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 Thought, Rhetoric, and Resistance; Demonization or Animalization of Rulers; Vernacular Languages; Literatures, and Law; Diplomacy


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 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

Co-designer and co-instructor of record for "Harry Potter, Medievalism, and Transmedia Narratives" (Spring 2019 and Spring 2020)

Nanovic Institute for European Studies Graduate Fellowship, Spring 2019-Spring 2020

Co-facilitator of Linguistics for Medievalists graduate student working group

Co-organizer of panel "Styles of Rulership Across Tenth-Century Eurasia" at ICMS (Kalamazoo) 2019

In progress: translation, edition, and commentary of tenth-century vernacular Vie de Saint-L├ęger