Associate Professor, Department of History
The Middle Ages has earned a bad rap, what with the black death, feudalism, and famine. But Rita Costa-Gomes, Associate Professor of Medieval History is well suited to combat some of the misperceptions about this period in world history.
And she is doing it in the most modern way possible – with her Medieval Baltimore website. Whether her students are serious history majors or are fulfilling general education requirements, Gomes offers them the unique opportunity to connect the culture of the Middle Ages with her adopted city of Baltimore. The website serves as a bridge between the past and the present and helps students understand the importance of history to their own lives in tangible and often unexpected ways.
“It’s a great opportunity for students. We put the diversity of the world in front of them. If I can help them establish a meaningful connection between past and present, then medieval times can come alive. If we learn how to look for it, the Middle Ages are all around us here in Baltimore”
Coming from her native Portugal to Towson University in 2005, Costa-Gomes was excited to be able to learn about the American academic system within the diverse environment of the university. “This was very precious to me, being with students of diverse backgrounds and abilities. I have learned a lot about teaching.”
According to Costa-Gomes, that diversity extends to the department as well. Professors bring very different areas of expertise to the table. “We aren't just about American history or one type of history. This broadness is good for the students as they are exposed to many different areas of the world. We are a window for them. An open window.”
Peek out of Costa-Gomes’ window, and you just might imagine a knight galloping across campus on his way to compete in Maryland’s state sport – jousting!