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Hardman, Elizabeth

Liz Hardman (PhD, Fordham; BA, Reed) is a former Fulbright scholar who researches 15th c. notarial records and teaches pre-modern and modern history courses. Her publications delve into the socio-economic, religious, and legal history of later medieval Europe. Using her archival research on Latin manuscripts created by notaries who recorded their community’s ecclesiastical, familial, legal, and business affairs, she explores how people fought, expressed their gender identity, managed their varied contractual agreements, and resolved legal disputes. Her book, Conflicts, Confessions, and Contracts: Diocesan Justice in Fifteenth-Century Carpentras, was published in 2016. She has shifted from concentrating on justice in church courts to study women and Jews in southern France and the unexpected opportunities each group seized. She has presented papers at regional, national, and international academic conferences on her research and pedagogy. She also develops Open Educational Resources.​​

Ph.D. and M.A., Fordham University, 2010
B.A., Reed College, 1996

Recent Courses Taught:
HIS 10 History of the Modern World
HIS 11 Introduction to the Modern World
HIS 14 Medieval History

Research Interests:
Medieval; law; inter-religious interaction; gender; violence; debt; revolt

Honors, Awards, and Affiliations:
  • Stewart and BCC Travel Awards and Grants, 2012-2014
  • Faculty Fellowship Publications Program, 2013
  • Alumni Dissertation Fellowship, 2007
  • Fulbright Scholarship, IIE (France), 2004
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1996
  • Member of Columbia Faculty Seminar Work-group on Law and Politics, 2013-present

Select Publications:
  • Conflicts, Confessions, and Contracts: Diocesan Justice in Fifteenth-Century Carpentras. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers, 2016.
  • “Regulating Interpersonal Debt in the Bishop's Court of Carpentras: Litigation, Litigators, and the Court, 1486 and 1487.” Journal of Medieval History 40, no. 4 (2014): 478-98.

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