Thomas F. Coffey, Ph.D.

Thomas F. Coffey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Modern Languages and Literatures
President of University Faculty, August 2010- August 2012

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Phone: (402) 280-2546

Modern Languages and Literatures

Fax: (402) 280-1808

Creighton University
2500 California Plaza 
Omaha, NE 68178



  • The Catholic University of America:
    • B.A. (French with Greek and Spanish as support areas)
    • M.A. (Mediaeval Romance Philology)
    • Ph.D. (Mediaeval Romance Philology with German and French as minors)

Teaching Areas

  • Advanced French Language
  • History of the French Language
  • French Poetry
  • Beginning and Intermediate French
  • Beginning and Intermediate German
  • Beginning and Intermediate Spanish

Research Areas

  • Bernard Gui
  • Alberic of Monte Cassino
  • Vincent de Beauvais
  • Jean Golein
  • Pilgrimage to Compostela
  • Liber Sancti Jacobi'
  • Mediaeval French History
  • Mediaeval French and Latin Texts
  • Charles V of France
  • Mediaeval Rhetoric
  • Mediaeval Medical Texts
  • The Inquisition
  • Mediaeval Romance Philology
  • Mediaeval Palaeography

Recent Publications

“James the Greater” in Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Ed. Larissa Juliet Taylor, Brill:  Leiden, The Netherlands, 2009.

“Restructuring in the Emperor’s New Clothes – with apologies to Hans Christian Andersen.” Oklahoma Conference—AAUP Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 9 (fall), 2007).  Reprinted in Massachusetts Forum:  The Massachusetts Conference Newsletter Vol. 12, No. 2 (summer/fall), 2007.

Review of Transmundus' Introductio dictandi (ed. and trans. Ann Dalzell, Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1995) International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Vol. 6, No. 2, (fal) 1999.

"Vincent of Beauvais' On the Form and Nature of the Human Body: A Gauge for Measuring Accuracy in Pre-modern Times." Vincent of Beauvais Newsletter, Vol. 21, 1996.

The Miracles of St. James. [with Maryjane Dunn and Linda K. Davidson]. (New York: Italica, 1996).

A Middle French Translation of Bernard Gui's Shorter Historical Works by Jean Golein. [with Terrence J. McGovern] (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1993).