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Rowan Dorin

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Rowan Dorin

Assistant Professor of History
Medieval Europe
Ph.D.: Harvard University
M.Phil.: University of Cambridge
B.A.: Harvard University

I am a historian of western Europe and the Mediterranean, primarily during the high and late Middle Ages. Much of my research tries to understand how law and society interact with each other, especially where legal norms conflict with social practices. Another strand of my research explores the history of economic life and economic thought, especially medieval debates over usury and moneylending. I have also written on the circulation of goods, people, and ideas in the medieval Mediterranean.

My current book project uses the banishment of Jewish and Christian moneylenders as a lens for exploring the origins of mass expulsion in late medieval Europe.  A second ongoing project examines the ways in which medieval canon law was adapted, reinterpreted, or resisted in local contexts in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries; its progress is being tracked here.

Born and raised in western Canada, I did my undergraduate and doctoral work at Harvard University, earning an MPhil in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge along the way. Before coming to Stanford, I was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. To find out more about me, check out this Q&A in the Stanford Daily!

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Selected Publications

“Les maîtres parisiens et les Juifs (fin XIIIe siècle): Perspectives nouvelles sur un dossier d’avis concernant le regimen judaeorum.” Journal des Savants 2016:2 (2016), 97-138.

“‘Once the Jews have been Expelled’: Intent and Interpretation in Late Medieval Canon Law,” Law and History Review 34/2 (2016), 335-362.

“Canon law and the problem of expulsion: The origins and interpretation of Usurarum voraginem (VI 5.5.1),” Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte 130, Kanonistische Abteilung 99 (2013), 129-161.

“Les activités économiques des familles vénitiennes dans l’Adriatique (XIIe et XIIIe siècles),” in Les réseaux familiaux: antiquité tardive et moyen âge. In memoriam A. Laiou et É. Patlagean, ed. Béatrice Caseau (Paris: ACHCByz, 2012), 325-332.

“Adriatic Trade Networks in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries,” in Trade and Markets in Byzantium, ed. Cécile Morrisson (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 2012), 235-279.

“The Mystery of the Marble Man and his Hat: A Reconsideration of the Bari Episcopal Throne,” Florilegium 25 (2008), 1-24.