Susannah Crowder

Susannah Crowder

Chair and Associate Professor
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Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY (2008, History)

Certificate in Medieval Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2008)

M.Phil., The Graduate Center, CUNY (2003, History)

B.A., Yale University (1997, Humanities)


Susannah Crowder is Chair and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at John Jay College, CUNY, where she has teaching specialties in gender studies and experiential pedagogy.  She earned her doctorate in Medieval History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, during which time she was a Robert E. Gilleece fellow and received the Birgit Baldwin Fellowship in French Medieval History from the Medieval Academy of America.  She earned her B.A. from Yale University with a focus on medieval studies.  Professor Crowder has published numerous articles on topics relating to gender, space, and performance culture, and a prize-winning monograph entitled Performing Women:  Gender, Self, and Representation in Late Medieval Metz (2018).

JJC Affiliations

Gender Studies Program

Course Taught

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Funded Original Seminars
The Philosophy of Revenge:  Reading Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
Magic, Mirrors, and Memory in Latin America:  Slow Reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
ISP First-Year Common Experience Seminars
Ways of Knowing:  Interdisciplinary Perspectives on New York
Justice:  Who’s In and Who’s Out?
Writing New York
Original Seminars
All in the Family:  The Family in History and Psychology
Alternate Worlds
Forbidden Love:  History and Theater
Green Eggs and Zombies:  Literature By, For, and About Children
Inventing History:  Making Culture From Past to Present
Killing Children:  Children as Perpetrators and Victims
Masculinity:  History and Psychology
Saint or Sinner?  Joan of Arc
Sex, Gender, and Justice:  Space and Place
Travel and Transformation
Troublemakers and Music
Violence in the Pursuit of Justice
When I Grow Up:  The Perils and Promises of Adolescence
When Nature Roars:  Global Catastrophe and Human Responsibility
You Are What You Eat:  Food and Culture
Research Seminar
Chaos and Control
Internship Course
For the Common Good:  Community and Service
English 201:  Genre and Rhetoric:  Exploring Writing Across the Disciplines
History 231:  Origins of the Contemporary World:  World History, Part I

Scholarly Work


Performing Women:  Gender, Self, and Representation in Late Medieval Metz, Manchester:  Manchester University Press, 2018. 
***Winner of the 2019 MRDS David Bevington Award for best new book in early drama studies***

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Gendered Devotions:  Negotiating Body, Space, Object, and Text through Performance,” European Medieval Drama 21 (2017):  43-66.

“Performance in the Early Medieval West:  Cultural Practice and Expression of Identity in the Marriage of Sigibert I and Brunhild,” ROMARD (Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama) 50 (2011):  17-29.

“Gender and the Local Expression of Authority in Philippe de Vigneulles's Metz,” Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistes 22 (2011):  181-91.  Special topic: “Crimes et délits, justice et règlement des conflits dans l’oeuvre de Philippe de Vigneulles,” eds. Catherine M. Jones and Bernard Ribémont.

“Children, Costume, and Identity in the Chester Midsummer Show” Early Theatre 10.1 (2007):  13-34.

Book Chapter

“Ivory and Parchment, Flesh and Stone:  Performance and the Activation of Sacred Space.”  In L’Eglise, lieu de performances:  In Locis competentibus, eds. Stéphanie-Diane Daussy and Nicolas Reveryron, 137-48.  Paris:  Éditions Picard, 2016.

Book Reviews

Charles Mazouer, Le théâtre français du Moyen Âge, 2nd ed., in French Studies 72.1 (2018): 101-2.

Marie Bouhaïk-Gironès et al., eds., Les péres du théâtre médiéval:  Examen critique de la constitution d’un savoir académique in Speculum 87.1 (2012):  184-5.

Mireille Chazan and Gérard Nauroy, eds., Écrire l’histoire à Metz au Moyen Âge in The Medieval Review, 5 November (2012).

D. Maddox and S. Sturm-Maddox, eds., Parisian Confraternity Drama of the Fourteenth Century in The Medieval Review, 7 January (2010).

Sarah Beckwith, Signifying God:  Social Relations and Symbolic Act in the York Corpus Christi Plays and William Tydeman, ed., The Medieval European Stage, 500-1500 in Renaissance Quarterly 56.2 (2003):  546-8.

Honors and Awards

David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies, MRDS (2018)
PSC-CUNY Research Award Program, Traditional A (2017-18)
Publication Grant, Office for the Advancement of Research, John Jay College (2017-18)
Enhanced Travel Fund, Office for the Advancement of Research, John Jay College (2019)
William Stewart Travel Award, CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences (2017-18)
Departmental Travel Fund, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (2014-19)
Faculty Student Engagement Fund, John Jay College (2014-15, 2017-19)
Alexandra Johnston Award for Best New Conference Paper in Early Drama Studies by a Graduate Student, MRDS (2008)
Birgit Baldwin Fellowship in French Medieval History, Medieval Academy of America (2006-07)
Writing Fellowship, City University of New York (2003-05)
Robert E. Gilleece Fellowship, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (1999-2003)