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Judith MacKenzie Bennett is an American historian, Emerita Professor of History and John R. Hubbard Chair in British History at the University of Southern California. Bennett writes and teaches about medieval Europe, specifically focusing on gender,[1][2] women's history,[3] and rural peasants.[4][5]


Career and researchEdit

Bennett studied at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, before completing an MA and PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She was awarded her doctorate in 1981. She subsequently worked at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1981 to 2005, before moving to the University of Southern California.

She has published extensively on the history of late medieval England, particularly on the history of women and feminist approaches to medieval history. She has authored and edited nine books and over 30 articles and chapters on medieval women, women's work, and feminist history, as well as widely used medieval history text, Medieval Europe: A Short History (McGraw Hill).[6] In her influential 2006 book, History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism, Bennett argued for the importance of feminist approaches to history and the role of longue durée perspectives in understanding the 'patriarchal equilibrium' that has defined the history of women's experiences over multiple historical periods. This 'patriarchal equilibrium' is characterised by Bennett as a lack of transformation in women's status in comparison to that of men, despite changes over time.[7]

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  1. ^ Barbara Hanawalt; David Wallace (1 January 1996). Bodies and Disciplines: Intersections of Literature and History in Fifteenth-century England. U of Minnesota Press. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-0-8166-2714-1.
  2. ^ Kim M. Philips (28 June 2003). Medieval Maidens: Young Women and Gender in England, C.1270-c.1540. Manchester University Press. pp. 218–. ISBN 978-0-7190-5964-3.
  3. ^ Sara Margaret Butler (January 2007). The Language of Abuse: Marital Violence in Later Medieval England. BRILL. pp. 1–. ISBN 90-04-15634-8.
  4. ^ Liz Herbert McAvoy (2004). Authority and the Female Body in the Writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe. Boydell & Brewer. pp. 28–. ISBN 978-1-84384-008-4.
  5. ^ David Boaz (January 1997). Libertarianism: A Primer. Simon and Schuster. pp. 154–. ISBN 978-0-684-83198-5.
  6. ^ "Faculty Profile > USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences". Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  7. ^ Bennett, Judith M. (2006). History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism. University of Pennsylvania Press.

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