Jay T. Lees

Department of History
Faculty - Professor of History


Ph.D. Tulane University, 1983

Research Interests

Professor Lees’ current research interest is the tenth-century canoness, poet, and playwright Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, as well as the twelfth-century Second Crusade. He is also working on a documentary movie about the tornado that destroyed much of Parkersburg and New Hartford, Iowa, in 2008. 

Teaching Interests

The history courses Professor Lees teaches include Germany to 1648 (German history from Roman times to the end of the Thirty Years War), Germany since 1648 (German history from the rise of Prussia to the present), England to 1688 (English history from Celtic times to the Glorious Revolution of 1688), and Medieval Civilization. He has taught seminars on Women in the Middle Ages; Crusaders, Byzantines, and Muslims; the Holocaust; and Shakespeare as a Historian. In the Liberal Arts Core, he teaches Humanities I and II. In addition to these, he has taught a capstone course entitled Sacred Space. 

Dr. Lees is a recipient of the University-wide Class of 1943 Award for Outstanding Teaching, two Outstanding Teaching Awards from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Regent’s Award for Faculty Excellence, and most recently an Above and Beyond Award for teaching from the UNI student body.  


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