Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis

Associate Professor, Department of History

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History

Department of History

IU, IU Bloomington

Full Biography

I specialize in the history and material culture of early medieval Europe. I have a background in archaeology and architectural history, and I combine those topics with the study of the way history was written in the Early Middle Ages. I have published a Latin edition and an English translation of the ninth-century author Agnellus' Liber pontificalis ecclesiae Ravennatis (Book of Pontiffs of the Church of Ravenna). Each of these volumes includes a study of the text, in which I explore Agnellus' literary models and sources, and explain why the text has its rather idiosyncratic form and chronological structure. I have also edited a book entitled Historiography in the Middle Ages.  My most recent book, Ravenna in Late Antiquity, a history of the city and monuments of Ravenna from the fifth to the ninth centuries, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.  My current project considers the role of bishops as church-builders, from late antiquity through the Carolingian period. Finally, I am the Executive Editor of The Medieval Review, an online book review journal in medieval studies. I teach surveys and upper-level courses on medieval history, as well as more specialized courses on topics related to the western European Early Middle Ages.

Research Interests

  • Late antique and early medieval Europe
  • Medieval historiography
  • Urban change in Late Antiquity
  • Material culture and archaeology


  • B.A. at Yale University, 1988
  • Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania, 1994

Courses Taught

  • Christians and Pagans in the Early Middle Ages
  • Medieval historiography
  • Medieval Heroes
  • Medieval Civilization
  • Early Medieval History
  • Byzantine History
  • The Carolingian Empire
  • Anglo-Saxon England



  • Ed., Historiography in the Middle Ages, E.J. Brill Academic Publishers, 2003.
  • The Book of Pontiffs of the Church of Ravenna. English translation with introduction. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2004.
  • Agnellus Ravennatis. Liber pontificalis ecclesiae Ravennatis, edited Latin text with introduction. Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis 199. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2006.
  • Ravenna in Late Antiquity, Cambridge University Press, January, 2010.


  • "Ravenna, St. Martin, and the Battle of Vouillé." In D. Shanzer and R. Mathisen, eds., The Battle of Vouillé, 507 CE:  Where France Began, pp. 167-180.  De Gruyter, 2012.
  • "The Roman Liber pontificalis, Papal Primacy, and the Acacian Schism." Viator 45.3 (2014):  1-16.
  • "Ecclesius and San Vitale:  the Episcopal Donor in Text and Image."  In E. Gatti and S. Danielson, eds., Envisioning the Medieval Bishop, pp. 41-62.  Brepols Publishing, 2014.