Sara M. Butler

Associate Professor of History

Associate Professor of History
Office Location
422 Bobet Hall
Mailing Address
Loyola University New Orleans
Department of History
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 191
New Orleans, LA 70118
Direct Phone
(504) 865-2099
Fax Number
(504) 865-2010
E-mail Address


Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 2001; M.A., University of Toronto; B.A. Honors, York University

Short Bio

After receiving her Ph.D. in Medieval History, from Dalhousie University in 2001, and then completing a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Saint Mary's University, Sara Butler joined the Department of History at Loyola in 2004.  Butler’s philosophy of teaching is that history does not have to be dreary! The medieval era was a period of cultural vitality and intellectual and spiritual enthusiasm; such an absorbing history deserves an animated approach. Her research interests focus primarily on the social history of the law, specifically marriage as a power relationship and the role of the jury in the criminal courts of medieval England.

Courses Taught

  • Historical Methods Lab
  • Encounters with the Supernatural:  Magic and Religion
  • English History to 1688
  • Medicine in Ancient/Medieval Worlds
  • Creating Medieval Monsters:  Constructions of the Other 
  • The Crusades
  • The Middle Ages
  • Saints and Demons in Medieval Europe
  • World Civilizations to 1650
  • Medieval Sex and Gender
  • Between Eve and Mary:  Women in Medieval Europe

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