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Wolfgang P. Mueller

Wolfgang Mueller

Professor of History
Office: Dealy Hall 622
Phone: 718-817-3943


Dr. phil. habil. in Medieval History: University of Augsburg, Germany, 1998

PhD in Medieval/Early Modern History: Syracuse University, 1991

MA in Medieval/Early Modern History: University of Munich, Germany, 1986

Research Interests

Dr. Mueller is author of two monographs in English, one on The Criminalization of Abortion in the West. Its Origins in Medieval Law (Ithaca/NY and London: Cornell University Press, 2012), and another on an important medieval law professor, Huguccio. The Life, Works, and Thought of a Twelfth-Century Jurist (Washington/DC: CUA Press, 1994). He is co-editor (with Ludwig Schmugge) of volumes 3, 5, and 7 of the Repertorium Poenitentiaria Germanicum (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2001, 2002, 2008), which catalogues (in Latin) entries relating to German recipients in the records of the Apostolic Court of Penance under Calixt III (1455-1458), Paul II (1464-1471), and Innocent VIII (1484-1492). Together with Mary E. Sommar, he has co-edited a collection of essays on Medieval Church Law and the Origins of the Western Legal Tradition (Washington/DC: CUA Press, 2006), in honor of his doctoral adviser, Kenneth Pennington. Dr. Mueller has also published articles in American, French, German, and Italian journals.They deal with late medieval law and penance in theory and practice. His current project is a book-length study entitled Revisiting Marriage Litigation in the Western Church, 1215-1517.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

HSRU 3207 - Late Medieval Religion and Society

HSRU 3208 - The Medieval Other

HSRU 3211 - Medieval Sin, Sinners and Outcasts

HSRU 4100 - Medieval Political Ideologies

Graduate Courses:

HSGA 6134 - The Medieval Empire

HSGA 6072 - Medieval Law and Family

HSGA 7110 - PSM: Church Law and Medieval Society

HSGA 8110 - SEM: Church Law and Medieval Society

Curriculum Vitae