Paul Dutton

Professor Emeritus

Areas of interest

Early Medieval history, the Carolingian empire, micro-Medieval studies, the 12th-century Renaissance, Latin palaeography, Medieval platonism, historical dreams, Eriugena, and Medieval weather.


  • MSD (Doctor of Mediaeval Studies), Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MSL, Pontifical Institute
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • BA (Honours), University of Western Ontario


After 37 years of service at Simon Fraser University, Professor Paul Dutton from the Department of Humanities has retired. Dutton is an historian of the Middle Ages who introduced thousands of SFU students to the delights and mysteries of early European history and culture in such courses as HUM 105: Western Civilization, HUM 103: The Invention of the Book, and HUM 307: Carolingian Civilization.