Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Maryanne Kowaleski
Joseph Fitzpatrick S.J. Distinguished Professor of History and Medieval Studies
Office Location: Dealy Hall 627
Phone: (718) 817-4655
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Research Interests
I am currently working on several different projects. One is an article tracing the origins of scolding indictments in the local courts of late fourteenth-century England, a project that focuses on the criminalization of women's speech and gossip. Another is an article that draws on documentary and skeletal evidence to examine the differences and similarities in the lives of medieval English peasants and townspeople; this article will be published in Speculum as my presidential address at the 2013 meeting of the Medieval Academy of America. Most of my time, however, is focused on maritime history, including a monograph that takes an ethnographic approach to exploring how residents of coastal communities in medieval England adapted to their marine environment, both on board ship and ashore. A related project is an edition of primary sources for the London Record Society that translates shipping and other types of accounts containing details on maritime life and industry along the Thames in the middle ages. In 2013 I will compile a bibliography of works published since 1990 on the maritime history of the British Isles, along with an historiographic essay, for the Revue d’histoire maritime.

I recently co-edited (with Jeremy Goldberg) a volume of essays, Medieval Domesticity: Home, Housing, and Household, published by Cambridge University Press.  I am also author of Local Markets and Regional Trade in Medieval Exeter (Cambridge University Press, 1995); editor of Medieval Towns: A Reader (Broadview Press, 2006); The Local Customs Accounts of the Port of Exeter, 1266-1321 (Devon and Cornwall Record Society, 1993); and The Havener’s Accounts of the Earldom and Duchy of Cornwall, 1287-1356 (Devon and Cornwall Record Society, 2001); and co-editor of Women and Power in the Middle Ages (Univ. of Georgia Press, 1988) and Gendering the Master Narrative (Cornell University Press, 2003).  I have also published articles on women and work, the urban family, port towns, and overseas and inland trade in medieval England. Among my most recent articles are “Gendering Demographic Change,” in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe, ed. J. M. Bennett and R. M. Karras; “The Sources of Medieval Maritime History,” in Reading Primary Sources: The Interpretation of Texts from the Middle Ages, ed. J. Rosenthal (Routledge, 2011); “The French of England: A Maritime lingua franca?” in Language and Culture in Medieval Britain: The French of England, c. 1100-c. 1500, ed. J. Wogan-Browne (York Medieval Press, 2009); “’Alien’ Encounters in the Maritime World of Medieval England,” Medieval Encounters 13 (2007); “The Consumer Economy,” in A Social History of England, 1200-1500, ed. R. Horrox and W. M. Ormrod (Cambridge, 2006). In 2012-13, I served as President of the Medieval Academy of America and was re-elected as the North American Representative to the Comitato Scientifico, Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica Francesco Datini da Prato, Italy. I continue to be involved in a variety of digital projects at Fordham and elsewhere in the U.S. and U.K.

Web Sites

Editor of Online Medieval Sources Bibliography, an annotated database of online and printed sources for the study of the middle ages.

Publisher of the Internet Medieval Sourcebook, a compilation of thousands of translated primary sources for the history of the middle ages.

Editor of The French of England Website, which facilitates access to material centering on the French documents of England, including bibliography, syllabi, translations, and lists of scholars in the field.

Publisher of The French of Italy Website, which aims to increase awareness of French-language texts composed and copied in medieval Italy.

Editor of The French of Outremer Website, which covers French-language texts composed in the medieval Latin kingdoms in the Middle East.

Editor of the Center for Medieval Studies Website, which contains information on the course, faculty, programs, and activities of the Medieval Studies BA, MA, and Doctoral Certificate programs at Fordham University.

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