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Steven A. Schoenig, S.J., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of History
Associate Director

Courses Taught

Origins of the Modern World to 1500; The Middle Ages to 1100; Medieval Popes and Papacy; Death, the Afterlife, and the End of the World in Medieval Life and Thought; Topics in Medieval Canon Law; The Carolingian and Ottonian Worlds; Reform and Revolution in the Central Middle Ages; Religious Life in the Middle Ages; The Papacy and the Law, The Medieval World


Ph.D., Columbia University, 2009
M.Phil., Columbia University, 2004
M.Div, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, 2001
M.A., Fordham University, 1999

Research Interests

  • Medieval religious and cultural history
  • Papacy
  • Councils
  • Canon law
  • Liturgy
  • Monasticism
  • Saints
  • Medieval Latin
  • Manuscripts

Publications and Media Placements

Bonds of Wool: The Pallium and Papal Power in the Middle Ages. Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law 15. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2016

"The Livery of Loyalty: Innocent II and the Pallium." In
Pope Innocent II (1130-43): The World vs. the City, edited by John Doran and Damian J. Smith, 311-325. Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West. London: Routledge, 2016

"The Palliated Suffragan." In ​​
Proceedings of the ​Fourteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, edited by Joseph Goering, Stephan Dusil, and Andreas Thier, 837-848. Monumenta Iuris Canonici, ser. C: Subsidia, 15. Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2016

“Withholding the Pallium as a Tool of the Reform.” In
Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, edited by Peter Erdö and Sz. Anzelm Szuromi, 577-588. Monumenta Iuris Canonici, ser. C: Subsidia, 14. Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2010.

Honors and Awards

  • Mellon Faculty Development Award, 2016 Mellon Faculty Development Award, 2015
  • Alpha Sigma Nu (honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities)
  • Eta Sigma Phi (honorary society for classical studies)
  • Brebner Travel Award, Columbia University, 2008
  • Richard Hofstadter Fellowship, Columbia University, 2002-2005
  • Joseph F. O'Callaghan Prize in Medieval Studies, Fordham University, 1997-1998
  • Outstanding Student of New Testament Greek, American Bible Society, 1991

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Catholic Historical Association
  • American Historical Association
  • EPISCOPUS (Society for the Study of Episcopal Power and Culture in the Middle Ages)
  • Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio (International Society of Medieval Canon Law)
  • Medieval Academy of America

Community Work and Service

  • Jesuit priest
  • Rector, Bellarmine House of Studies