Medieval Academy of America (MAA)
  • American Historical Association (AHA)
  • Medieval Association of the Midwest
  • American Catholic History Association

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