Assistant Professor of History
on faculty since 2013
Ph. D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 2009
M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 2002
B.A., Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, 1999
Professional and Personal Interests
Dr. Eric Goddard believes that, “race is something students need to think about to recognize how deeply racial categories impact our history and identity, how profoundly we must be transformed in order to truly overcome prejudice, and how rich the contribution of racial diversity to both society and the church can be.”
His beliefs on diversity and its effects on history come from the unique upbringing he experienced as the son of missionaries in Bangladesh. His time there taught him that fostering a multiracial, multinational, and multidenominational learning community takes effort.
Goddard also spent time in England, France, and Italy during parts of his undergraduate and graduate years. These experiences inspired in him a particular compassion for overseas students. Goddard values the way their comments and experiences can help encourage critical thinking on the part of the class as a whole.
Goddard said, “While I have ultimately reached the conclusion that the Reformed tradition represents the most authentic articulation of my own faith, I also recognize the power of God to open the eyes of people to the truth in other Christian traditions. Further, I believe that the merits of a Reformed world-and-life view emerge most clearly when an open dialogue among Christian traditions is actively encouraged.”
This interest in dialogue among Christians led him to focus his research on the history of the late medieval church, a period whose tensions and concerns led ultimately to religious divisions during the Reformation period.
In his church life, Goddard has spent time as a mentor through teaching adult Sunday school, serving in worship services, and volunteering for special events.
- America and Western Civilization
- Church and State in Medieval Europe
- Europe and Western Civilization
- History of the Middle East
- Medieval Trials
- Research Seminar
- The Ancient Mediterranean
- The West and the World (20th and 21st Centuries)
Professional Society Memberships
American Historical Association
Medieval Academy of America
Papers Published and/or Presented
Rotuli Parisienses: Supplications to the Pope from the University of Paris. Volume III: 1378-1394, edited by William Courtenay and Eric Goddard (Brill, 2012).
“Demographic Representation and the ‘Crisis’ of the University of Paris (c.1380 – c.1500).” Arkansas Association of College History Teachers (Hot Springs, AR, 2012).
“The Hundred Years War and the Crisis of the University of Paris (1418-1452): A Demographic Approach.” 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI, 2011).
“Jumping the Line: Priority of Petition and the Date of the Great Parisian Rotulus (18 Oct. 1403).” 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI, 2010).
“Beneficial Supplications from French Universities after the Restoration of Obedience (1403): Date and Priority of Position.” Mid-American Annual Conference XXXIV (Conception, Missouri, 2010).
“The Myth of Parisian Scholars’ Opposition to the System of Papal Provision (1378-1408)” History of Universities 24 (2009): 1-35.
“Supplications to Pope Benedict XIII in 1394: The Case of the University of Paris.” Newberry Library Medieval Intellectual History Seminar (The Newberry Library, Chicago, 2006).
“A Failed Courtship: Papal Provisions to the Norman Nation at the University of Paris (1362-1403).” The Third French and German Summer Course (The German Historical Institute, Paris, 2006).
Rotuli Parisienses: Supplications to the Pope from the University of Paris. Volume II: 1352-1378, edited by William Courtenay and Eric Goddard (Brill, 2004).
“The Magnus Rotulus of the University of Paris (18 Oct. 1403): Date and Priority of Petition” in Utrum, igitur etc. Essays in Honor of William J. Courtenay (forthcoming).