Maribel Dietz

Maribel Dietz

Associate Professor 
238C Himes Hall


Courses Taught

Western Civilization to 1500; Early Medieval History, 300-1000; Later Medieval History, 1000-1500; Graduate Reading Seminar in European History; Undergraduate Seminar on Travel in the Medieval Mediterranean World, 300-1500; Undergraduate Seminar on Martyrs and Martyrdom; Special Topics courses: History of Medieval France, History of Medieval Spain, History of Medieval Ireland, History of Medieval Italy, Pre-Modern Sport, Spectacle, and Entertainment.

Faculty member of LSU in Paris (2014, 2013, 2001), LSU in Italy (2011), and LSU in Ireland (2009, 2002)


Current Research Interests

The Cult of Stephen the Protomartyr, 400-900 (Book project);  Ongoing interest in Late Antique and Early Medieval Mediterranean history with an emphasis on religion, culture and society.


Interested in Directing Theses On

Religion, Society and Culture in the Late Antique and Early Medieval Mediterranean world



B.A. magna cum laude, 1988, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., 1991, Princeton University; Ph.D., 1997, Princeton University.


Awards and Honors

Tiger Athletic Foundation President’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, 2013

Manship Summer Research Grant,  2012, 2007, 2004

Roselyn Boneno Prize for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching, 2011

BP Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, 2008

Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2006

NEH Summer Stipend,  2005

Council on Research Summer Stipend grant, Summer 2003

NEH Humanities Focus Grant, Fall 2002 – Fall 2003

Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, recognition certificate, Fall 2003, Fall 2001

Junior Faculty Research Travel Grant, Fall 2003, Spring 2001

Non-tenured Research Fellowship, Fall 2000

NEH Summer Seminar “Marvels of Rome” participant, Summer 1999

LSU General College Outstanding Teacher Award, May 1998

Princeton Graduate Alumni Teaching Award, 1994



Notable Articles

“Itinerant Spirituality and the Late Antique Origins of Christian Pilgrimage,” in Shifting Frontiers IV: Travel, Communication and Geography in Late Antiquity, edited by Linda Ellis and Frank Kidner. Ashgate, forthcoming.

“Travellers” in Late Antiquity: A guide to the postclassical world, edited by Glen Bowersock, Peter Brown, and Oleg Grabar. Harvard University Press, 1999.



Wandering Monks, Virgins and Pilgrims  (Penn State University Press, 2005)