About Paul Milliman
My research focuses on state formation, the development of historical consciousness, the construction of group identities, and religious conflict and conversion during the Middle Ages, particularly in Europe's "other east"--eastern Europe. My first book, 'The Slippery Memory of Men': The Place of Pomerania in the Medieval Kingdom of Poland (Leiden: Brill, 2013), examines these topics by analyzing the records from a series of disputes between the Teutonic Knights and the neighboring Poles, Pomeranians, and Prussians during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. This book has been reviewed by Piotr Górecki in The Polish Review, Eduard Mühle in Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, Jonathan Lyon in The American Historical Review, Maria Starnawska in Speculum, Darius von Güttner-Sporzyński in Parergon, and Mark Munzinger in Mediaevistik.
I have also explored these issues in two articles: “Boundary Narratives and Tales of Teutonic Treachery on the Frontier of Latin Christendom,” in Monasteries on the Borders of Medieval Europe: Conflict and Cultural Interaction, ed. Emilia Jamroziak and Karen Stöber (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 111-128 and “Melius ius ad terram Pomeranie: Ethnicity and Historical Consciousness in the 1339 Trial between Poland and the Teutonic Knights,” in Arguments and Counter-Arguments: The Political Thought of the 14th and 15th Centuries during the Polish-Teutonic Order Trials and Disputes, ed. Wiesław Sieradzan (Toruń: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, 2012), 123-156. This research has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the American Council of Learned Societies.
I am also very interested in how games--especially chess and the tournament--reflected, influenced, and supplied metaphors for processes of political, cultural, and social interaction in medieval and early modern Europe. My first article on this larger research project--"Ludus Scaccarii: Games and Governance in Twelfth-Century England," in Chess in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age, ed. Daniel E. O'Sullivan (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012), 63-86--was awarded the Medieval Academy of America’s 2014 Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize. I also wrote the entry on "Games and Pastimes" in Handbook of Medieval Culture: Fundamental Aspects and Conditions of the European Middle Ages, ed. Albrecht Classen (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015), 582-612.
I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in History, Medieval Studies, and Humanities-Classics (1997), and I received an MA (2003) and a PhD (2007) in History from Cornell University.