Katherine French received her PhD in 1993 from the University of Minnesota, where she worked with Barbara Hanawalt. She taught at SUNY New Paltz, one of the regional universities in the SUNY system, for eighteen years before being appointed the J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of medieval English history at the University of Michigan in 2011. She has held fellowships at the Harvard Divinity School, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for the Humanities at Princeton, and U-M's Institute for the Humanities. Her scholarship focuses on women, religion, and material culture in late medieval England. Her first two monographs, The People of the Parish: Community Life in a Late Medieval English Diocese (Philadelphia, 2001) and The Good Women of the Parish: Religion and Gender after the Black Death (Pennsylvania, 2008), analyzed the religious practices of English peasants and townspeople in the two hundred years between the Black Death (1348) and the Reformation. Most Reformation scholarship argued that local life was disintegrating. She was interested in the ways in which community identity and gender shape religious practice. She has also co-authored a text book Women and Gender in the Western Past (Houghton Mifflin, 2001) and is the author of more than twenty articles and book chapters. Her current book project “Household Goods and Good Households in Late Medieval London” continues to try to understand the consequences of losing between a third to a half of the population to the Black Death. It asks how did increasing consumption after the Black Death by London’s merchants and artisans shaped their household dynamics.
Free and open to the public.
This event is part of the Thursday Series of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.
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|Source:||Happening @ Michigan from Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), Department of History|
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