Dr. Douglas Biggs, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, College of Natural and Social Sciences
Office: Copeland Hall 240B
B.A (1982)., M.A. (1985), Iowa State University
Ph.D (1996)., University of Minnesota
History 210: Western Civilization, Origins to 1648
History 250: US Survey, Origins to 1877
History 409/809p: Medieval Europe
History 463/863p: French Revolution and Napoleon
History 495/895p: Early Church History
History 495/895p: World War II (team taught with Drs. Volpe and Ellis)
History 823: Medieval England
History 849: War, Film & Memory (team taught with Drs. Volpe and Ellis)
History 849: French Revolution and Napoleon
History 849: Europe in the Era of the Great War, 1914-1918
History 849: Modern Britain
My research centers on the period of late medieval history in England, specifically the reigns of Richard II (1377-99), Henry IV (1399-1413) and Henry V (1413-1422). I have written extensively on the political aspects of all three reigns and also have published widely on the topic of late medieval administrative history.
I have written a monograph on the military aspects of the Lancastrian Revolution of 1399 for Brill:
Three Armies in Britain: The Campaigns of Richard II and the Usurpation of Henry IV, 1397-1399 (Brill, 2006)
I have contributed to and co-edited five books on late medieval English studies:
The Ties that Bind: Essays in Medieval British History in Honor of Barbara Hanawalt, with Linda Mitchell and Katherine French (Ashgate, 2011)
Henry IV: Rebellion and Survival, 1403-1413, with G. Dodd (York: University Press, 2008)
Reputation and Representation: Essays in Late Medieval History
with Sharon Michalove and A.C. Reeves, (Brill, 2004)
Henry IV: the Establishment of the Regime, 1399-1406with G. Dodd (York: University Press, 2003)
Traditions and Transformations in Fifteenth Century England
ed. D. L. Biggs, S. Michalove, and A. C. Reeves (Brill, 2002)
Along with this I am also working on a book for the University of Nebraska Press on a small railroad line in my home town of Ames, Iowa. (see pic below)
I have just had an article about the train; "Forging a Community with Rails: Ames, Iowa Agricultural College and the Ames&College Railway, 1890-1896," for the Annals of Iowa, which appeared in their Summer 2012 issue.
I also serve as the Managing Series Editor for Brill's Late Medieval Europe Series, which publishes monographs and collections of essays focusing on political, economic, cultural and religious history of the late Middle Ages.
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1996. My research often takes me to the United Kingdom. I regularly give conference papers in the United States, Britain and Australia/New Zealand. In 2000 I was elected to Fellowship in the Royal Historical Society. This is an international organization of historians only 2,500 in number who have made substantial original contributions to the field of British history.
I teach courses on the history of the Hellenistic world, Republican and Imperial Rome, the Early Church, medieval England, and medieval and Reformation Europe.
For Dr. Biggs's Vita click here.