John Dempsey, Ph.D.

John Dempsey, Ph.D.                                  Associate Professor
Office: Bates Hall 021                                Phone: 413-572-5692
Joined Westfield State University in 2006

Ph.D. History,  Boston University, 2006
Areas of Interest: Ancient and Medieval Europe, Religious History, Sports History                    

Courses Taught:
HIST 101 - Western Experience I 
HIST 102 - Western Experience II 
HIST 266 - History of Baseball
HIST 267 - Sports in World History
HIST 324 - Roman Republic
HIST 325 - Roman Empire
HIST 326 - Age of Chivalry, 600-1400 A.D.
HIST 327 - European Dark Ages, 300-1000 A.D.


Matilda of Tuscany as Episcopal Patroness.” in Storicamente E-Journal del Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civilta dell’Universita di Bologna, Forthcoming, Spring 2018.

The Papacy and The Pan-European Culture of The Middle Ages.” in The Shorter Handbook on Medieval Culture (Berlin and New York: Walter De Gruyter 2015).

Ideological Friendship In The Middle Ages: Bonizo of Sutri And His Liber Ad Amicum.” in Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture: Friendship In The Middle Ages (Berlin and New York: Walter DeGruyter  2011).

From Holy War to Patient Endurance: Henry IV, Matilda of Tuscany, and the Evolution of Bonizo of Sutri’s Response to Heretical Princes.” in Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture: War And Peace In The Middle Ages (Berlin and New York: Walter De Gruyter  2011).

Articles titled “Ethical Perspectives in Crusading,” “The Medieval Papacy and the Crusading Movement,” “Pope Gregory VII and the Idea of Crusade,” and “Pope Urban II’s Idea of Crusade,” all in History in Dispute: The Crusades (New York: Thomson Gale 2002).