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Comenius Hall

Sandy Bardsley


Office: Comenius Hall 303
Phone: 610-861-1398


  • B.A., University of Otago (New Zealand)
  • M.A. & Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Teaching: I teach courses on medieval history, English history, the history of popular culture, and women's history.  I also teach Introduction to Women's Studies, plus seminars on peasant history and the history of disease.

Current Research: I am currently interested in the ways in which archaeological remains provide us with data about women's and men's health in late medieval England.  I have published on sex ratios, attitudes towards women's speech, women's wages, and women's status in the middle ages.

Selected Publications


  • Women's Roles in the Middle Ages (Greenwood Press, 2007)
  • Venomous Tongues: Speech and Gender in Late Medieval England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006)

Articles and Chapters:

  • "Education and Work: Multiple Tasks and Lowly Status." A Cultural History of Women in the Middle Ages, edited by Kim Phillips. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.
  • “Men’s Voices in Late Medieval England.”  In The Hands of the Tongue:  Essays on Deviant Speech, edited by Edwin D. Craun.  Kalamazoo:  Medieval Institute Publications, 2007.
  • “Sin, Speech, and Scolding in Late Medieval England.”  In Fama:  The Politics of Talk and Reputation in Medieval Europe, edited by Thelma Fenster and Daniel L. Smail. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003.
  • “Debate – Women’s Work Reconsidered:  Gender and Wage Differentiation in Late Medieval England – Reply.”  Past and Present 173 (November 2001), 199-202.
  • “Women’s Work Reconsidered:  Gender and Wage Differentiation in Late Medieval England.”  Past and Present 165 (November 1999), 3-29.