Virtual MAA / AHA Session

Event Title: Why did Medieval Europe Expel its Jews?

Schedule: Friday, January 8, 10:00-11:30am (Pacific time)

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Host: Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University, in conjunction with Virtual AHA

Co-Sponsor: Medieval Academy of America; Central European History Society; Society for French Historical Studies

Social Media: #VirtualAHA;

Brief Description:

From the thirteenth century onward, the Jewish communities of medieval western Europe faced repeated threats of expulsion. In this webinar, three scholars will draw on their recent research to consider the causes and contexts of these expulsions, focusing in particular on developments in England, France, and Germany between 1200-1500. The three short presentations (of roughly 15 minutes each) will be followed by a roundtable discussion and audience Q&A.


Robert C. Stacey, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences & Professor of History, University of Washington


E.M. Rose, Research Associate, History Department, Harvard University
“Edward and the Eleanors: Royal Piety & the Expulsion of the Jews from England (1290)”

Rowan Dorin, Assistant Professor, History Department, Stanford University
“Doing Unto Others: A Comparative Approach to Medieval Expulsions of Jews”

Kerice Doten-Snitker, Junior Research in Sociology, Carlos III-Juan March Institute and Department of Social Sciences, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
“How Toleration Ended: The Political Processes of Expulsion in Medieval German Jewish Communities, 1000-1520”

Participant Biographies:

Robert Stacey is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at the University of Washington in Seattle.  A graduate of Williams College (1975) and Oxford University (1977), he received his PhD from Yale University in 1983, where he taught for five years before moving to UW.  He is the author of four books:  Politics, Policy, and Finance under Henry III (Oxford, 1987); Receipt and Issue Rolls, 26 Henry III (Pipe Roll Society, 1992); and two textbooks.  He has also written several dozen scholarly articles dealing with the history of the Jewish community in medieval England

E.M. Rose is a historian of medieval and early modern England. She received her PhD in History from Princeton University in 2001, and also holds degrees from Columbia, Oxford, and Yale. Her recent monograph, The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe (Oxford, 2015), was awarded both the American Society for Church History’s Albert C. Outler Prize, given annually for the best monograph in ecumenical church history, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize, for “a scholarly study that contributes significantly to interpretation of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.”

Rowan Dorin is a historian of western Europe and the Mediterranean, primarily during the high and late Middle Ages. After earning his PhD from Harvard University in 2015, he spent two years at the Harvard Society of Fellows before joining the Stanford History Department. Aside from his forthcoming book (Conflicts of Interest: Jews, Christian Moneylenders, and the Rise of Mass Expulsion in Medieval Europe), he has also published articles on canon law, Mediterranean trade networks, the production and use of medieval manuscripts, and the history of Christian-Jewish relations.

Kerice Doten-Snitker is a historical sociologist. Her research investigates the structural and processual roots of inequality and group-based exclusion. Presently, she is working on projects about medieval politics and ethnoreligious groups and about access and equity in higher education. She brings a unique historical perspective to sociological debates about ethnic cleavages, political mobilization, and macro-level change in social policy.

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