Hans J. Hummer - Associate Professor

Hans Hummer was born in Oklahoma and raised in Kansas. He joined the history faculty at Wayne State as an assistant professor of medieval history in the fall of 1999 and was promoted to the rank of associate professor in spring 2005. His teaching interests encompass antiquity, medieval Europe and the history of the pre-modern wo rld. His efforts in the classroom were recognized with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award for the 2004-2005 academic year. He has published articles on the barbarian peoples of late antiquity, and the political and social history of early medieval Europe. In 2007, the Society for French Historical Studies recognized his first book, Politics and Power in Early Medieval Europe: Alsace and the Frankish Realm 600-1000 with the David Pinkney Award, granted annually to the best book in French history. He is currently working on a book on kinship in early medieval Europe.



Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles

M.A., University of Florida

BS, Kansas State University


Select publications



Politics and Power in Early Medieval Europe: Alsace and the Frankish Realm, 600-1000
, Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series, 65 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).



Articles, Chapters, and Review Essays

“The Production and Preservation of Documents in Francia: The Evidence of Cartularies,” in Warren Brown, Marios Costambeys, Matthew Innes, and Adam Kosto, eds, Documentary Culture and the Laity in the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 189-230.


“Early Medieval Foundations: 4. Politics and Power,” Blackwell Companion to the Medieval World, eds. Edward English and Carol Lansing (Blackwell, 2009), 36-66.


“A Family Cartulary of Hrabanus Maurus? Hessisches Staatsarchiv, Marburg, Ms. K 424, folios 75-82v,” in Nomen et fraternitas: Festschrift für Dieter Geuenich zum 65. Geburtstag, Reallexikon der germanischen Altertumskunde, Ergänzungsbände 62, ed. Uwe Ludwig and Thomas Schilp (Berlin, New York, 2008), 645-664.  


“The Identity of Ludovicus Piissimus Augustus in the Praefatio in Librum Antiquum Lingua Saxonica Conscriptum,” Francia 31/1 (2004), 1-14.


“Die merowingische Herkunft der Vita Sadalbergae,” Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters 59, 2 (2003): 459-493.


Select Awards

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University, 2015


Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Award, Wayne State University, 2007


David Pinkney Book Award, Society for French Historical Studies, 2006 


Academy of Scholars’ Junior Faculty Award, Wayne State University, 2005


Courses Regularly Taught

World Civilization to 1500 (HIS 1000)


The Family in History (HIS 3250)


The Early Middle Ages, 300-1000 (HIS 5360)


The Later Middle Ages, 1000-1500 (HIS 5370)


The History of Christianity to the Reformation (HIS 5385)


The History of Christianity from the Reformation to the Present (HIS 3995)


Readings in the Early Middle Ages, 300-1000 (HIS 7360)


Readings in the Later Middle Ages, 1000-1500 (HIS 7370)


Readings in the History of Christianity to the Reformation (HIS 7385)

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