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John Lomax

Professor of History
History, Political Science, & Geography
Hill Memorial 212
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
Professional Experience: 

Academic Employment

Ohio Northern University

Professor of History 

Associate Professor of History

Assistant Professor of History




University of Texas at Austin Lecturer in History 1987-1988
University of Nebraska at Omaha Visiting Instructor of History  1986-1987
Benedictine College (Kansas)  Lecturer in History  Fall 1980

University of Kansas Ph.D. History 1987
M.Phil. History 1981

University of Chicago M.A. History 1975

Nebraska Wesleyan University B.A. History 1974

Teaching Interests: 

Courses Taught

World Civilizations 1
World Civilizations 2
Western Civilization 1
Western Civilization 2

Humanities 1
Humanities 2

The Ancient World
Ancient Greece
History of Rome
Medieval Europe
The Crusades
The Crusades and Islam
Renaissance and Reformation
Aspects of Mediterranean History
Medieval England
Tudor and Stuart Britain
Great Britain and Ireland to 1714
Modern Britain

Empire and Papacy in the High Middle Ages (graduate seminar)
Medieval Heresy and Reform (undergraduate seminar)
Church and State (law-undergraduate seminar w/Stephen Veltri)
The Early Modern Witch-Hunt (undergraduate honors seminar)

Contemporary Latin America
History of Mexico
Contemporary Britain
Contemporary Italy

Historical Methods
History of Law
Military and Society

Elementary Latin



CIC-Center for Hellenic Studies summer symposium participant 2007
President, Midwest Medieval History Conference 2006-07
Vice-President, Midwest Medieval History Conference 2005-06
Who’s Who in America 2005-present
Who’s Who in American Education 2000-present
Ohio Northern University, Sabbatical Leave 2000, 2009
Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars 1999
Wilfred E. Binkley Professor of History and Political Science 1994, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2007
Ohio Northern University, Summer Faculty Development Grant 1994, 2000
Councilor, Midwest Medieval History Association 1993-4
NEH Summer Seminar participant, American Academy in Rome 1993
NEH Summer Institute participant, University of Notre Dame 1989
Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowship, Italy 1984-5
University of Kansas Summer Dissertation Fellowship 1981
Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society 1974
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society 1972


American Historical Association
Medieval Academy of America
Midwest Medieval History Conference
Society for Medieval Canon Law

Research Interests: 


Delivered a lecture in the 2010 ONU Social Studies Colloquium on “Myth in History,” Ada, November 2010.

Midwest Medieval History Conference, Columbus, Ohio, September 2010.

ONU Master Teacher workshop, 2009-10

ONU College of Business Administration workshop on student portfolios, October 2009.

Newberry Library Intellectual History Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, October 2009 and February 2010.

Midwest Medieval History Conference, Notre Dame, Indiana, September 2009.

Organized and supervised the research of ten students to present papers at the Phi Alpha Theta Ohio Regional Meeting, Dayton, Ohio, March 2009.

Midwest Medieval History Conference, Granville, Ohio, September 2008.

Chair and Commentator for a session on contemporary Cuba at the Ohio Valley History Conference, Bowling Green, KY, October 2007.

Participated in the CIC-Center for Hellenic Studies symposium on The Odyssey, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC, July 2007.

Central Oklahoma Undergraduate Research in History Colloquium II (COURHC II), University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, October 2

ETS Advanced Placement Test Constructed Response Scoring Professional, European History, Lincoln, Nebraska, June 2006.

Organized two sessions on medieval economic history at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the Midwest Medieval History Conference, May 2006.

Pre-Law Advisors National Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2004.

Organized the Phi Alpha Theta Ohio Regional Meeting, Ada, Ohio, April 2004.

Reviewed three Western Civilization textbook proposals for McGraw Hill, 2003-04.

Adjunct instructor of Humanities 1, Bluffton College, Summer 2001/2002/2004/2007.

Organized a session on high medieval apocalypticism for the American Catholic Historical Association Spring Meeting at Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 2000.

Guest speaker on the topic of “Christian Religion in Cuba” for a workshop on “Hispanic Culture: Update on Latin America and Cuba” at Xavier University (Cincinnati), June 1999.

Faculty study tour of Cuba sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati and CIEE, June 1997.

Commentator at the Ohio Academy of History spring meeting, Malone College, April 1997.

Spring term guest lecturer for the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Program, Ohio Wesleyan University, February 1997.

Program chairman for Midwest Medieval History Conference, Northern Illinois University, October 1995.

Study abroad instructor for Eastern Michigan University's European Cultural History Tour (Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and Israel), June-August 1995.

Faculty workshop on “Writing across the Curriculum” sponsored by the University of Cincinnati, Shaker Village, Kentucky, April 1995.

Faculty workshop on contemporary Latin America sponsored by the Indiana Consortium for International Programs, Brown County (Indiana) State Park, November 1994.

