University Distinguished Lecture
Barbara A. Hanawalt
Barbara A. Hanawalt joined the Department of History at The Ohio State
University in 1999 as The King George III Professor of British
History. In addition, she has served as the director of the Center
for Medieval and Renaissance Studies since 2003. Prior to joining
Ohio State's faculty, she was a professor and director of the Center
for Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Writing one of the first books on historical criminology, she used the
considerable English criminal court records in a survey of eight
counties from 1300 to 1348 that involved about 30,000 criminal
indictments. In addition to wide acclaim for four scholarly books,
Crime and Conflict in English Communities, 1330-1348; The Ties that
Bound: Peasant Families in Medieval England; Growing Up in Medieval
London, and Of Good and Ill Repute: Gender and Social Control in
Medieval England, these works have also been widely read by students
and the general public.
With a desire to encourage interest in the Middle Ages, she is the
co-author of The Western Experience (McGraw-Hill) and The Middle Ages:
An Illustrated History and The European World, 400-1500 for the
Children's and Juvenile Division of Oxford University Press.
Colleagues consider Professor Hanawalt the world's leading scholar of
late medieval England. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical
Society and a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and has served
on the councils of the American Historical Association and the
Medieval Academy of America. She also recently served as the
president of the Medieval Academy of America, the nation's leading
organization of medievalists with a membership of about 6,000.
Professor Hanawalt received her bachelor's degree from Douglass
College, Rutgers University, and her master's degree and doctorate
from the University of Michigan.