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Sarah-Grace Heller

photo of Sarah-Grace Heller, February 2022

Sarah-Grace Heller

Department Chair and Associate Professor of French & Francophone Studies


200H Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road S
Columbus, OH

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Office Hours

Summer 2024: by appointment

Areas of Expertise

  • Medieval French literature, language & culture
  • Medieval Occitan literature, language & culture
  • Fashion theory and material culture


  • PhD University of Minnesota 2000
  • BA Grinnell College 1993

Sarah-Grace Heller is Chair of French and Italian and Associate Professor of French, specializing in medieval French and Occitan literature, language, and material culture. Her publications include Fashion in Medieval France (Boydell, 2007), A Cultural History of Fashion in a Medieval Age (Berg, 2016), and articles related to sumptuary law, crusade literature, the Roman de la Rose, and the semiotics of culture. Her current project is titled Fashion’s Roots across the Romance Routes of the Mediterranean, 400-1300. She is president of the Société Guilhem IX which promotes Occitan scholarship, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Medieval Clothing and Textiles. She has served as director and associate director of OSU's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Podcast interview, Gone Medieval: "How to Dress in the Middle Ages"

Podcast interview, Voices of Excellence: "What was Shopping like in Medieval Paris?" 

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