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University of New Haven
|Interests:||Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies
Dr. Paulette L. Pepin, an Associate Professor of History, teaches courses in European and western civilization. She has also taught a joint-college course, Tolerance in America, with criminal justice professor, Dr. David Schroeder. They are currently facilitators for the “Finding Alois” project.
Dr. Pepin's main focus of research has been in the field of Spanish medieval history. She has completed a biography of María de Molina (1259-1321), a queen and regent for the Kingdom of Castile-León. The book, the only biography of this queen in English, was published on 11 March 2016.
Besides reading about medieval history, Dr. Pepin enjoys reading mystery and spy novels written by such authors as Alan Furst and Daniel Silva. She also is a big Harry Potter fan and has read all of J.K. Rowling’s books, seen the movies and even visited Harry Potter World in Orlando, Florida and the Leavesden Studios, England, where the films were made.
Traveling to Europe is also something Dr. Pepin especially enjoys. In June 2014, she and Dr. Rosa Mo lead a study abroad program to Paris, where 16 UNH students lived and studied for 4 ½ weeks. Dr. Pepin taught a World War I Centenary course and Dr. Mo taught a course on the effects of war on nutrition.
While teaching in Paris Pepin and Mo traveled to Vienna, Austria where they toured this magnificent and picturesque city and attended a performance of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne Auf Naxos at Vienna State Opera House. Dr. Pepin was also able to do some archival reach at the Archive of the Jewish Community of Vienna for the “Finding Aloisi” project while she was in Vienna.
June 2017, Dr. Pepin is planning to lead another study abroad program dealing with World War II and the French Resistance. She is also looking forward in the future to leading study abroad programs to France in 2018 where students will walk the battlefields of World War I. In 2019, Dr. Pepin plans to lead a study abroad program to London where she will teach a course on the Tudors entitled “The Real Game of Thrones”.