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Martha G. Newman

Associate ProfessorPh.D., 1988, Stanford University

Associate Professor; Chair, Religious Studies Department
Martha G. Newman


  • Phone: 512-232-2264 / 512-475-8660
  • Office: BUR 410 / GAR 3.408
  • Office Hours: Spring 2011 - M 1:30-3 p.m. in BUR 410
  • Campus Mail Code: A3700 / B700


Research interests

Currently her research focuses on monastic miracle collections and monastic attitudes toward women and the poor.

Courses taught

She teaches medieval history with an emphasis on religious mentalities.


Recent Publications: 

Professor Newman has written The Boundaries of Charity: Cistercian Culture and Ecclesiastical Reform, 1098- 1180 (1995).



Books & Articles

  • The Boundaries of Charity:  Cistercian Culture and Ecclesiastical Reform, 1098-1180.  Stanford University Press, 1996.
  • "Disciplining the Body, Disciplining the Will:  Hypocrisy and Asceticism in Cistercian Monasticism."  In Asceticism and Its Critics: Historical Accounts and Comparative Perspectives, edited by Oliver Freiberger.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • “Contemplative Virtues and the Active Life of Prelates.”  In Bernard of Clairvaux:  On Baptism and the Office of Bishops.  Cistercian Publications, 2005.
  • "Text and Authority in the Formation of the Cistercian Order:  The Early Cistercians Read Gregory the Great."  In Reforming the Church before Modernity:  Patterns, Problems and Approaches, edited by Louis Hamilton and Christopher Belitto.  Ashgate Press, 2005.
  • "Crucified by the Virtues:  Laybrothers and Women in Thirteenth-century Cistercian Saints' Lives."  In Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages, edited by S. Farmer and C. Pasternack.  University of Minnesota Press, 2003.
  • "Real Men and Imaginary Women:  Engelhard of Langheim Considers a Woman in Disguise."  Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 78 (2003).
  • "Stephen Harding and the Creation of the Cistercian Community."  Revue Bénédictine 107 (1997).
  • "Prayer, Protection, and Politics:  The Cistercian Order and its Bishops."  Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Western Society for French History 18 (1991).

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