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Vicki Szabo

Vicki Szabo


College of Arts and Sciences


Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3911
Office: 206 C McKee Building


Dr. Vicki Szabo received her PhD in Medieval Studies at Cornell University and currently serves as an Associate Professor of History at Western Carolina University. Her research focuses on medieval environmental history, the medieval North Atlantic, and the history of whaling, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Society of Antiquaries of London. She currently runs a major international research project focusing on the molecular, textual, and archaeological evidence for whale use in the medieval North Atlantic. She is author of Monstrous Fishes and the Mead Dark Sea (Brill, 2008), several articles and book chapters on medieval environmental history, and is currently working on a textbook on medieval wildlife. The Force is strong in her.


  • Ph D, Cornell University
  • MA, Cornell University
  • BA, Kalamazoo College

Teaching Interests

Ancient, medieval, and environmental history

Research Interests

Environmental history, medieval North Atlantic world, Viking Age, ancient history, medieval history, animal history, midichlorian history.

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