Department of History

Susan Dinan

Office:   Raubinger 154
Phone:   (973) 720-3658
Office Hours:   T 4:00-6:00; By Appointment

Department: History
Position: Full Professor and Director of the University Honors College
Area Specialization: Early Modern France, Reformation, Gender

Susan Dinan teaches courses in French history and early modern European history. She earned degrees from Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her publications examine women as providers of poor relief and nursing services in early modern Paris, and include Women and Poor Relief in Seventeenth-Century France (Ashgate) and the edited collection Women and Religion in Old and New Worlds (Routledge). She also directs the Honors College at William Paterson University.


PhD, History--University of Wisonsin at Madison, 1996

MA, History--University of Illinois at Urbana, 1990

BA, History--University of Washington at Seattle, 1989

BS, Design and Environment Analysis--Cornell University, 1987


Women and Poor Relief in Seventeenth-Century France: The Early History of the Daughters of Charity.  Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.

Women and Religion in Old and New Worlds, edited with Debra Meyers.  NY: Routledge, 2001.  Translated into Spanish under the title Mujeres y religion en el Viejo y el Nuevo Mundo, en la Edad Moderna.  Narcea, 2002.

“Secular Women’s Religious Activities in Europe and the Americas, 1400-1800,” in Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe, edited by Katherine McIver, Jane Couchman, and Allyson Poska.  Aldershot: Ashgate, [Forthcoming]

“The Gender Gap in Honors Education,” in Attending to Women, edited by Adele Seeff. Wilmington, DE: University of Delaware Press, [Forthcoming]

“A Community of Active Religious Women ,” in Defining Community in Early Modern Europe, edited by Michael Halvorson and Karen Spierling.  Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008, 63-79.

“Compliance and Defiance: The Daughters of Charity and the Council of Trent,” in Reforming the Church before Modernity, edited by Christopher Bellitto and Louis Hamilton.  Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, 199-217.

“Motivations for Charity in Early Modern France,” in Reformation of Charity: the Secular and the Religious in Early Modern Poor Relief, edited by Thomas Safley.  Leiden: Brill, 2004, 176-192.

“Overcoming Gender Limitations: The Daughters of Charity and Early Modern Catholicism.”  In Early Modern Catholicism: Essays in Honor of John O’Malley, S.J.,   edited by Kathleen Comerford and Hilmar Pabel.  Toronto: The University of Toronto Press, 2001, 97-113.

“Spheres of Female Religious Expression in Catholic-Reformation France.” In Women and Religion in Old and New Worlds, edited by Susan E. Dinan and Debra Meyers.  New York, NY: Routledge, 2001, 71-92.

“Public Charity and Public Piety: The Missionary Vocation of the Daughters of Charity of Charity.”  Proceedings of the Western Society for French History  27 (Spring 2001): 200-209.

“Confraternities as a Venue for Female Activism during the Catholic Reformation.” In Confraternities and Catholic Reform in Italy, France and Spain,  edited by John Patrick Donnelly and Michael Maher.  Kirksville, MO: Thomas Jefferson University Press, 1999, 191-214.

Grants & Awards

2011 & 2009 Assigned Released Time, William Paterson University

2009 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “Disease in the Middle Ages.” 5 July – 8

August 2009 held at the Wellcome Trust, London.

2008 William Paterson University Student Government “Student’s First” award for service to students.

2004 David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, Long Island University.

1998-1999 Long Island University Teaching and Learning Initiative Instructional Development Grant. Funds for computer equipment for multi-media presentations in introductory courses.

1998 Folger Shakespeare Library Institute, “Gender and Sanctity in Counter-Reformation Europe.” Weekly sessions 25 September - 11 December.

1998 National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, “Redefining the Sacred in Early Modern England.” 22 June - 30 July 1998 held at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.

1995 University of Wisconsin History Department George Mosse Teaching Fellow. Teaching position awarded to one graduate bi-annually to teach a course in European history.

1994 University of Wisconsin History Department Foreign and Domestic Travel Grants.