Heather Tanner is associate professor of history at The Ohio State University. Her first book, Families, Friends and Allies: Boulogne and Politics in northern France and England c. 879-1160 (E.J.Brill Academic Publishers, 2004) offered a new model of political development for northern France through an analysis of the interrelationships between the counts of Boulogne and their neighbors in Flanders, Picardy, Normandy, and England. She has published seven articles, and is currently working on a book concerning female inheritance and governance in mid-twelfth to mid-thirteenth-century Picardy and Flanders. In September 2015, she organized an international conference on women and power in the high and late medieval period, and is editing a conference proceedings volume. She has won several prestigious fellowships including an National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and the Coca-Cola Critical Difference grant.