Mathew Kuefler

Mathew Kuefler

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Ph.D. in History, Yale University (1995)

M.Phil. in History, Yale University (1993)

M.A. in Medieval Studies, Yale University (1992)

M.A. in History, University of Alberta (1987)

B.-ès-A., University of Alberta (1982)

Mathew Kuefler is a broadly trained Medievalist with specialties in the Early Middle Ages, the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity, and what would become France and Spain into the Central Middle Ages. His scholarship focuses on gender and sexuality, especially LGBTQIA+ as well as the history of childhood and the family, and gay and lesbian history. He also works on the history of Christianity in the Middle Ages. He is the author of The Manly Eunuch: Masculinity, Gender Ambiguity, and Christian Ideology in Late Antiquity (Chicago, 2001), which was awarded the Margaret Wade Labarge Award by the Canadian Society of Medievalists, and The Making and Unmaking of a Saint: Hagiography and Memory in the Cult of Gerald of Aurillac (Pennsylvania, 2014). He has edited The Boswell Thesis: Essays on Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality (Chicago, 2005), and The History of Sexuality Sourcebook (Broadview, 2006), and he is coediting the forthcoming Cambridge World History of Sexualities. At present, he is working on devotion to Saint Eulalia from late antiquity to the present day with the records of a female monastery in Leon (Spain) in the eleventh century and doing preliminary research on the many same-sex paired saints of the Middle Ages.


The Making and Unmaking of a Saint: Hagiography and Memory in the Cult of Gerald of Aurillac (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)

The Manly Eunuch: Masculinity, Gender Ambiguity, and Christian Ideology in Late Antiquity (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001)

Get on Board! The Non-Profit Board Development Workbook: A Working Guide to Better Board Development. (Edmonton: Edmonton Social Planning Council, 1992)

Edited Volumes

The Cambridge World History of Sexualities. Co-edited with Merry Wiesner-Hanks. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

The Global History of Sexuality Sourcebook. 2 vols. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming)

The History of Sexuality Sourcebook. (Peterborough, Canada: Broadview Press, 2007)

The Boswell Thesis: Essays on Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006)

Journal Articles

“Homoeroticism in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Acts, Identities, Cultures.” American Historical Review, 123, no. 4 (October 2018): 1246-66.

“The Convertible Saint: Expeditus through Time and Space.” Journal of Religious History, 42, no. 1 (2018): 25-51.

“An Account of the Churches of Bethlehem and Jerusalem by the Priest Iachintus.” Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research, 61, no. 2 (2017): 161-209.

“The Merry Widows of Late Roman Antiquity: The Evidence of the Theodosian Code.” Gender and History, 27, no. 1 (2015): 28-52.

“Dating and Authorship of the Writings about Saint Gerald of Aurillac.” Viator, 44, no. 2 (2013): 49-98.

“Une image médiévale inédite de saint Géraud d’Aurillac.” Patrimoine en Haute-Auvergne, no. 27 (2013): 54-56.

“How the Holy Grail Ended up in O Cebreiro, Galicia.” Brocar: Cuadernas de investigación histórica, no. 35 (2012): 53-64.

“La rinuncia sessuale e la modernità.” Contemporanea: Rivista di storia dell’800 e del ’900, 14, no. 4 (2011): 701-7.

“Anderl of Rinn, the Accusation of Jewish Ritual Murder, and the Historical Memory of Childhood.” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, 2, no. 1 (2009): 1-33.

“The Marriage Revolution in Late Antiquity: The Theodosian Code and Later Roman Marriage Law.” Journal of Family History, 32, no. 4 (2007): 343-70.

“A Wryed Existence: Attitudes Toward Children in Anglo-Saxon England.” Journal of Social History, 24, no. 4 (1991): 823-34.

Book Chapters

“Writing LGBTQ+ Experience into Global and Big History.” In The Oxford Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History, ed. Howard Chiang and Dominic Janes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“Christian Self-Castration as Mystagogical Practice.” In Early Christian Mystagogy and the Body, ed. Niente Vos and Paul van Geest (Louvain: Peeters, 2022), 121-38.

“Sexuality Studies in Historical Comparative Perspective.” In The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Sexuality Studies, ed. Nancy A. Naples (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2020), 40-60.

“Saint Gerald of Aurillac, Sex and Violence in Medieval Hagiography.” In Hagiography and the History of Latin Christendom, ed. Samantha Kahn Herrick (Leiden: Brill, 2020), 232-51.

“The Formation of the Homosexual Subject in Late Roman Antiquity.” In La construction sociale du sujet exclus (IVe-VIe siècle): Discours, lieux et individus, ed. Sylvie Joie, Maria Cristina La Rocca, and Stéphane Gionni (Turnout, Belgium: Brepols, 2019), 227-40.

“Between Bishops and Barbarians: The Christian Rulers of the Later Roman Empire.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Political Culture in Europe, ed. Sean Brady et al. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 37-62.

“Physical and Symbolic Castration and the Holy Eunuch in Late Antiquity, Third to Sixth Centuries.” In Celibate and Childless Men in Power: Ruling Bishops and Eunuchs in the Pre-Modern World, ed. Almut Höfert, Matthew M. Mesley, and Serena Tolino (London: Routledge, 2017), 177-91.

“Clothes (Un)Make the (Wo)Man: Dress and Gender Crossings in Late Antiquity.” In Il genere nella ricerca storica: Atti del VI Congresso della Società Italiana delle Storiche, ed. Saveria Chemotti and Maria Cristina La Rocca. Vol. 1. Padua: Il Poligrafo, 2015. Pp. 128-36.

“Desire and the Body in the Patristic Period.” In The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender, ed. Adrian Thatcher. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. 241-54.

“Saint Augustine and the Christian Closet.” In Why the Middle Ages Matter, ed. Celia Chazelle et al. New York: Routledge, 2012. Pp. 77-89. Japanese translation: Tokyo, Akashi Shoten, 2014.

“Les histoires de Géraud d’Aurillac.” In Sur les pas de Géraud d’Aurillac en France et en Espagne: Histoire, culte et iconographie, ed. Pierre Moulier. Saint-Flour, France: Cantal patrimoine, 2010. Pp. 21-40.

“Soldiers of Christ: Christian Masculinity and Militarism in Late Antiquity.” In Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism: A Critical Reader, ed. Björn Krondorfer. London: SCM, 2009. Pp. 237-58.

“Sex with Eunuchs, Sex with Boys, and the Implications of Sexual Difference.” Atti del 53 Congresso Internazionale di Studi sull’alto Medioevo: Comportamenti e immaginario della sessualita nell’alto medioevo. Spoleto, Italy: Centro italiano di studi sull’alto medioevo, 2006.

“Male Friendship, Sodomy, and Masculine Identity in Twelfth-century France.” In Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages, ed. Carol Braun Pasternack and Sharon Farmer. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003. Pp. 145-81.

Reprinted in The Boswell Thesis: Essays on Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality. University of Chicago Press, 2006. Pp. 179-212.

“Castration and Eunuchism in the Middle Ages.” In A Handbook of Medieval Sexuality, ed. James Brundage and Vern Bullough. New York: Garland Press, 1996. Pp. 279-306.