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Jobin, Nicole V

Senior Instructor


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research overview

  • Dr. Jobin's early research concerns the economic and social role of monastic and cathedral institutions in Medieval and Early Modern Genoa, Italy. Her study of these institutions has revealed connections between agrarian contract forms and developing commercial contracts during the period known as the commercial revolution between 1000 and 1350, the way monastic institutions specifically engaged with women landholders in ways that are different from their male counterparts, and the role monastic and cathedral institutions have had on shaping attitudes and practices towards the medieval and early modern environment of Genoa. Her current research is centered on the undergraduate first-year learning experience, and pedagogical techniques to enhance critical thinking through object-based learning and the use of historical primary source materials. She is also currently working on the creation of Open Educational Resource sourcebooks for ancient, medieval, and early modern history courses.


  • social and economic history, italy and the mediterranean, the role of monastics in the process of urbanization, development of commercial land markets, women's roles in the medieval and early modern commercial land market of Genoa, pedagogy - history and the use of primary sources with undergraduates, pedagogy, first-year education



courses taught

  • HIST 1011 - Greeks, Romans, Kings & Crusaders: European History to 1600
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    Examines the history and formation of Europe from its roots in the ancient Near East to Greece to the creation of Medieval states and kingdoms. Topics may include the rise of Christianity, Barbarian migrations, religious persecution, the role of gender and minority status, the growth of trade and European encounters, the Black Death, the European Renaissance the Protestant Reformation.
  • HIST 1012 - Empire, Revolution and Global War: European History Since 1600
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2022
    Examines the history of modern Europe from 1600. Topics may include religious conflict, absolutism, the Scientific Revolution, the global impact of European colonialism and imperialism, the Enlightenment, the French and Industrial Revolutions, and the emergence of romanticism, nationalism, liberalism, socialism and modernism. Concludes by analyzing World War I and II, communist and fascist totalitarianisms, decolonization and the Cold War. Formerly HIST 1020
  • HIST 1061 - The Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Surveys the rise of ancient Rome in the eighth century B.C. to its fall in the fifth century A.D. Emphasizes political institutions, foreign policy, leading personalities, and unique cultural accomplishments. Same as CLAS 1061.
  • HIST 2110 - History of Early Modern Societies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2022
    Examines major themes in Early Modern history in a variety of global contexts. Issues to be explored could include intellectual developments, religion, popular culture, social history, economic and political changes, and states and warfare, usually in a specific region or nation (i.e. Europe, Latin America, the Atlantic World, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, etc.). Topics vary in any given semester.
  • HIST 2170 - History of Christianity 1: To the Reformation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    General introduction to the history of Christianity from its beginnings through the first period of the Protestant Reformation. Examines religious life and the church in relation to its social and cultural setting.
  • HIST 2220 - History of War and Society
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Focuses on war and society in a variety of global contexts. Explores the character, origins, and social, political, and intellectual impacts of war in contexts ranging from several centuries of international conflict to the experience of individual nations in specific wars. Topic varies in any given semester; contact Department of History for details.
  • HIST 4212 - The Age of Religious Wars: Reformation Europe,1500-1648
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2021
    Traces the history of Europe from the end of the Hundred Years War through the Thirty Years War. During this period Europe experienced tremendous changes including emerging religious heresies, the advent of the Spanish Inquisition, violent civil wars, the witch craze, and the Thirty Years War, a precursor to the World Wars of the 20th century. Recommended prerequisite: HIST 1011 or HIST 1113.
  • HIST 4521 - Europe in the High Middle Ages (1000-1400 A.D.)
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Examines the history of Europe from the emergence of feudal institutions to the rise of nation states, with specific attention to social, intellectual and religious change, the role of law and ritual, the crusades and European expansion, and urban growth and identity in the West. Recommended prerequisite: HIST 1011 or HIST 2170.
  • SEWL 2000 - America, the Environment, and the Global Economy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Examines the debate over globalization and the global environmental crisis. Does increasing global economic development threaten to undermine the environment? What role should America play in the development of a sustainable economy? Degree credit not granted for this course and SOCY 1002.


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