● Women, Wealth, and Community in Perpignan c.1250-1300: Christians, Jews, and Enslaved Muslims in a Medieval Mediterranean Town, (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2006), shortlisted for the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship Book Prize (2008).
Articles and Book Chapters
● “The Enslaved Wet Nurse as Nanny: The Transition from Free to Slave Labor in Childcare in Barcelona after the Black Death (1348),” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies 38:2 (2017): 303-319, DOI: 10.1080/0144039X.2017.1316969.
● “Jews In and Out of Latin Legal Culture: Hebrew Notations and Latin Notaries in Thirteenth-Century Perpignan and Barcelona,” in Entangled Histories: Knowledge, Authority, and Jewish Culture in the Thirteenth Century, ed., Elisheva Baumgarten, Ruth Mazo Karras and Katelyn Mesler (U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) 113-133.
● “Jews, Slave-Holding, and Gender in the Crown of Aragon circa 1250-1492,” Cautivas y esclavas: el tráfico humano en el Mediterráneo ed., Aurelia Martín Casares and María Cristina Delaigue Séris (Granada: University of Granada, 2016) 43-60.
● “The Mother and the Dida [Nanny]: Female Employers and Wet Nurses in Fourteenth-Century Barcelona” in Medieval and Renaissance Lactations: Images, Rhetorics, Practices, edited by Jutta Sperling (Ashgate, 2013), pp. 55-78.
● “Agents or Pawns? The Experiences of the Peasant Women of Roussillon in the Bla nquet Family Parchments, 1291-1345” in (Charlotte Newman Goldy and Amy Livingstone eds.) Writing Medieval Women's Lives (Palgrave, 2012), pp.173-192.
● «Allaitement, esclavage et salut de l’âme dans la Couronne d’Aragon et le royaume de Majorque » Études Roussillonnaises, Revue d’Histoire et d’Archéologie Méditerranéennes, tome XXV: « Femmes dans l’espace nord-méditerranéen », expected 2012.
● “Marriage, the Family and the Family Business: Links between the Jews of Medieval Perpignan and Girona,” for the conference proceedings publication of the Institut d'Estudis Nahmanides International Conference in Girona, Spain, “Times and Places of Jewish Girona,” on March 24, 2009, (Girona, 2011), pp. 239-252.
● “Living, Breathing Jewish People and Augustine's Jews in the Head” contribution to round-table on Paula Fredriksen's Augustine and the Jews in Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, Equinox Publishing, Fall 2009, pp. 215-221.
● “Conscripting the breast: lactation, slavery and salvation in the realms of Aragon and kingdom of Majorca, c. 1250¿1300,” Journal of Medieval History, vol. 34, issue 2, June 2008, pp.164-184. Feminae Article of the Month for October 2008 and Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship article of the year.
● Elka Klein, In Memoriam, Sole author of “Introduction,” (pp.1-13). Co-author of one review essay “Hebrew Deeds of Catalan Jews,” in Elka Klein, In Memoriam, with co-editor Elisheva Baumgarten (pp. 255-262).
● “La femme, la richesse et la communauté: femmes chrétiennes, juives et musulmanes à Perpignan au XIIIe siècle,” Annales du Midi (July/September, 2006), pp. 459-463.
● “Elite Ideal or Popular Practice? Widowed mothers as guardians for the children of artisan families,” Proceedings, Seventeenth Congress for the history of the Crown of Aragon, Barcelona, Spain, September 7-12 2000, (2003), pp. 475-482.
● “Family, Community, and Motherhood: Caring for Fatherless Children in the Jewish Community of Thirteenth-Century Perpignan,” Jewish History 16.1 (April, 2002), pp.15-48.
● “Defining Rape in Medieval Perpignan: Women Plaintiffs Before the Law,” Viator 31 (September, 2000), pp. 165-183.
● “Widows as Guardians” and “Jewish Women” for Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: an Encycyclopedia, ed., Margaret Schaus, Tom Izbicki, and Susan Mosher Stuard, (London: Routledge, 2006).
Work in Progress
● Milk of Human Kindness: Mothers and Childcare in the Medieval Crown of Aragon and Kingdom of Majorca, c. 1200-1400.
Medieval, Premodern World, Women and Gender Studies, Jewish History
· Villanova University Travel Grant (Summer 2017)
· Hadassah–Brandeis Institute Research Award (2015)
· Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Maurice Amado Foundation Fellowship (2012-2013)
· Dean of Arts and Sciences Villanova Faculty Grant (2011)
· Villanova University Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, the RSG and SRF Summer Research Grants (2011)
· Maurice Amado Faculty Grant Awarded out of UCLA (2010)
· Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society (2007)
· Veritas Summer Research Award Villanova University (2005)
· Book Subvention, Program for Cultural Cooperation Between the Spanish Ministry of Education and United States Universities (2002)
· Matching Travel Grant, Program for Cultural Cooperation Between the Spanish Ministry of Education and United States Universities (1997)
· Villanova University Office of Research and Special Programs, R.S.G. Summer Grant (1997)
· AAUW—American Association of University Women—Dissertation Fellowship (1995-1996)
· UCLA Luckman Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award (1995-96)
· Western Association of Women Historians' Graduate Student Award (1995-96)
Honors and Awards
· Folger Institute Coloquium, Folger Shakespeare Library, “Vernacular Health and Healing,” (2006-2007); NEH—National Endowment for the Humanities—Seminar, “The Seven Deadly Sins as Cultural Constructions in the Middle Ages,” Darwin College, Cambridge University (Summer 2006).
