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Dr. Vicky McAlister

Associate Professor of History
History and Anthropology
Office: Carnahan  311B


On sabbatical 2021-22 academic year

Ph.D., Trinity College, Dublin, 2013

M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 2007
B.A. (Hons.), Trinity College Dublin, 2006

I offer courses mainly on medieval history, but also early modern and ancient history. I teach EH101 Early European Civilization, and at the upper-division level I teach Castles in Context, the Crusades, Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, and Britain to 1688. I work with students on Senior Paper topics relating to pre-modern Europe. I also have pedagogical interest in using tools of digital history in the classroom and in experiential learning (which is how we end up recreating jousting tournaments, and making an exhibition on 3D printing to-scale models of the Glendalough early medieval monastic site, among many other activities, in my classroom).

I am Graduate Coordinator and you should feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about our MA programs.

My research interests lie broadly in medieval socio-economic and environmental history and medieval archaeology. I am working on two research projects currently. My second book, The Insular Globe: Environmental Change and Landscapes of Colonization, Ireland, 1000-1700, examines landscape changes over the course of Middle Ages and fits these within global narratives. I am also PI on a digital project: What Lies Beneath: Defining a Best Practice Model for Multidisciplinary Study of ‘Lost’ Medieval Vernacular Settlement and Land Use. This multidisciplinary collaboration brings together scholars from the US, UK, and Ireland to formulate new ways to identify surface-level archaeological features from the Middle Ages by combining historical, digital, and scientific methods.

You can read more about my teaching and research at

Select Publications:

Victoria L. McAlister, The Irish Tower House: Society, Economy and Environment c. 1300-1650 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019)

Victoria McAlister, “Castles and Connectivity: Exploring the Economic Networks between Tower Houses, Settlement, and Trade in Late Medieval Ireland”, Speculum 91:3 (July 2016), 631-59.

Vicky McAlister, “The Death of the Tower House? Reasons for the decline of the ‘late medieval’ tower house in seventeenth century Ireland.” In Vicky McAlister & Terry Barry eds. 2015. Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 130-50.


(573) 651-2478
Caranahan Hall 311E

Department of History and Anthropology
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701