Keith H. Kendall

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Keith H. Kendall

Associate Professor
252 Gries Hall
(906) 227-1648




B.A., Hamline University
M.Div., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Syracuse University


Dr. Kendall investigates the influence of religious beliefs on social and political behavior and decisions, particularly in terms of orthodox responses to dissent.  Dr. Kendall currently specializes in sermons of Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) and that pope’s reactions to movements that he perceived to be threatening the medieval Christian church.  Dr. Kendall teaches courses on Western Civilization, Medieval Europe, the Ancient Mediterranean World, Arab-Islamic history, and Christian history.

Selected Publications/Presentations

 "'Mute Dogs, Unable to Bark': Innocent III's Call to Combat Heresy," in Medieval Church Law and the Origins of the Western Legal Tradition: A Tribute to Kenneth Pennington, ed. Wolfgang P. Mueller and Mary E. Sommar (Washington, DC: Catholic University Press, 2006), 170-78.

"A Coal Passer's Story: Great Lakes Shipping and the Great Depression," Sonderegger Symposium VI, Center for UP Studies, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI (2006).

“Justifying Papal Activism:  Innocent III and Cur Deus Homo,” The Third Annual Saint Anselm Conference, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH (2004).

Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, ed. Kenneth Pennington, Stanley Chodorow, and Keith H. Kendall (Città del Vaticano, 2001).

“Cut and Paste: Examples of Sermon-Making in the Thirteenth Century,” 35th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (2000).

Selected Professional Affiliations

American Catholic Historical Association
American Historical Association
Great Lakes Historical Society
International Medieval Sermon Studies Society
Medieval Academy of America
Medieval Association of the Midwest
Phi Beta Kappa