Dr. Laura Michele Diener
Assistant Professor, Department of History





B.A. (Medieval and Renaissance Studies), Vassar College
M.A. (History), The Ohio State University
Ph.D. (History), The Ohio State University


Dr. Diener's research focuses on textile history, which she finds fascinating, especially when it connects to female spirituality, Latin literature, and monastic culture. In her current research, she utilizes medieval feminist scholarship to read and interpret twentieth-century autobiographical writing by nuns.  She focuses on two memoirs by the writer Karen Armstrong, who spent seven years in a convent during the 1960's. In terms of research, the modern slant of this paper represents an entirely new direction for her and was born from a love of both medieval monasticism and 1960's fashion. When not actively working, she loves to make all manner of things--sweaters, skirts, curtains, afghans, and cupcakes, being among her revolving top five. She spends some time walking dogs, but far more time taking naps on top of them.


Dr. Diener currently teaches Women's Studies 101, Writing and Rewriting the Norse Saga, Ancient History, and The World to 1300.


Dr. Diener is a member of The American Quilt Study Group, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Society for Medieval Feminist Studies/Medieval Feminist Forum.  She is a member of the MU Women's Studies Advisory Board, where she organizes and leads the book club and has performed, directed, and designed the last two Body Shots. She's also a member of the MU Sexuality Studies Development Committee, the History Department's Curriculum Committee, and serves as the Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Advisor. In addition, she volunteers for CONTACT, the local rape crisis center; the Golden Girl Group Home; Little Victories; Craft Hope; and Cammack Group Home.


Contact Info
Phone: 304-696-2954
Email: diener@marshall.edu