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Sharon Farmer

Current Courses

Spring 2016 (tentative)

Department Fields


There are no announcements

Current Graduate Students

Medieval: Women, Social, Religious

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1983

Office: HSSB 4239
Phone: (805) 893-2543   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)
  • "Aristocratic Power and the 'Natural' Landscape: The Garden Park at Hesdin, c. 1291-1302"
    Speculum: A Journal of Medieval History 88(2013), issue 3, pp. 644-680
  • "La Zisa/Gloriette: Cultural Interaction and the Architecture of Repose in Medieval Sicily, France, and Britain
    Journal of the British Archaeological Association (2013)
    JBA_Farmer eprint.pdf
  • 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