Jake Coen

Jake Coen


B.A. summa cum laude in History (French minor), Providence College (2015); M.MS., University of Notre Dame (2017)

Year of Matriculation




Areas of Interest

Political Rhetoric, "Propaganda", and Violence; Vernacular Political Thought and Law; Diplomacy; Popular Medievalisms


Jake's scholarly pursuits revolve around political rhetorics in Europe between the eighth and twelfth centuries, focusing primarily on questions of resistance, legitimacy, and "propaganda" across a wide variety of genres and linguistic traditions. His dissertation (to be defended in Fall 2020 under the direction of John Van Engen) deals with the notion of tyranny in Carolingian and post-Carolingian western Europe, but his research interests also include projects on political thought in medieval Italy and the Kyivan Rus'.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • Nanovic Institute for European Studies Dominica and Frank Annese Dissertation Fellowship, 2020–21
  • Co-designer and co-instructor of record for "Harry Potter, Medievalism, and Transmedia Narratives" (Spring 2019 and Spring 2020)
  • Co-designer and co-instructor for "Contesting the Idea of 'Europe'" (Spring 2020)
  • In progress: articles on ethnicity and propaganda in Carolingian Europe, tyranny in the works of Martin Luther, and political terminology in the tenth-century French vernacular