Spotlight on Justine Firnhaber-Baker

Justine FBJustine Firnhaber-Baker is a lecturer in medieval continental history specializing in France from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries. She came to St Andrews in 2010 following a stint as a post-doctoral research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. She holds Ph.D. and Masters degrees from Harvard University and a B.A. from Wellesley College.

Dr Firnhaber-Baker’s research interests are mainly focused on political and legal history. Her first book, Violence and the State in Languedoc, 1250-1400, will be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2014. Based primarily on archival research, the book looks at the wars that local powers, such as lords and towns, fought against one another in Languedoc in order to discuss larger questions about the rise of the royalist state in France. In addition to this book, Dr Firnhaber-Baker has published articles in journals that include Past & Present, The Journal of Medieval History, and French History.

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With the art historian Meredith Cohen, she has co-edited a volume of essays entitled Difference and Identity in Francia and Medieval France (Ashgate, 2010) that demonstrates the multiplicity of ways that difference could function in medieval society. She is currently working on a book-length study of the Jacquerie revolt of 1358, which will be the first monograph to appear on the subject since the nineteenth century, and she is organizing a workshop on medieval revolt in April at St Andrews.

At St Andrews, Dr Firnhaber-Baker teaches the honours options ME3425 ‘The Age of Revolt, 1250–1450’, ME3426 ‘Women and Gender in the Later Middle Ages’, and the special subject ME4815 ‘France from Philip Augustus to Philip the Fair’.

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In 2012 Dr Firnhaber-Baker met up with her special subject students in Paris, where they spent several days visiting the Sainte-Chapelle, the Louvre, the basilica of Saint-Denis, and other places important to later Capetian France. She regularly supervises directed reading modules for MLitt students on topics ranging from the Albigensian Crusade to the patronage of Jean de Berry. She is currently jointly supervising (with Frances Andrews) a doctoral student researching the comparative history of hospitals in Narbonne and Sienna.

You can find out more about Dr Firnhaber-Baker via her School of History staff page or her profile on

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With over forty fulltime members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to South Asia. Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching, allowing for in-depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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