Chair, University Research Professor
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
- Early modern British history
- Law and crime
- Gender and women's history
- BA (Dalhousie)
- MA (Dalhousie)
- PhD (Queen's)
- with Tim Stretton, Marriage, Separation and Divorce in England, 1500-1700, Oxford University Press, 2022.
- with Natalie Mears, Star Chamber Matters: An Early Modern Court and its Records. University of London Press, 2021.
- Making Murder Public: Homicide in Early Modern England. Oxford University Press, 2019.
- (ed.) Star Chamber Reports: Harley MS 2143. List and Index Society, National Archives, Kew, 2018.
- with Sara M. Butler, Crossing Borders: Boundaries and Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Britain. Essays in Honours of Cynthia J. Neville (Brill, 2018).
- The Trial of Charles I (The Broadview Sources Series.) Broadview Press, 2016.
- (ed.) with Tim Stretton, ed.Married Women and the Law: Coverture in England and the Common Law World. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.
- The Northern Rebellion of 1569: Faith, Politics, and Protest in Elizabethan England. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
- Mercy and Authority in the Tudor State. Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Recent Articles & Essays:
- "The Case of Catherine Dammartin: Friends, Fellows, and the Survival of Celibacy in England's Protestant Universities," Renaissance and Reformation, 44.1 (2021), 87-108.
- "Law, Status, and the Lash: Judicial Whipping in Early Modern England," Journal of British Studies, 60.3 (2021), 511-33.
- "Consent and Coercion, Force and Fraud: Marriages in Star Chamber," Star Chamber Matters: An Early Modern Court and its Records, ed. K.J. Kesselring and Natalie Mears. University of London Press, 2021. Pp 97-114.
- "Marks of Division: Cross-Border Remand after 1603 and the Case of Lord Sanquhar," Crossing Borders: Boundaries and Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Britain. Essays in Honour of Cynthia J. Neville, ed. Sara M. Butler and K. J. Kesselring. Brill, 2018. Pp. 258-79.
- "No Greater Provocation? Adultery and the Mitigation of Murder in English Law," Law and History Review, 34.1 (2016), 199-225.
- "'Murder's Crimson Badge': Homicide in the Age of Shakespeare," Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespear. ed. Malcolm Smuts. Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. 543-58.
- “Bodies of Evidence: Sex and Murder (or Gender and Homicide) in Early Modern England,” Gender & History, 27.2 (2015), 245-62.
- “Coverture and Criminal Forfeiture,” Female Transgression in Early Modern Britain, ed. Richard Hillman and Pauline Ruberry-Blanc. Ashgate, 2014. Pp. 191-212.
- “License to Kill: Assassination and the Politics of Murder in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England,” Canadian Journal of History, 48 (2013), 421-40.
- “’Negroes of the Crown’: The Management of Slaves Forfeited by Grenadian Rebels, 1796-1831,”Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 22 (2011), 1-29.
- “Gender, the Hat, and Quaker Universalism in the Wake of the English Revolution,” The Seventeenth Century 26.2 (2011), 299-322.
- “Felony Forfeiture and the Profits of Crime in Early Modern England,” The Historical Journal 53.2 (2010), 271-88.
- “Felons’ Effects and the Effects of Felony in Nineteenth-Century England,” Law and History Review 28.1 (2010), 111-39.
Posts to www.legalhistorymiscellany.com, a collaborative academic blog co-edited with Sara M. Butler and Katherine D. Watson.
HIST 1020/1022, Europe: Before the French Revolution
HIST 4106: Topics in Early Modern British History [2022/23 topic: London].
HIST 2135: The Rule of Law? Topics in British Legal History
Fall 2023 Office Hours:
- Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30
- Fridays, 12:00 -1:30
- Please email for other appointment times or to meet online