Organized sessions on “Frederick II and Aristotelian Thought,” “Frederick II and Gregory IX,” and “Crusades and Crusaders” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, for the Midwest Medieval History Conference, May 1994.

NEH Summer Seminar on “Spolia: Ancient Artifacts in Medieval Reuse” sponsored by the American Academy in Rome, June-July 1993.

Organized a session on “The Medieval Empire” for the Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, March 1992.

Took a course on “Latin Paleography, 1100-1500” at the Rare Book School of the School of Library Service of Columbia University, New York, July 1991.

NEH Summer Institute on “Christendom in the High Middle Ages” sponsored by the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame, June-July 1989.

Organized sessions on “Medieval Law” and “Medieval Universities” for the Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, March 1987.

Organized and helped arrange funding for a colloquium and exhibition to mark the tercentenary of the publication of the De re diplomatica of Dom Jean Mabillon in 1681, Benedictine College (Kansas), March 1981



University Council 1991-93, 1997-99, 2003-05, 2008-10
University Academic Affairs Committee 1993-95, 2001-02, 2006-10
University Grievance Committee 2004-10
Arts and Science Gen. Ed. Coordinating Committee. 2009-present
Arts and Sciences Committee on Curriculum 1996-2009
Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Committee 1999-present


Arts and Sciences Committee on Professional Evaluation 1994-95, 2003-09
University Board of Appeals 2006-08
Joint Faculty-Trustee Honorary Degree Sub-Committee 2004-08
Ad hoc committee / university calendar 2006-07
Ad hoc committee / Henry Solomon Lehr statue 2006-07
University Religious Affairs Committee 1998-2007
University Athletic Advisory Committee 1995-98, 1999-2002
Prelaw Advising Committee 1993-2009
Ohio Regents Fellowship Screening Committee 1991-94, 1997-2009
Arts and Sciences Faculty Welfare Committee 1989-93
University Academic Support Committee 1989-91
Ad Hoc Committee on International Studies 1989-90

Selected Publications: 


“Lupus duplex: Frederick II, Gregory IX, and the ‘Widowed Churches’ of Sicily.” Accepted for publication in the proceedings of the Thirteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law (2008).

Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Christopher Kleinhenz. New York and London: Routledge, 2004. S.vv. “Ancona,” “Constance,” “Enzo,” “Frederick II Hohenstaufen,” “Ghibelline,” “Henry VI Hohenstaufen,” “Manfred,” and “Messina.”

Encyclopedia of Religion and War. Edited by Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez. New York and London: Routledge, 2004. S.v. “Papal Imperial Conflict.”

“Adam and Eve in Medieval Canon Law.” Monumenta Iuris Canonici, Series C: Subsidia, 11 (Vatican City, 2001), 875-885.

“Spolia as Property.” Res Publica Litterarum 20 (1997): 83-94

“Frederick II, His Saracens, and the Papacy.” Medieval Christian Perceptions of Islam: A Book of Essays. Edited by John Victor Tolan. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, 1768; Garland Medieval Casebooks, 10 (New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1996), 175-197.

“A Canonistic Reconsideration of the Crusade of Frederick II.” Monumenta Iuris Canonici, Series C: Subsidia, 9 (Vatican City, 1992), 207-225.


Review of The Latin Church in Norman Sicily, by G. A. Loud. Speculum 84, no. 4 (October 2009): 1078-1080.

Review of Preaching the Crusades: Mendicant Friars and the Cross in the Thirteenth Century, first paperback edition, by Christoph T. Maier. Speculum 76, no. 1 (January 2001): 196-197.


“Ingratus or Indignus: Canonistic Argument in the Conflict between Pope Gregory IX and Emperor Frederick II.” University of Kansas, 1987. Dissertation director: Richard Kay.


Church, Law, and Society in the Middle Ages: A Conference in Honor of Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Peter Landau, January 2010, Millersville, PA, “Faithless? Gregory IX and Frederick II, 1227-1241.”

Thirteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, August 2008, Esztergom, Hungary: “Lupus Rapax? Frederick II and the Widowed Churches of Sicily.”

Eleventh International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, July 2000, Catania, Italy: “Status in Joachim of Fiore.”

American Society for Church History/American Catholic Historical Association Spring Meeting, April 2000, Santa Fe, NM: “Status is not Time: Joachim of Fiore and the Divine Regimen.”

Mid-America Medieval Association Annual Meeting, February 1998, Lawrence, KS: “Law and Politics in Medieval Europe.”

Tenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, August 1996, Syracuse, NY: “Adam and Eve in Medieval Canon Law.”

Thirtieth International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 1995, Kalamazoo, MI: “Spolia as Property.”

Twenty-ninth International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 1994, Kalamazoo, MI: “Did Frederick II Commit Sacrilege in Thwarting the ‘General Council’ of 1241?”

