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Linda E. Mitchell

Professor
Martha Jane Phillips Starr/Missouri Distinguished Professor of Women's & Gender Studies
Senior Editor
, Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques
Medieval British Isles, Women & Gender, Medieval Legal & Administrative, Ancient Greece & Rome

223A Cockefair Hall
Phone: 816-235-2734
Email: mitchellli@umkc.edu


Curriculum Vitae

Education

1991 Ph.D. Medieval History, Indiana University

1986 M.A. Medieval History, Indiana University

1979 B.A. Medieval Studies and Dance, Sarah Lawrence College

Current Project

Dr. Mitchell's work focuses on those pesky Normans who conquered so much of medieval Europe, especially those areas on the “fringes”—the British Isles, Sicily and southern Italy, Antioch and Cyprus during the Crusades. She is interested in several issues regarding Norman conquest and settlement: the ways in which Normans defined themselves as both the Other and as the New Paradigm in regions where they replaced indigenous hegemons; how Norman elite families operated as interlocking networks of alliance and affinity; how women in those families acted not only as conduits of land and alliances but also as persons of influence within the socio-political system of Norman administration. She has also been looking at the issue of gender in the Middle Ages: how it is not a binary distinction but rather a fluid and flexible construct. This is especially significant in areas of Norman conquest because the indigenous cultures modeled gender differently and the tension between conquered and conqueror influenced not only gendered categories of difference between the two populations, but also affected the ways they interacted, the status each enjoyed, and the ways they defined themselves.

Dr. Mitchell's most recent publications are a biography of the thirteenth-century Countess of Pembroke, Joan de Valence: The Life and Influence of a Thirteenth-Century Noblewoman (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and a sourcebook for medieval British and Irish history, Voices of Medieval England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2016). Articles are forthcoming on the household of Joan de Valence, for a collection edited by Theresa Earenfight (Brill), on Countess of Pembroke Isabella de Clare and her daughters (volume edited by Heather Tanner), on female absentee landlords in medieval Ireland (forthcoming in the journal Medieval Prosopography), and on Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and the political use of emotion (in volume prepared by members of the Gender and Medieval Studies Group). She is currently working on an extended monograph titled The Marshal Consanguinity: Kinship, Affinity, and the Creation of a Socio-Political Network, 1200-1400, which has been optioned by Brill. She also edits a journal of cultural, intellectual, and comparative history, Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques, which publishes articles on all historical eras, in both English and French.

Courses Taught

> ANCH 204  Women of the Ancient World

> HIST 311  Medieval England, 1066-1485

> HIST 411B  Medieval Civilization II

> HIST 412B  Medieval Women and Children

> WGS 301  Intro to Feminist Theory

> HIST 464  Medieval Prosopography and Methodologies

Topic Courses

Medieval Latin for Historians

Anglo-Saxon Engliand

The Crusades

Recent Publications

“Joan de Valence and Her Household: Domesticity, Management, and Organization in Transition from Wife to Widow,” in Elite and Royal Households in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Ed. Theresa Earenfight. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

Joan de Valence: The Life and Influence of a Thirteenth-Century Noblewoman. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Voices of Medieval England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2016.

“Joan de Valence: A Lady of Substance,” in Writing Medieval Women’s Lives. Ed. Amy Livingstone and Charlotte Goldy. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

“Gender(ed) Identities? Anglo-Norman Settlement, Irish-ness, and the Statutes of Kilkenny, 1180-1367.” Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques 37.2 (Summer 2011), Special Issue: “Gender, History, and Heritage,” edited by Elizabeth MacKnight.

Ties That Bind:  Essays in Medieval British History in Honor of Barbara A. Hanawalt. Co-editor and contributor. London: Ashgate Press, December 2010.

“Maud Marshal and Margaret Marshal:  Two Viragos Extraordinaire.”  [Author] In Ties That Bind:  Essays in Medieval British History in Honor of Barbara A. Hanawalt.

Family Life in the Middle Ages. Westport and London: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007.

Grants, Honors & Awards

2007 Alfred University NEH grant to conduct research in England and Wales

2005 Alfred University NEH grant to conduct research in Ireland

2004 Elected to Phi Alpha Theta

2004 Elected to Omicron Delta Kappa