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Lindsey McNellis



  • B.A. History, University of Central Florida, 2003
  • M.A. European History, University of Central Florida, 2007
  • Certificate in University Teaching, Higher Education/Higher Education Administration, West Virginia University, 2018
  • Ph.D. History, West Virginia University

Teaching Fields

  • Late medieval/early modern Europe
  • Legal history, gender, violence, England

Courses Offered

  • HIST 101: Western Civilizations
  • HIST 102: Western Civilizations II
  • HIST 179: World History I
  • HIST 203: Introduction to Medieval Europe

Research Interests

My Master’s thesis focused on sexual violence in the Middle Ages, specifically in England.  I examined cases of rape brought before local courts and assessed motivations behind the charges and desired outcomes of the cases.  Using these criteria, I then reconstructed concepts of successful rape prosecutions from the perspective of the medieval accuser.

For my dissertation, I examine concepts of injury and violence as represented by plaintiffs and defendants in fifteenth-century civil litigation filed with the Court of Common Pleas in England.  I am interested in understanding not only how violence and injury were understood, but also in how gender, class, and occupation affected people’s suits and experiences within the Court of Common Pleas. 

Awards and Fellowships

 Schallek Fellowship recipient, 2018-2019