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Pepin, Paulette L.
Division Chair & Associate Professor- History
Arts & Sciences
Division of Humanities & Social Sciences, History & Political Science
Maxcy Hall

    Dr. Paulette L. Pepin, an Associate Professor of History, teaches courses in European and western civilization. She has also taught a joint-college course, Tolerance in America, with criminal justice professor, Dr. David Schroeder. They are currently facilitators for the “Finding Alois” project.

    Dr. Pepin's main focus of research has been in the field of Spanish medieval history. She  has completed a biography of María de Molina (1259-1321), a queen and regent for the Kingdom of Castile-León. The biography will be published in 2016.

    Besides reading about medieval history, Dr. Pepin enjoys reading mystery and spy novels written by such authors as Alan Furst and Daniel Silva. She also is a big Harry Potter fan and has read all of J.K. Rowling’s books, seen the movies and even visited Harry Potter World in Orlando, Florida and the Leavesden Studios, England, where the films were made.

    Traveling to Europe is also something Dr. Pepin especially enjoys. In June 2014, she and Dr. Rosa Mo lead a study abroad program to Paris, where 16 UNH students lived and studied for 4 ½ weeks. Dr. Pepin taught a World War I Centenary course and Dr. Mo taught a course on the effects of war on nutrition.

    While teaching in Paris Pepin and Mo traveled to Vienna, Austria where they toured this magnificent and picturesque city and attended a performance of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne Auf Naxos at Vienna State Opera House

    June 2016, Dr. Pepin is planning to lead another study abroad program dealing with World War II in Normandy, France and the Channel Islands (UK). She is also looking forward in the future to leading study abroad programs to Seville, Spain (June 2017) and London (Spring Break 2017) and the University of Oxford and Germany.



    Ph.D., Fordham University, Bronx, NY. History
    M.A., Fordham University, Bronx, NY. History  
    B.A., Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

    Published Books and Articles

    Book In Progress:
    Pepin, Paulette L., María de Molina (1259-1321): A Women of Indomitable Spirit (Lexington Books, 2016).

    Book Editor:
    Devlin, William and Janick, Herbert, The History of Danbury (Western Connecticut State University Press, 2013).

    Refereed Publications:
    Pepin, Paulette L. “Case Study: A 13th century Marital Contract and its Consequences for the Kingdom of Castile-León.” The Historian. 75 (Fall 2013): 806-819.

    Pepin, Paulette L. "The Castilian Church and the Cortes of 1295." The Catholic Historical Review. 87 (2001): 165-184.

    Book Reviews:
    Paulette L. Pepin, Review of Queenship in Medieval Europe by Teresa Earenfight. The Historian, 76 (Summer 2015): 381-382.

    Paulette L. Pepin, Review of The Queen’s Hand: Power and Authority in the Reign of Berenguela of Castile by Janna Bianchini. History Reviews of New Books; Taylor & Francis, 41 (July 2013): 135-136.

    Paulette L. Pepin Review of Gibraltar Crusade: Castile and the Battle for the Strait by Joseph F. O'Callaghan. The Historian, 74 (Fall 2012): 623-624.

    Paulette L. Pepin, Review of Spain: A Unique History by Stanley G. Payne. The Historian, 74 (Spring 2012): 163-164.

    Paulette L. Pepin, Review of The Measure of Women by Marie Kelleher. The Historian, 74 (Spring 2012): 154-155.

    Paulette L. Pepin, Review of The Other Within: The Marranos by Yirmiyahu Yovel. The Historian, 73 (Summer 2011): 406-407.

    Paulette L. Pepin, Review of Making Difference in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia by Jean Dangler. The Historian, 69 (Fall 2007): 579-580.

    Paulette L. Pepin, Review of Conflict and Coexistence by Lucy K. Pick. The Historian, 68 (2006): 890-891.

    Paulette L. Pepin, Review of A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment by Chris Lowney. The Historian, 68 (Fall 2006): 635-636.

    Conference Presentations: 
    8 May 2014, “María de Molina: Intrigue and Scandal in Thirteenth-Century Castile,” at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    25 April 2014, “Queen María de Molina – A Chronicler’s Interpretation!” at 35th Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire.

    10 May 2013, “Defining María de Molina’s Queenship,” at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    9 January 2010, “María de Molina: Queenship – A Partnership,” 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference, San Diego, California.

    24 April 2009, “María de Molina: An Invincible Queen and regent,” 30th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire.

    6 October 2006, “Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695): A. cultivator of female intellectualism," 2006 Asociación de Escritoras de España y las Américas Conference, Washington, D.C.

    16 April 2005, “Inquiry Lesson-Medieval Hispania: A Source of Representative Government,” 36th Northeast Regional Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.

    Regional Sub-Editor, Medieval History, The Historian, a scholarly journal of Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society.

Courses Taught

    • HIST 1101-Foundations of the Western World
    • HIST 1102-The Western World in Modern Times
    • HIST 3305-Renaissance and Reformation
    • HIST 3359-World War I: Passion and Desolation
    • HIST 3361-Modern and Contemporary Britain: 1815-Present
    • HIST 3381-Special Topics: Iberian Civilization
    • HIST 3381-Special Topics: Medieval Society
    • UNIV 4450-Tolerance in Modern America
Coming Attractions

    Study abroad programs:

    • Channel Island and Normandy, France - World War II (June 2016)
    • Seville, Spain – Iberian Civilization and Pluralism (June 2017)
    • London, England (Spring Break 2017)
    • St. Hugh's College, University of Oxford (TBA)


    • "War and Espionage" in conjunction with faculty from our world-renowned National Security program. (Spring 2017)
    • HIST 3360 - England: Restoration and Empire prequel courses - Medieval England and the Tudors
    • "What is Truth? Learning in the Middle Ages