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Martha Nell Hardy Professor Emerita


MA University of Toronto, 1973
Licentiate, Political Institute of Medieval Studies, 1978
PhD University of Toronto, 1981

Research Interests

Judith Bennett works on the history of women in late medieval England, publishing extensively on peasant women, women’s work, and never-married women. She has written about medieval history generally, including a biography of one medieval woman and a textbook on the European Middle Ages. And she also writes about feminist history, especially in her History Matters (2006), an extended commentary on current practices in women’s and gender history. For more about Professor Bennett’s publications and research, go here: For her textbook on medieval history, go to:

After retiring from UNC-CH in 2005, Professor Bennett took up a position at the the University of Southern California, from which she is, as of 2014, John R. Hubbard Chair in British History Emerita.