Valerie Hotchkiss

  • Professor of English and Book Studies
  • Azariah S. Root Director of Libraries

Areas of Study

Education

  • MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale University
  • MLS, Southern Connecticut State University
  • BA, University of Cincinnati and University of Tübingen

Biography

Valerie Hotchkiss serves as the Azariah S. Root Director of Oberlin College Libraries. She has directed university and special collections libraries in Texas, Illinois, and Tennessee, always championing engagement and outreach to users, as well as serious collection building and teaching with primary sources. She earned her BA in Classics at the University of Cincinnati with study at the University of Tübingen. In addition to the MLS, she holds a PhD from Yale University in Medieval Studies.

Hotchkiss publishes in the areas of cultural history, religion, women’s studies, and the history of books and printing. Her books include: Clothes Make the Man: Female Transvestism in Medieval Europe (1996), English in Print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton (2008), and Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition, a 4-volume work she coauthored with Jaroslav Pelikan (2003). Hotchkiss combines librarianship and scholarship, teaching courses on special collections librarianship and the cultural history of books and printing. She is the author of numerous books and articles on medieval cultural history, women’s studies, and topics in the history of books and printing and is currently writing a book on the history of the female pope.

  • history of books and printing
  • medieval cultural history
  • women’s studies
  • history of playing cards

Currently writing a book on the history of the female pope.

  • The Birth and Long Reign of the Female Pope. London: Reaktion Books, in progress.
  • “Full House: The Clulow Historic Book Collection at Vanderbilt University.” Card Culture 73 (February 2021), 16-25.
  • “The Impact of COVID-19 on Scholarly Communications.” Feeding the Elephant H-Net Book Channel, 1:3 (August 2020).
  • Women in Print: Primary Source E-books by Women series. Editor in chief. 3 Volumes, 2015-2016. http://womeninprint.press.illinois.edu/.
  • English in Print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton. With Fred Robinson. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008. https://muse.jhu.edu/book/18531
  • Orthodoxy and Western Culture: Essays in Honor of the 80th Birthday of Jaroslav Pelikan, edited by Valerie Hotchkiss and Patrick Henry, authored two essays, pp 11-27 and 185-231. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Press, 2005.
  • Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition. 4 volumes. With Jaroslav Pelikan. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.
  • Clothes Make the Man: Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe. New York: Garland Press, 1996; reissued by Routledge in 1999 and, later, Taylor & Francis, 2012.
  • The Reformation of the Bible / The Bible of the Reformation. With Jaroslav Pelikan and David Price. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

  • Visiting Scholar at Magdalen College, Library, Oxford, June 2019.
  • Cowinner of Yale Alumni Association, Excellence Award event, 2014 and 2016.
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, University of Cincinnati, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, April 2013.
  • Andrew Turyn Professorship. Five-year Chair for Distinguished Faculty in the Library, University of Illinois, 2011–2016.
  • Honored for achievements in collection development by establishment of The Valerie Hotchkiss Reformation Collection at Southern Methodist University, 2005.
  • “Outstanding Academic Title of 2003” by Choice Magazine and by the Association of American Publishers for Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition (4-volumes, Yale University Press, 2003).