Alan Reese - On Leave

  • Associate Professor, Department of History
  • St. Thomas More College
  • 1437 College Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W6
  • Phone: 306.966.8992
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Education | Research Interests | Research Projects | Selected Publications
Teaching Responsibilities | Administrative Responsibilities


  • Ph.D. (History) University of Saskatchewan (1992)
  • M.A. (Medieval Studies) University of Toronto (1985)
  • M.Ed. (Educational Foundations: History of Education) University of Alberta (1984)
  • B.Ed. (Secondary Education: History and Religion) University of Alberta (1982)
  • B.A. (Classics and Religious Studies) University of Alberta (1980)

Research Interests

  • The History of Spirituality and Mysticism in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • Educational and Intellectual History from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance
  • The spirituality of  Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536)

Research Projects

  • “Sad is the Fasting According to the Law:” Erasmus on the problem of religious fasting in the late middle ages [article in progress]
  • “Wise and Foolish Virgins;” Erasmus on the Significance of the religious life of contemporary nuns [article in progress]
  • I continue to work on Erasmus’ theological anthropology and its relation to his reform of ascetic life

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Reese, Alan W.  "What to do with a Solitary?" in 'Bush Dweller':  Memories of Fr James Gray, OSB, Muenster, Saskatchewan: St Peter's Press, 2010.
  • Reese, Alan W.  "Beyond the Spirit of Fear:  Celebration of the Fruits of Interreligious Dialogue in the Renewal of Catholic Contemplative Prayer" in In Media Res - A Liberal Arts Journal, Spring Issue 2009.
  • Bergen, A., Sax, D., and, Reese, A.W.   "Discovering God in New Ways" in Catholic Missions in Canada.  Winter 2008 (Toronto).
  • Reese, Alan W.   Review Article of :  Origen, Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, tr. Thomas P. Schenk Fathers of the Church vols 103 and 104 (Washington, D.C.) Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook Vol 23 (2003).
  • Reese, Alan W.  "'So Outstanding an Athlete of Christ': Erasmus and the Significance of Jerome's Asceticism," The Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook 18 (1998) 104-17.
  • Reese, Alan W.  "Learning Virginity: Erasmus' Ideal of Christian Marriage," Bibliothèque d'humanisme et renaissance 57.3 (1995) 551-67.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 100 Level (introductory) The Medieval World (History 111.3 T2)
  • 200 Level courses: Byzantine Empire (History 215.6); Early Medieval Europe (History 202.3); Europe and the World in the High Middles Ages (History 205.3)
  • 300 level biographical seminar on a particular medieval author such as St John Cassian, St Benedict, St Gregory the Great, or St Augustine
  • 400 level seminars on topics such as Late Antiquity, the Age of Bede in the Anglo-Saxon Renaissance, Erasmus of Rotterdam

Administrative Responsibilities

  • STM Corporation’s Committee for the Review and Appointment of the President