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Maryanne Kowaleski

Maryanne Kowaleski

Joseph Fitzpatrick SJ Distinguished Professor of History and Medieval Studies
Office: Dealy Hall 627
Phone: 718-817-4655


University of Toronto: PhD in Medieval Studies, 1982 and MA in Medieval Studies, 1976

Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies (Toronto): MSL (Medieval Studies Licentiate), 1978

University of Michigan: AB, Double major in French and Medieval/Renaissance Studies, 1974

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 a monograph called “Living by the Sea: An Ethnography of Maritime Communities in Medieval England” that explores 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. My other projects include coediting a festschrift for Bruce Campbell on Peasants and Lords in the Medieval English Economy, to be published by Brepols; finishing an essay on “The Distribution and Integration of French Immigrants in Late Medieval Devon,” for another festschrift; completing a chapter on London as a maritime center for a volume of essays to be published by Routledge on Maritime Trade around Europe,1300-1600: Commercial Networks and Urban Autonomy; and writing a contribution on “Creating a Prosopography of Alien Immigrants:  Foreigners in Medieval Exeter,” for Resident Aliens in Later Medieval England, an essay collection to be published by Brepols. I hope to finish most of these projects during a period of fellowship leave at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2015/16.

My most recent publications include: “Medieval People in Town and Country: New Perspectives from Demography and Bioarchaeology,” Speculum (2014); “Coastal Communities in Medieval Cornwall,” in A New Maritime History of Cornwall (2014); “Bibliography of the Medieval Maritime History of British Isles and Ireland,” International Journal of Maritime History (2014); and “Gendering Demographic Change,” in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe, ed. J. M. Bennett and R. M. Karras. 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.  Other recent publications include: “The Sources of Medieval Maritime History,” in Reading Primary Sources: The Interpretation of Texts from the Middle Ages, ed. J. Rosenthal (Routledge, 2011), and “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).

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.

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses

HSGA 6152 Medieval Women and Family
HSGA 6153 Medieval Economy and Society
HSGA 6154 Medieval Warfare and Society
HSGA 7150 Proseminar: Medieval England
HSGA 8150 Seminar: Medieval England

Undergraduate Courses

HSRU 1300 - Introduction to Medieval European History
HSRU 3301 - Women in the Middle Ages
HSRU 3305 - Medieval Warfare
HSRU 3307 - Medieval Urban History
HSRU 3310 - Medieval England: Worlds We Have Lost
HSRU 4305 - Seminar: Warfare and Medieval Society
MVST 4654 - Medieval London

Curriculum Vitae