Courtney DeMayo Pugno

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Executive Director of the Owen Center for Teaching and Learning

Associate Professor of History

History and Political Science Department, Owen Center for Teaching & Learning


PhD, University of Houston

MA, University of Houston

BA, Hartwick College


Dr. Courtney DeMayo attended Hartwick College, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in history in 2003. She continued her study of history at the University of Houston, where she completed her master’s degree in 2005 and her Ph.D. in history in 2010. Dr. DeMayo has taught at Heidelberg since 2010, and as an assistant professor of history, she is responsible for teaching the freshman-level World History Survey and upper-level courses on topics in European and World History. These courses include the Classical World, Medieval History, the Renaissance and Reformation, Modern China, the Modern Middle East and a variety of thematic and comparative courses on topics in world history.

Dr. DeMayo’s research is on the culture and practice of education in medieval schools, especially in Northern France and Germany between 800 and 1100 A.D. Specifically, Dr. DeMayo is interested in the way education affects wider societal and political issues, especially theories of political and social organization, the exercise of power and the creation of a common culture among secular and religious elites. She has presented numerous papers at regional, national and international conferences, as well as published several articles on these topics. Dr. DeMayo’s research has been recognized by the Medieval Academy of America; in 2009 she won the Etienne Gilson Dissertation grant from the Medieval Academy of America. As a graduate student, Dr. DeMayo spent a semester teaching history at Otto-Friedrich University in Bamberg, Germany, which allowed her to complete extensive archival research in Europe. 

  • Organized and hosted the Fall 2013 meeting of the Ohio Medieval Colloquium
  • Published three encyclopedia entries in “The International Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages Online”
  • Publication: “The Students of Gerbert of Aurillac’s Cathedral School at Reims: An Intellectual Genealogy,” Medieval Prosopography, 2012

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