Keith Sisson, Adjunct Faculty

Keith Sisson received his Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of Memphis under the direction of James Blythe. He also studied at the Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University in New York. Dr. Sisson’s research interests include church and state relationships, political theory and practice, ecclesiology, cultural and intellectual history, and Scholasticism.

In addition to his years of experience directing and teaching in graduate liberal arts programs, for several years he served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, a peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication that aims to promote scholarship in the use of multimedia resources in higher education. He also serves on the editorial board of the Global eLearning Journal. He has lectured widely on the incorporation of digital technology in higher education. In March 2013, he presented a paper entitled “From Medieval Lectores to Mobile Devices: Innovations in Higher Education and Methods of Delivery” at the Education Research Symposium held at the University of Oxford. In 2011, he co-authored a chapter, “A Guide to Using Technology in the History Classroom” in Thomas D. Cox and Kathleen P. King, eds., The Professor’s Guide to Taming Technology: Leveraging Digital Media, Web 2.0 and More for Learning.

In addition to his work on digital technology, he maintains an active scholarly agenda focusing on the history of the medieval papacy:

  • A Companion to the Medieval Papacy: Growth of an Ideology and Institution. Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition 70. Leiden: Brill, 2016.
  • Papal Hierocratic Theory in the High Middle Ages: From Roman Primacy to Universal Papal Monarchy. Saarbrücken: Mueller Publishing House, 2009.


Keith Sisson