New Mentorship Program

Thanks to the generous support of Wallace Johnson and the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, I am delighted to announce a new program designed to provide support and mentorship to early career scholars working towards the publication of their first book on the law and legal culture of the early middle ages. In conversation with peers and with the advice of senior scholars, participants will develop and revise book proposals and sample chapters, and they will meet with guest editors to learn about approaching and working with publishers.

The program has been developed specifically to aid untenured scholars or those in non-tenurable positions (including adjuncts and full-time term faculty) and is not limited to a specific discipline or methodology. For the purposes of this program, “law” is broadly defined and need not be limited to legislation, legal documentation, or specific forms of legal process. Although applicants’ research must concern law, they need not self-identify as legal scholars.

As the Johnson Program is intended to cast a wide net, please do forward this announcement to other ListServs and pass it along to anyone who might be interested. More information, especially concerning application procedures and the 2019 selection committee, can be found at If you have any questions, please do feel free to contact Andrew Rabin ( or Jana Schulman (

At a time when the field of medieval studies is seeking new ways to support younger scholars, the program offers a wonderful opportunity to aid those at the beginning of their careers, advance research on early medieval law and legal culture, and to develop connections across disciplines.

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