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Heather Wacha is a PhD candidate in medieval history. Her interests broadly include women's economic and social history and the history of book. Her dissertation, entitled "La Puissance du Choix': Women's Patronage in 12th- and 13th-Century Picardy", incorporates her two major fields of interest by examining women's economic interactions with religious institutions in 12th/13th century Picardy, as represented in original charters and their edited collections, cartularies.

She received her BA from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and her MA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.  Before returning to graduate school, Heather taught high school French in England and the US.  She also taught high school English in France.  She is currently writing her dissertation after having conducted research in Paris, Laon, Soissons and Beauvais over the course of eleven months in 2013.  At the University of Iowa, she has been a teaching assistant for Western Civilization I and II, both as Lead TA and as instructor for the honor's classes.  She has also designed and taught a class on the The Making of Medieval Spain 711-1502.  She is currently the Graduate Student Supervisor for the academic year 2014-2015.

Twitter: @hgwacha

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