Recent Conference Papers
● “Wet nursing among Jews in Perpignan 1413: A lens on community and gender relations,” presented at 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, Israel, August 7, 2017.
● “Dressing the Medieval Jewish Wet Nurse,” at “Visual and Material in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Studies: An International Workshop” held at the Institut für Jüdische Studien at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (University of Munster), Germany, July 14, 2017.
● “Breastmilk and Community: Gender Boundaries and Wet Nursing Practices among Muslims in Al Andalus and Jews, Christians and Conversos in Medieval Spain,” “Jewish Women’s Cultural Capital Under Islam,” An International Workshop at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 12, 2017.
● “Wet nurses, Gender, and Judaism in Medieval Spain and Southern France and the Scholarship of Judith Baskin,” given at “Alterity and its Alternatives: A Conference on Gender and Judaism in Honor of Judith Baskin” held at the University of Oregon at Eugene, May 23-24, 2017.
● “Jews, Slave-Holding, and Gender in the Crown of Aragon in the Later Middle Ages,” Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, March 30, 2017.
● Association for Jewish Studies Annual Meeting, “Marriage and the Medieval Jewish Wet Nurse,” AJS, Boston, MA, International, Academic (December 11, 2013).
● Association for Jewish Studies Annual Meeting, “Jewish Wet Nurses and Their Employers in Later Fourteenth-Century Barcelona,” AJS, Chicago, IL, International, Academic. (December 12, 2012). Recent Invited Lectures (Scholarly).
● “Jews, Slave-Holding, and Gender in the Crown of Aragon c. 1250-1492,” 29 October 2015, University of Granada, delivered at the international symposium Enslaved Women in the Western Mediterranean, supported by a grant from the Spanish government on, “Slavery and Rescue: Human Trafficking and Insecurity in the Western Mediterranean.”
● The Enslaved Wet Nurse as Nanny: The transition from free to slave labor in late medieval Mediterranean Spain,” 8 April 2015, Newcastle University, UK, delivered at the international symposium Pregnancy, Childbearing and Infant Care: Historical Perspectives from Slave and Non-Slave Societies sponsored by a UK International Research Collaboration Award as part of “The Mothering Slaves Network,” under direction of Diana Paton of University of Newcastle and Emily West of University of Reading and Helena Machado, U. of San Paolo, Brazil.
● “Roundtable on State of the Field of Medieval Studies,” University of Pennsylvania, September 15, 2014.
● “Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Everyday Life in Medieval Europe: Lessons for Today?” Theology Institute, Villanova (Thursday, March 13, 2014).
● “Revisiting the ‘Conscripted Breast’ from a Jewish Point of View,” 6 November 2013, University of Nantes, France, delivered at the international symposium Family Bonding and Sexual Practices in Multi-Confessional Societies: What judicial consequences? RELMIN reseach project funded by the EEC.
● “Motherhood and Wet Nursing among Elite Christians and Jews in Late Medieval Barcelona,” 27 June 2013, University of Geneva, Switzerland, delivered at the international symposium from Wet Nurses to Milk Banks: Commerce, gift exchange and symbolic exchanges concerning maternal breast milk substitutes. This research group has been awarded a major, multi-year grant from the Swiss government to set up a center on the topic of the history of breastfeeding in the West.
● Ruth Meltzer Seminar, “Wet Nurse or Mother's Milk? Ideals and Realities of Childrearing among Christians and Jews in the Medieval Realms of Aragon,” “Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, U. Penn., 420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, International, Academic (November 7, 2012).
● Katz Center Shadow Seminar, “Thirteenth-Century Jewish Women in Notarial Culture,” Katz Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Regional, Academic. (October 2012).
● Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, Fifth Annual Spring Roundtable, "Women and Gender in Medieval Studies," CUNY graduate Center, New York, NY, Regional, Academic (April 27, 2012).
● Co-editor with Federica Francesconi (College of Idaho/SUNY Albany) of Jewish Women in Historical Perspective under contract at Wayne State Press.
● Monograph: Milk of Human Kindness: Wet Nursing, Religion and Motherhood in the Medieval Crown of Aragon.
· Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations in High Medieval Iberia, Gender, Mothers and Children
· Fall17-ACS-1000-GL4 Ancients
· Fall17-HIS-1165-002 TOP: The Black Death
· Fall17-HIS-3995-001 TOP: Robin Hood
Area of Expertise
· Medieval History
· Women and Families
· Christian, Jewish and Muslim Relations
· Slavery Studies