Steve Sargent

Steven Sargent

Job Title
Professor of History
Lippman Hall 224
Department/Program: History

Research interests

My research specialties include Medieval and Renaissance history, especially religion (saints ‘ cults, pilgrimage shrines, miracles, visions, and witchcraft), late medieval science and natural philosophy (physics and metaphysics), and medieval and Renaissance economic history (entrepreneurship).

Teaching interests

My teaching interests include Medieval Europe, Medieval and Renaissance entrepreneurship, the Crusades, the Scientific Revolution, and Medieval mysticism, magic, and witchcraft.


On the Threshold of Exact Science: Selected Writings of Anneliese Maier on Late Medieval Natural Philosophy
by Steven Sargent (Editor), Steven Sargent (Translator)
March 1982
University of Pennsylvania Press

A leading scholar of her generation on medieval natural science. Anneliese Maier published the five volumes of her Studien Zur Naturphilosophie der Spatscholastik between 1949 and 1958. She was the first researcher in this field to provide a balanced assessment of both the achievements and the limitations of scholastic natural philosophy. Her wide-ranging studies of the physical and metaphysical theories of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries have come to be heralded as standard works by specialist in the discipline. With his selected translations into English of Anneliese Mairer’s writing, Steven Sargent makes accessible both to the nonreader of German and to the general historian these important contributions to the history of medieval science.

Academic credentials

B.S., Purdue University; B.A., M.A., University of Massachusetts; M.S., New York University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania