With over thirty years’ teaching experience, Dr. DeAragon specializes in courses on medieval and early modern European history and the study of the historical discipline. She also teaches western civilization to 1648. She earned her doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1982.
Her research on medieval English families and women focuses on the twelfth century. She co-edited a textbook (Kings, Saints and Parliaments) and has published essays on inheritance, marriage, widowed countesses, noblewomen, the de Vere family, and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her current research examines the interaction of women, families, and the English crown. Her primary methods are prosopography and micro-history.
Dr. DeAragon has been elected to serve as Gonzaga Faculty Assembly President and Secretary, Gonzaga Faculty Regent, and History Dept. Chair. She has also served on many university and college committees and as Director of the Women’s Studies program. For many years she was the secretary-treasurer of the Northwest Conference on British Studies.
In addition to research and teaching, Dr. DeAragon enjoys reading historical fiction and geology books. Her favorite author is Jane Austen. The daughter of a professional photographer, Dr. DeAragon enjoys adding to her photographic collection when traveling. Her photos are an inspiration for her watercolor and pastel paintings.