Brittany Rancour, Ph.D.

Dr. Brittany Rancour

Brittany Rancour, Ph.D.

Art History
COLU 2001


Brittany Rancour’s research centers on representations of women in medieval art, visual expressions of identity, cross-cultural exchange, and the intersection of memory and materiality. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she completed her dissertation on the iconography of women’s seals used to authenticate documents in Scotland and Ireland from the twelfth through the fourteenth centuries. These seals are physical evidence of women’s presence in medieval society and are representative of their power and authority. She received a grant from the Newberry Library to support this project and is working on a monograph and several articles based on this research. Another current project considers the use of images as memory aids and propaganda in a fourteenth-century manuscript on the history of England. In addition to completing extensive archival work for her own research, she also served as an invited curator for the University of Missouri Rare Books and Special Collections Library where she worked on a digital humanities project that highlighted the medieval and early modern manuscript fragments in the library collection. With a background in archaeology, she enjoys teaching classes on material culture from antiquity to the early modern period. 


  • Ph.D. in Art History, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • M.A. in Medieval Archaeology, University of York, UK
  • B.A. in Archaeology, College of Wooster, OH

Courses Taught

Lower Division

  • AH 1000 - Art Through the Ages
  • AH 1500 - Art & Ideas: Renaissance to the Present
  • AH 2810 - Survey: Medieval Art

Selected Publications


  • 2022 - "Cross-Cultural Exchange in Anglo-Norman Ireland: The Evidence from Women’s Seals.” To be Presented at the 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. 
  • 2019 - “The Visual Language of Identity: Women’s Seals in Scotland, ca. 1100-1400.” Presented at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
  • 2018 - “Law and Order: Legal and Religious Texts at the Special and Rare Books Library at the University of Missouri-Columbia.” Presented at the St. Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies in conjunction with the Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis, MO. 
  • 2016 - “Memory and the Making of Royal Genealogies in the Fourteenth Century.” Presented at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
  • 2015 - “The Archaeology of Anglo-Norman Rural Settlement in Co. Wexford, Ireland, c. 1169-1400.” Presented at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.