Ph.D., Medieval History, University of California, Santa Barbara. June 1993. Comprehensive written & oral examinations passed with distinction, May 1991. M.A., History, University of California, Santa Barbara. December 1988. B.A., History and Business Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara. Summa cum laude and with Distinction in History. June 1984.
Heather J. Tanner specializes in the history of early and high medieval France, Belgium, and England and focuses on politics, governance, the public roles of women, as well as religious reform and the First Crusade. Her first book, Families, Friends and Allies. Boulogne and Politics in northern France and England, c. 879-c.1162 (2004), presents a new model of political development in a region devastated by the Viking invasions through an examination of the interrelationships among the counts of Boulogne and the neighboring counts of Picardy, Flanders, Normandy and England. The book is part of the larger debate on feudalism, the rise of government institutions, kinship and identity. She is currently working on a book concerning female inheritance and governance in late 12th - and early 13th-century Picardy and Flanders. She has won several prestigious fellowships including a Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Faculty (2004), a National Endowment for the Humanities (1996- 1997), and an NSF Foundation Grant (2008) for her outreach work with the Algebra Project. Her most recent conference presentations were at the Haskins Society (2010)and the Western Society of French Historians (2009); she will be presenting a paper at the Medieval Academy of America annual conference (March 2012). Professor Tanner taught at Bates College, the University of Oregon, and Lake Forest College, before joining OSU as an assistant professor in Fall 2001. She was promoted to associate professor in 2005.