Ph.D. – Northern Illinois University, 1982
M.A. – University of Wisconsin (Madison), 1973
B.A. – Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville), 1971
I am currently working on a project that examines the language and gestures characteristic of honor-related crimes and gendered violence in pre-Revolutionary France. My documentary base derives from the criminal court records of a lower-level royal court, the Sénéchaussée of Sarlat, located in southwestern France (Périgord). The study is an extension and elaboration of my previous work on the functioning of royal justice and its gradual acceptance by a growing “legal community” of professional and commercial bourgeois who were more inclined to have recourse to official litigation to govern their interpersonal relations.
Justice in the Sarladais, 1770-1790 published by Louisiana State University Press in 1991.
French History (Early Modern and Modern)
Historical Theory and Method
Violence in the Transatlantic World
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