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Barbara H. Rosenwein
Barbara H. Rosenwein (Ph.D. (1974), B.A. (1966), University of Chicago) is a professor of history at Loyola University Chicago where she has taught since 1974. As an internationally renowned historian, she has been a guest professor at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France; the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France; and the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Since 2009, Rosenwein has been an affiliated research scholar at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University in London. She was a scholar in residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2001-2002 and was elected Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 2003.
Rosenwein has lectured throughout the world, including France, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Israel, Sweden, Taiwan, and Australia. Her scholarship has evolved through at least four phases. Her earliest work examined the monastery of Cluny, the “light of the world (lux mundi),” as one eleventh-century pope described it, and culminated in To Be the Neighbor of Saint Peter: The Social Meaning of Cluny’s Property (Cornell University Press, 1989) and Rhinoceros Bound: Cluny in the Tenth Century(University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982). Rosenwein then proceeded to examine the issue of immunities in the Middle Ages, resulting in Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe (Cornell University Press, 1999). In a third phase, she explored the history of emotions, editing Anger’s Past: The Social Uses of an Emotion in the Middle Ages (Cornell University Press, 1998). She then completed several influential publications on the subject of the history of emotions, the most important being “Worrying about Emotions in History,”American Historical Review (2002) and Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages (Cornell University, 2006). Finally, Rosenwein has sought to link her research to larger themes in medieval and European history. She has published several textbooks on the Middle Ages, including A Short History of the Middle Ages (3d. ed, University of Toronto Press, 2009); Reading the Middle Ages: Sources from Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World (Broadview Press, 2006); and Debating the Middle Ages: Issues and Readings, edited with Lester K. Little (Blackwell, 1998). She is also the co-author of popular and widely-assigned The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (4th ed., Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2012). In 2012, a conference was held at Auxerre, France, to honor Rosenwein’s significant contributions to medieval history (De Cluny à Auxerre, par la voie des "émotions". Un parcours d'historienne du Moyen Âge).
Rosenwein has published in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and German, as well as an impressive array of journals, including Médiévales, Annales, Studia Monastica, Speculum, History Compass, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures, Historia: Journal of the Historical Society of Israel, Feministische Studien, Revue historique, The Haskins Society Journal, and History and Theory. She has a distinguished record of service as a chair of the history department at Loyola University Chicago, an editorial board member of Médiévales, Reti medievali and Passions in Context, a co-chair of the program committee for the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in 2011, the president of the Illinois Medieval Association (1999-2000), the series editor for "Conjunctions of Religion and Power in the Medieval Past" at Cornell University Press, and a board member for the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Jan Plamper, "The History of Emotions: An Interview with William Reddy, Barbara H. Rosenwein, and Peter Stearns," History and Theory 49 (2010): 237-265.
European medieval history, history of emotions, monasticism, and immunities.
HIST 101: The Evolution of Western Ideas Institutions to Seventeenth Century
HIST 523: Seminar in Medieval History
Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2006; paperback, 2007).
Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1999).
To Be the Neighbor of St. Peter: The Social Meaning of Cluny's Property, 909‑1049 (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1989).
Anger’s Past: The Social Uses of an Emotion in the Middle Ages, editor (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1988).
Rhinoceros Bound: Cluny in the Tenth Century (Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982).
A Short History of the Middle Ages (Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 2001; 2d ed., 2004; 3d ed, University of Toronto Press, 2009)
The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (Boston: Bedford, 2001; 2d ed., 2005; 3d ed., 2009; 4th ed., 2012), with Lynn Hunt, Thomas R. Martin, and Bonnie G. Smith.