Professor Nancy M. Thompson earned my Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1994, in Medieval (primary field) and Early Modern (secondary field) History, and She has been teaching at California State University, East Bay, ever since.
She teaches a variety of courses on the Ancient World, the Middle Ages, and World Civilizations. She also teaches historical writing to History majors, and historigraphical theory to seniors and to graduate students in Masters program.
Her research centers on the Christianization of Europe in the early Middle Ages. Recent articles include:
“Muti Canes non valentes latrare?” Preaching in the Early Medieval West” (in progress)
“How Did Christianity Spread?” in The Rise of Christianity: History, Documents, and Key Questions, edited by Kevin Kaatz (2015)
and “The Carolingian De festivitatibus and the Blickling Book” in The Old English Homily: Precedent, Practice, and Appropriation, edited by Aaron J. Kleist, (2007).
She was promoted to full professor in 2015. In recent years administrative responsibilities have occupied much of her time. She served as Chair of the Department of History (2009 to 2012), then Director of Liberal Studies (2012-2015), and most recently as Interim Director of General Education (2015-2016). She won an Excellence in Teaching Award from Faculty Development Center in 2005.