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First Name
Last Name
Western Illinois University
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early modern England, courtship and marriage, family, ecclesiastical courts, Reformation, social history
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About Me

I am professor and chair of the Department of History at Western Illinois University, where I teach courses on medieval and early modern history, England, and historical research and writing. Starting July 1, 2018, I will serve as the Chief Reader of the College Board’s AP European History program. My research focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century courtship and marriage in northwest England, drawing on ecclesiastical court records. I have recently completed a 48-lecture course with The Teaching Company’s Great Courses titled “Renaissance: The Transformation of the West.”

Recent Publications

“‘She is but a girl’: Talk of Young Women as Daughters, Wives, and Mothers in the Records of the English Ecclesiastical Courts, 1550-1650,” in The Youth of Early Modern Women, edited by Elizabeth S. Cohen and Margaret Reeves, Gendering the Medieval and Early Modern World series, Amsterdam University Press (forthcoming)

“‘That Right May Take Place’: Female Witnesses and Their Stories in Early Modern English Church Courts,” in “Documents in Women’s History,” Women’s History 8 (Summer 2017 Special Issue, edited by Marie Ruiz and Mélanie Grué): 6-11.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Early Modern England
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England
Expertise by Chronology
2, 6
Expertise by Topic
Family, Law, Local & Regional, Religion