Danielle C. Dubois

Dr. Danielle DuboisAssociate Professor of Religion

Danielle Dubois joined the Department of Religion in 2012. Her research centres on topics at the intersection of religion, history and philosophy, and in particular on the diffusion of vernacular and learned traditions in the Medieval Latin West. Other interests include mysticism and traditions of spiritual exercises. Her publications focus on the thirteenth-century writer Marguerite Porete. Her current research project, Marguerite Porete in the French National Consciousness (15th-20th Century), investigates ways in which Marguerite Porete fuels French national sentiment in the decades and centuries that follow the wars of religion. Dr. Dubois teaches courses on medieval and early modern Christianity, faith and reason, mysticism, transformation of the self and world religions.


PhD Humanities, Johns Hopkins University (2012)
MA German and Romance Languages and Literatures, Johns Hopkins University (2009)
MA Philosophy, Université de Montréal (2005)
B.A. Honours Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan (2001)


History of Christianity, History of Philosophy, Medieval Christianity, Mysticism, Book History, Practices of Self


RLGN 1320  Introduction to World Religions

RLGN 2040 Early Modern/Modern Christianity
RLGN 2120 Problems of Faith and Reason
RLGN 2560 History of Medieval Christian Thought

RLGN 3290 Transformation of the Self in Philosophy and Religion

RLGN 4290/7030 Advanced Studies in Mysticism

Selected Publications


“Transmitting the Memory of a Medieval Heretic: Early Modern French Historians on Marguerite Porete," French Historical Studies, forthcoming.

“Natural and Supernatural Virtues in the Thirteenth Century: The Case of Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls.” Journal of Medieval History 43.2,2017: 174-192.

“The Virtuous Fall: Marguerite Porete, Meister Eckhart, and the Medieval Ethics of Sin.” Journal of Religious Ethics 43.3, 2015: 432–453.

“From Contemplative Penitent to Annihilated Soul: The Recasting of Mary Magdalene in Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls.” The Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures 39.2, 2013: 149-172.