• CSUN History Department

Clementine Oliver

Clementine Oliver
Full-Time Faculty
(818) 677-7199
Office location:
Sierra Tower 620



Ph.D., History, University of California at Berkeley, 2000
MA, History, University of California at Berkeley, 1993
BA, History (Highest Distinction in General Scholarship; Phi Beta Kappa), University of California at Berkeley, 1991

Courses Taught

HIST 150 Western Civilization to 1500
HIST 303Themes in Western Civilization
HIST 420 Medieval Europe
HIST 444 The Renaissance and Reformation
HIT 452 Medieval and Early Modern England                 

Selected Publications and Presentations


  • Parliament and Political Pamphleteering in Fourteenth-Century England (York Medieval Press, 2010)

Articles and Essays

  • “Why Margery Kempe is Annoying and Why We Should Care,” in J. Glenn (ed.), The Middle Ages in Texts and Texture: Reflections on Medieval Sources  (University of Toronto Press, 2011)
  • “New Light on the Life and Manuscripts of a Political Pamphleteer: Thomas Fovent,” Historical Research, 2009
  • “The First Political Pamphlet?  The unsolved case of the anonymous account of the Good Parliament of 1377,” Viator 38 (2007)
  • “A Political Pamphleteer in Late Medieval England: Thomas Fovent, Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Usk and the Merciless Parliament of 1388,” New Medieval Literatures IV (2003)

Research and Interests

Clementine Oliver was born and raised in Canada during the Trudeau era. She believes this helped shape her longstanding interest in the origins and preservation of the public sphere, civil society, and democratic communicative practices, as well as a fascination with parliament and political opposition. Her published work on late medieval England reflects these longstanding interests, but her teaching practices, her commitment to a cooperative classroom environment, and her openness to pedagogical and intellectual experimentation reflect the many years she spent at U.C. Berkeley. She ever strives to teach and live by the Berkeley motto, Fiat lux, or Let there be light.