Judith Bennett

Professor Emerita of History and John R. Hubbard Chair in British History Emerita

Center, Institute & Lab Affiliations

  • EMSI: Early Modern Studies Institute,
  • IBIS: Institute for British and Irish Studies,


Judith Bennett writes on medieval history, feminist history, and the history of women in late medieval England specifically.  For web access to her publications, click on the link above.


  • Ph.D. Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 1981
  • Licentiate History, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1978
  • M.A. Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 1974
  • A.B. History, Mount Holyoke College, 1973
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Assistant Professor to Martha Nell Hardy Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1981 – 2005
  • Book

    • Bennett, Judith M. and Ruth Mazo Karras (Ed.). (2013). Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Bennett, J. M. (2010). Medieval Europe: A Short History (11th edition: McGraw-Hill, 2011).
    • Bennett, J. M. (2006). History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
    • Bennett, J. M. (2000). Medieval Women in Modern Perspective (American Historical Association pamphlet, 2000).
    • Bennett, J. M. (1999). Singlewomen in the European Past, 1250-1800, coedited with Amy Froide (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999).
    • Bennett, J. M. (1998). A Medieval Life: Cecilia Penifader of Brigstock, c. 1297-1344 (McGraw-Hill, 1998).
    • Bennett, J. M. (1996). Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women’s Work in a Changing World, 1300 to 1600. (Oxford University Press, 1996).
    • Bennett, J. M. (1989). Sisters and Workers in The Middle Ages, coedited with Elizabeth A. Clark, et al. (University of Chicago Press, 1989).
    • Bennett, J. M. (1987). Women in the Medieval English Countryside: Gender and Household in Brigstock before the Plague (Oxford University Press, 1987).
    • Article Prize, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, 2012
    • Huntington Library Research Fellowship Recipient, R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow, 2007-2008
    • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, , 2005-2006
    • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, , 2005-2006
    • Fellow, Medieval Academy of America, 2002
    • Otto Grundler Prize in Medieval Studies (for Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England), 1998
    • Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship, 1997
    • Fellow, Royal Historical Society, 1996
    • National Humanities Center Fellowship, 1993-1994
    • Walter D. Love Prize in British Studies (for “Conviviality and Charity in Medieval and Early Modern England”)., 1992
    • Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1989-1990