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Frances Eshleman

Frances Eshleman

[email protected]

Research Interests:
Late medieval canon law, social history, penance and discipline, sexuality


Ph.D. student History, Fordham University

M.A. Medieval Studies, Fordham University 2021

B.A. History, magna cum laude, Wheaton College 2017

Publications and Presentations

“Enforcement, Punishment, and the Boundaries of Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in Paul of Janovice’s Visitation Record, 1379–1382,” 98th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Washington DC (February 2023)

(With Benjamin Bertrand) “Coding Under Covid: Observations from the Siege of Antioch Project 2020–2021,” Annual meeting of the International Congress on Medieval Studies, The Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2022)

“The Siege of Antioch Project,” Digital Humanities Informational Session (zoom), Fordham University/University of Modena, Italy (March 2022)

“Introduction to the Siege of Antioch Project,” Fordham University Annual Digital Day (August 2020 by zoom, 2021 in person)

M.A. Thesis: "A Debt Unpaid: Proving Impotence in Late Medieval Ecclesiastical Courts," (August 2021)
Advisor: Dr. Wolfgang Mueller

Fellowships, Assistantships, and Honors

Student Travel Bursary, The Medieval Academy of America, November 2022

Fordham University Awards:

Alpha Sigma Nu member, 2023

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Scholarship, 2019/20, 2021/22

Center for Medieval Studies First-Year Graduate Essay Prize, “Epicurus and Dante’s Vision of Heresy,” 2020

Summer Graduate Assistantship, Summer 2020, 2021, 2022

Wheaton College Honors:

History Honors Certificate for thesis: "Princes of the Church: The Bishop and the Development of Authority in Medieval England," 2017

Phi Alpha Theta President, 2017

Visiting Scholar, Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, Spring 2016