Missouri Valley History Conference, March 1992, Omaha, NE: “Frederick II and his Saracens: The Juropolitical Dimension.”

Missouri Valley History Conference, March 1990, Omaha, NE: “Devil or Angel? The Bishop of Palestrina and the Resurgence of Papal-Imperial Conflict in 1236.”

Tenth Medieval Forum, April 1989, Plymouth, NH: “The Politics of Accommodation: Frederick II and Gregory IX vis-a-vis Lombardy and Rome, 1230-36.”

Eighth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, August 1988, La Jolla, CA: “Sub pia vote prosecutione transivimus: A Canonistic Reinterpretation of the Crusade of Frederick II.”

Twenty-second International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 1987, Kalamazoo, MI: “Frederick II and Gregory IX: Canon Law as Subtext.”

Missouri Valley History Conference, March 1987, Omaha, NE: “Imperial Ingratitude as Grounds for Deposition: Pope Gregory IX & the Excommunication of Emperor Frederick II in 1239.”

Mid-America Medieval Association Annual Meeting, March 1986, Emporia, KS: ”Canonistic Argument in the Encyclical Levate: Frederick II Replies to his Excommunication of 1239.”

Convegno Internazionale del Centro di Studi Umanistici “Angelo Poliziano”, July 1985, Montepulciano, Italy: “The Welfare of the Holy Land as a Pretext for Papal Intervention in the Imperial-Lombard Conflict, 1226-39.”

Seventeenth International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 1982, Kalamazoo, MI: “Frederick II and Sardinia.”

Thirteenth International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 1978, Kalamazoo, MI: “Let Them Make Bread: Statutory Regulation of Millers and Bakers in Northern Italy, 1200-1400.”

Phi Alpha Theta Regional Meeting, April 1977, Manhattan, KS: “The Failure of the Religious Peace in the Netherlands, 1576-79.”

Phi Alpha Theta Regional Meeting, April 1973, Kearny, NE: “Early Anabaptism and the Mennonite Solution."


Presented a cooking lesson to students in the university apartments and Affinity residences under the campus cooking program, March 2010.

Interviewed candidates at various university scholarship days, 2007-10.

Judged the senior presentation of Steven Saunier and John David Bumpus on “The Templars in History and Myth” at Centerburg High School, Centerburg, Ohio, April 2009.

Judged posters at the ONU Entrepreneurship Poster competition, April 2009.

Team member at Trustees Scholarship Day, January 2009.

Delivered the key note address at the ONU Greek Honors Banquet, October 2008.

Delivered a talk on “Church and State” at the Otterbein Retirement Living Community, Cridersville, OH, February 2008.

Advisor, Ada All-Americans 4-H club, 2003-07.

Advisor for Chapel Outreach groups, 2003-06.

Scheduling officer for the Department of History, Political Science, and Criminal Justice, 2002-present.

Visited the University of Wales, Lampeter, to meet with ONU students and UWL students, to discuss the ONU-UWL direct exchange with UWL administrators and faculty, and to participate in classroom activities, November 2000.

Volunteer Groundskeeper, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ada, Ohio, 1999-present.

Volunteer Sacristan, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ada, Ohio, 1999-2008.

Catechist at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ada, Ohio, 1992-1995, 1999-2008

Faculty Advisor for Delta Sigma Phi social fraternity, 1997-2005 .

Delivered a slide lecture on “Cuba in Transition” to the Exchange Club of Lima, October 1997, and to members of the Phi Beta Delta International Studies Honorary of ONU, January 1998.

Arranged a lecture tour to the University of Akron and Ohio Wesleyan University for a visitor to the University, Mr. A. J. Brothers of the University of Wales, Lampeter, September 1997.

Faculty Coordinator of the ONU-University of Wales, Lampeter, direct exchange, 1996-present.

Contributed an article on my experiences in Rome as a member of an NEH Summer Seminar (June-July 1993) to the ONU Arts and Sciences Review.

Delivered a slide lecture to members of the ONU faculty on my experiences in Rome as a member of an NEH Summer Seminar (June-July 1993), October 1993.

Participated in preliminary negotiations to establish a student and faculty direct exchange between Ohio Northern and St. David's University College, Wales, March 1992. Visited with administrators, faculty, and students on the St. David's campus and delivered a series of four lectures on medieval and Renaissance topics.

Program coordinator of the annual Western Civilization lecture series, 1991- 2006 . Arranged for the participation of off- and on-campus scholars in the series.

Interviewed candidates for ONU Presidential Scholarships, ONU Academic Day Scholarships, and ONU Achievement Awards, variously, 1990-94.

Assisted at indoor and outdoor track and field meets (1989-present) and practices (1989-91).

Organized and arranged funding for a series of lectures at O.N.U. by Professor Kenneth Manning, historian of science at MIT, in conjunction with Black History Month, 1989.