Br. Thomas Sullivan, OSB

Br. Thomas Sullivan, OSB

Professor Emeritus: History; Director of Alumni Relations


B.A. Conception Seminary (1971); M.A. Indiana University (1974); Ph.D. University of Wisconsin–Madison (1982); M.A. University of Missouri–Columbia (1996)

Bio / Information:

Br. Thomas’ research interests include the following: monks at the medieval university, monastic colleges at the medieval university, the Faculty of Theology at Paris in the late Middle Ages, medieval libraries (especially that of the Collège de Sorbonne), and the relative wealth of monasteries in late Middle Ages.



  • Parisian Licentiates in Theology, A.D. 1373-1500, A Biographical Register. Vol. 2. The Secular Clergy (Leiden: Brill, 2011).
  • Parisian Licentiates in Theology, A.D. 1373-1500, A Biographical Register. Vol. 1. The Religious Orders (Leiden: Brill, 2004).
  • Benedictine Monks at the University of Paris, 1229-1500. A Biographical Register (Leiden: Brill, 1995).


  • “’Two Choirs of Angels’? The 1369 Visitation of the Montpellier’s Collège Saint-Benoît,” American Benedictine Review 67.2 (June 2016), 125-57. 
  • “A Little Known Monastic Official: The Prior studentium at Paris, Oxford, and Cambridge” [accepted for publication in festschrift honoring William J. Courtenay].
  • “Monastic Values and Echoes of the Rule of Benedict in the Statutes of 1365 for the Cluniac College at Paris,” American Benedictine Review 63.3 (2012): 331-53.
  • “Ut nostra religione refloreat studium”: The Studia of the Monastic Orders” in Philosophy and Theology in the Studia of the Religious Orders and at the Papal and Royal Courts. Acts of the XVth Annual Colloquium of the Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale, University of Notre Dame, 8-10 October 2008, Kent Emery, Jr., William J. Courtenay, and Stephen M. Metzger, eds. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), 529-48.
  • “The Quodlibeta of the Canons Regular and the Monks,” in Theological Quodlibeta in the Middle Ages: The Fourteenth Century, Christopher Schabel, ed. (Leiden: Brill, 2007), 359-400.
  • “The Monastic Orders at the Medieval University of Paris: A Prosopographical Analysis,” in Université, église, culture: l’université catholique au Moyen-Âge: actes du 4ème Symposium Katholieke Universitei Leuven, 11-14 mai 2005, Pierre Hurtubise, ed. (Paris: Fédération internationale des Universités catholiques, 2007), 345-76.
  • “Completion Rates and Time-to-Degree Figures for the Mid-Fifteenth Century Parisian Faculty of Theology, Medieval Prosopography 22 (2001): 180-93.
  • “Merit Ranking and Career Patterns: The Parisian Faculty of Theology in the Late Middle Ages,” in Universities and Schooling in Medieval Society, William J. Courtenay and Jürgen Miethke, eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2000), 127-63.
  • “Cistercian Theologians at the Late Medieval University of Paris,” Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses 50 (1999): 85-101.
  • “Benedictine Masters of the Medieval University of Paris: Careers and Regency,” Medieval Prosopography 18 (1997): 189-208.
  • “Merit Ranking, the Religious Orders, and the Parisian Faculty of Theology in the Later Middle Ages,” in The Vocation of Service to God and Neighbour: Essays on the Interests, Involvements and Problems of Religious Communities and the Members in Medieval Society, Joan Greatrex, ed. (Turnhout: Brepols, 1997), 135-44.
  • “The Latin Cenobitic Rules: AD 400-700: Editions and Translations,” American Benedictine Review 48:1 (1997) 52-68 (with Mary Forman, OSB).
  • “Benedictine Masters of the University of Paris in the Late Middle Ages: Patterns of Recruitment,” Vivarium 31.2 (1993): 226-40.
  • “The Visitation of the Collège de Cluny, 1386,” History of Universities 11 (1992): 1-31.
  • “The Collège de Cluny. The Statutes of Abbot Simon de la Brosse (1365),” Revue Bénédictine 98 (1988): 169-70.