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Sharon Farmer

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Current Courses

Winter 2009 (tentative)

Spring 2009 (tentative)

Fall 2009 (tentative)

  • History 117C
    Women, the Family, and Sexuality in the Middle Ages [cross listed]

Winter 2010 (tentative)

Spring 2010 (tentative)

Fall 2010 (tentative)

  • History 115
    The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe, 300 to 1050

Winter 2011 (tentative)

Spring 2011 (tentative)

  • History 117C
    Women, the Family, and Sexuality in the Middle Ages [cross listed]

Fall 2011 (tentative)

Winter 2012 (tentative)

  • History 4B
    Western Civilization (1050 CE to 1715 CE)

Spring 2012 (tentative)

Fall 2012 (tentative)

Summer 2012 (tentative)

  • History 4B
    Western Civilization (1050 CE to 1715 CE) Session A

Fall 2014 (tentative)

  • History 117C
    Women, the Family, and Sexuality in the Middle Ages [cross listed]
  • History 215E
    Research Seminar in Medieval Social History

Winter 2015 (tentative)

Spring 2015 (tentative)

Spring 2016 (tentative)

Department Fields


There are no announcements

Current Graduate Students

Medieval: Women, Social, Religious

Professor, Department Chair
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1983

Office: HSSB 4213 (chair)
Phone: (805) 893-2700   Fax: (805) 893-8795

My current academic interests include medieval women and gender, relations between Northern France and the Mediterranean, medieval environmental history, and forms of vulnerability in pre-modern societies.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Medieval women and gender, medieval towns, medieval poor, relations between western Europe and the east

Current Projects

  • The Silk Industries of Medieval Paris:
    Artisanal Migration, Technological Innovation, and Gendered Experiences in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries (monograph)
  • Approaches to Poverty in Medieval Europe: Complexities, Contradictions, Transformations, c. 1100-1500
    edited volume, forthcoming with Brepols
  • The Evolution of Poor Relief in Paris, c, 1250-1600
    forthcoming in _Experiences of Charity, 1250-1650_, ed. by Anne Scott (Ashgate)
  • Vulnerability in the Pre-Modern Era
    (source collection)

Selected Publications

  • Medieval Paris and the Mediterranean: The Evidence from the Silk Industry
    French Historical Studies 37/3 (Summer, 2014)
  • Surviving Poverty in Medieval Paris: Gender, Ideology and the Daily Lives of the Poor
    Cornell University Press, 2002
  • Communities of Saint Martin: Legend and Ritual in Medieval Tours
    Cornell University Press, 1991
  • "Parisian Merchant Women and the Administrative Glass Ceiling in HIgh Medieval Paris"
    in _Women and Wealth in Late Medieval Europe_, ed. Theresa Earenfight (Palgrave, 2010)
  • "Low Country Ascetics and Oriental Luxury: Jacques de Vitry, Marie of Oignies, and the Treasures of Oignies"
    in: _History in the Comic Mode: Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person_, ed. by Rachel Fulton and Bruce Holsinger (2007)
  • "The Leper in the Master Bedroom: Thinking Through a Thirteenth-Century Exemplum"
    in _Framing the Family: Narrative and Representation in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods_, ed.Wolfthal and Voaden (MRTS, 2005)
    Leper in the Master Bedroom.pdf
  • Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages
    co-edited with Carol Pasternack (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2003)
  • "Young, Male and Disabled,"
    in _Le petit peuple dans la société de l’Occident médiéval, terminologies, perceptions, réalités_, ed. by Pierre Boglioni, Robert Delort and Claude Gauvard (Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 2001)
    Farmer2001YoungMaleand Disabled.pdf

Honors and Professional Activities

  • Society of Fellows, Medieval Academy of America
  • EURIAS Fellow - Institut d'études avancées-Paris
  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
  • Membership, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton

Former PhD Students

  • Abigail Dowling. PhD 2014. Assistant Professor, Mercer University
    Diss.: "Landscape, Politics and Identify: Countess Mahant of Artois' Natural Resource Management, ca. 1302-1329"
  • Jessica Elliott. PhD 2014. Visiting Assistant Professor Grand Valley State University
    Diss.: "The Changing Status of Converted Jews in Thirteenth and Fourteenth-Century Northern France"
  • Katrin Sjursen. PhD 2010. Assistant Professor Southern Illinois Univ. at Edwardsville
    Diss.: "Peaceweavers' Sisters: Medieval Noblewomen as Military Leaders in Northern France, 1000-1337"
  • Nicole Archambeau. PhD 2009. Assistant Professor Colorado State University
    Diss.: "Healing Emotional Distress in a Time of Plague and War: Witnesses to the Canonization of Delphine of Puimichel"
  • Tanya Stabler. PhD 2007. Assistant Professor Loyola Univ., Chicago
    Diss.: "Now She is Martha, Now She is Mary: Beguine Communities in Medieval Paris, 1250-1470"; Monograph: The Beguines of Medieval Paris, Univ. of Penn. Press, 2014
  • Mark O'Tool. PhD 2007.
    Diss.: "Caring for the Blind in Medieval Paris: Life at the Quinze-Vingts, 1250-1430"
  • Nancy McLaughlin. PhD 2005. Assistant Professor UC Irvine
    Diss: Universitas, Secular-Mendicant Conflict and the Construction of Learned Male Authority in the Thought of Jean Gerson, 1363-1429; Monograph: Jean Gerson and Gender
  • Andrew Miller. PhD 2003. Adjunct Professor, DePaul University
    Diss.: "Carpe Ecclesiam: Households, Identity and Violent Communication ('Church' and 'Crown' under King Edward I"; recent publication: Tails of Masculinity: Knights, Clerics and the Mutilation of Horses in Medieval England. Speculum 88.4 (October 2013)
  • Laura Wertheimer. PhD 2000. Associate Professor Cleveland State University
    Diss.: "The Ecclesiastical Construction of Illegitimacy in the Middle Ages"
  • Fiona Harris Stoertz. PhD 1999. Associate Professor Trent University
    Diss.: Adolescence in Medieval Culture: The High Medieval Transformation