At Stanford Since
Laura Stokes completed her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in 2006. Her first book, Demons of Urban Reform, examines the origins of witchcraft prosecution in fifteenth-century Europe against the backdrop of a general rise in the prosecution of crime and other measures of social control. In the process she has investigated the relationship between witchcraft and sodomy persecutions as well as the interplay between the unregulated development of judicial torture and innovations within witchcraft prosecution.
Her current research is an examination of quotidian economic culture during the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. This project, under the working title A Social History of Greed in the Age of the Reformation, is based largely on the examination of court depositions from the city of Basel. Its first fruit will be a microhistory on The Murder of Uly Mörnach, currently in process.
- Usury and greed
- Economic culture
- Gender and social history
- Witches and witch hunting
- History of sexuality
- Criminal law
- Utopian thought
- “Greed between the Lines: Social Criticism in Court Depositions from Basel” delivered at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Montréal, October 2010.
- “Witchcraft Accusations and the Social Criticism of Greed” delivered at the German Studies Association in Oakland, October 2010.
- “Indigenous Manifestations of Evil and the Epistemology of Witchcraft” delivered at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, March 2009.
- “The Witches’ Devil: Outlaws, Wolves and the Saturation of the Ordinary with the Supernatural” delivered at the Devil in Premodern Society conference in Toronto, October 2008
- “Hagel und Hexen: The meaning of weather magic in the formation of witch stereotypes on the upper Rhine” invited lecture at the University of Minnesota, October 2008
- “Hagel und Hexen: The meaning of weather magic in the formation of witch stereotypes on the upper Rhine” delivered at the Boundaries of Witchcraft conference at Oxford University, March 2008
Demons of Urban Reform: The Rise of Witchcraft Prosecution, 1430-1530 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
- “Mit dem Teufel im Bund.” In Epoc. Das Magazin für Archäologie und Geschichte. (05/2010)
- “Experiments in Pain: Reason and the Development of Judicial Torture” in Ideas and Cultural Margins in Early Modern Germany: Essays in Honor of H. C. Erik Midelfort, Ashgate, 2009.
- Review article: “Prelude: Early witch-hunting in Germany and Switzerland.” In Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 4:1 (Summer, 2009): 54-61
- Translator of Johannes Dillinger 'Böse Leute': A comparative study of witch hunts in Swabian Austria and the Electorate of Trier University of Virginia Press (2009)