Martha Rampton

Martha Rampton

Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies

503-352-2772

ramptonm@pacificu.edu

UC Box: A165

Office: Marsh Hall 338

Education

PhD in Medieval History with a minor of History of the Middle East, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA in 1998.

Research on contemporary Egyptian women, American University, Cairo, Egypt in the Summer of 1989.

Master of Arts in Medieval History, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT in 1988.

Bachelor of Arts in Theater and History with teaching certificate, in 1979.

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Areas of Research & Specialization

Martha Rampton is Pacific University's medievalist. Professor Rampton concentrates on the early medieval period with an emphasis on social history and the activities and roles of women.

 

About

Martha Rampton is Pacific University's medievalist. Professor Rampton concentrates on the early medieval period with an emphasis on social history and the activities and roles of women. She has published on a variety of topics, from holy women in both the Christian and Islamic traditions, to the significance of the feasting imagery in the Bayeaux Tapestry. Dr. Rampton’s most recent work concentrates on magic, women and ritual in the early Middle Ages. Her monograph entitled Magic, Women and Ritual Power through the First Millennium is forthcoming. Rampton’s newest research project engages the growing interest in the history of emotions. She is currently writing a book on the role of emotion in a celebrated ninth-century divorce case. Professor Rampton's teaching fields are as broad as her research interests. At Pacific she offers courses on the ancient and medieval worlds, and the medieval Middle East. One of the most popular courses Professor Rampton teaches deals with the history of magic and witchcraft from the Roman period to the Enlightenment. Dr. Rampton has traveled widely in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and India. In addition to an active scholarly and teaching schedule, Professor Rampton is the founder and director of the University’s Center for Gender Equity (CGE) (pacificu.edu@cge). In her capacity as CGE director, Dr. Rampton regularly leads student and community groups to southern India to study gender and society at Lady Doak College. In 2010 Dr. Rampton received the “She Flies with her Own Wings” award from the Oregon Women in Higher Education for her work with CGE. In addition, Dr. Rampton founded the annual Medieval Faire called “Faire in the Grove,” which is a collaboration between the university and the local community. This activity attracts several thousand participants each year (http://www.faireinthegrove.com/).

Published Works

Magic, Ritual Power and Women from Late Antiquity through the First Millennium, forthcoming.

“Eve,” and “Mary Magdalene.” Both in Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. In press with Oxford University Press.

“Judith of Bavaria.” In International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages-Online. Supplement to the Lexikon des Mittelalters. UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Brepols Publishers, 2006.

“Burchard of Worms and Female Magical Ritual.” In Medieval and Early Modern Ritual: Formalized Behavior in Europe, China and Japan. Edited by Joelle Rollo-Koster. Leiden: Brill, 2002, pp. 7-34.

“Up from the Dead: Magic and Miracle.” In Death in the Middle Ages. Edited by Edelgard E. DuBruck and Barbara Gusick. New York: Peter Lang, 1999, pp. 275-91.

“Judith, Slayer of Holofernes,” “Marie de France,” “Fatima,” “The Virgin Mary,” “The Queen of Sheba,” “Rabia,” “Mary Magdalene,” “Ruth," “Rachel and Leah” All in Women in World History. Waterford Connecticut: Yorkin Publications.

“Frankish Holy Women as Makers of Miracles,” Sewanee Medieval Studies: Love Sacred and Secular in Medieval Culture 8 (1996): 243-68.

“The Significance of the Banquet Scene in the Bayeux Tapestry,” Medievalia et Humanistica 21 (1994): 33-53.

“The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 and the Written Word,” Comitatus 24 (1993): 45-60.

Work with Women's Groups

Co-coordinator – Student Travel to Austria for Feminist Studies Program May-June 2005 Coordinator - Student Travel to India for the Center for Women and Gender Equity January 2005 Chair of Board of Directors of Women’s Center for Applied Leadership (WCAL) Portland Oregon 2003-present Oregon Women in Higher Education Organization Committee for Annual Conference 2001-2003 Founder, Chair of the Board, and Director, Center for Women and Gender Equity 2001-Present Committee for Conference on Female Spirituality, March 2002 Chair 2001-2002 Co-Presented with students a workshop entitled “The Feminist Classroom” Oregon State University Conference on Gender and Culture, March 2001 Western Regional Honors Council’s Annual Conference, April 2001

Personal Affiliations

Co-coordinator – Student Travel to Austria for Feminist Studies Program.

May-June 2005 Coordinator - Student Travel to India for the Center for Women and Gender Equity.

January 2005 Chair of Board of Directors of Women’s Center for Applied Leadership (WCAL) Portland Oregon.

2003-present Oregon Women in Higher Education Organization Committee for Annual Conference.

2001-2003 Founder, Chair of the Board, and Director, Center for Women and Gender Equity.

2001-Present Committee for Conference on Female Spirituality, March 2002 Chair 2001-2002 Co-Presented with students a workshop entitled “The Feminist Classroom” Oregon State University Conference on Gender and Culture.

March 2001 Western Regional Honors Council’s Annual Conference, April 2001.

Honor & Awards

2005-2006 Campus Compact Service Learning Grant.

2004 Faculty Achievement Award, Pacific University.

June 2002, I was invited to lecture at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in Department of History’s Medieval Lecture Series. My paper was entitled “Early Medieval Magic and Ritual”.

1999 John R. Meyer’s Grant for Professional Development.

Hewlett Foundation Grant for Curriculum Development to design an inter-disciplinary course on the multicultural History of Medicine.

1996 Visiting Fellow, Summer Research Institute, Manchester College, Oxford University.

1994 Graduate Student Fellowship, Western Association of Women Historians.

1993 Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant for Research in the History of Europe, Africa, and Asia - American Historical Association.

Conference Group on Women’s History/Berkshire Conference of Women Historians’ Graduate Student Award - Runner Up.

1991-1992 University of Virginia - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences dupont Fellowship.

1989 Fulbright Seminars Abroad Fellowship/Egypt, Research on various aspects of Egyptian society, historical and contemporary culture U.S. Department of Education commission: preparation of video essay about contemporary Egyptian women.

1988 National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar/Assisi and Sienna, Italy Research on St. Francis of Assisi.