Sherri Olson


Ph.D., Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Areas of Specialty

Medieval European social history, rural society

Current Research Interests

Village government and society; popular culture; monks, nuns and peasants, 12th-15th centuries.


Medieval Studies

Co-Director, Medieval Studies Program, University of Connecticut, 2009-2014

Community/University Outreach

History Department Undergraduate Director, 2009 – 2014
Faculty Organizer, Annual Medieval Studies/Early College Experience Secondary Schools Outreach, 1998 – present

Selected Publications

Daily Life in a Medieval Monastery. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood/ABC-CLIO, 2013.

“Women’s Place and Women’s Space in the Medieval Village,” in Rural Space in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times, ed. Albrecht Classen (Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 2012): 209-225.

A Mute Gospel: The People and Culture of the Medieval English Common Fields.  Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2009.

“Rural Local Records” in Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia, ed. Margaret Schaus.  New York and London: Routledge, 2006:  699-701.

A Chronicle of All That Happens: Voices from the Village Court in Medieval England. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1996.

“’Families Have Their Fate and Periods’:  Varieties of Family Experience in the Pre-Industrial  Village,” in The Salt of Common Life:  Individuality and Choice in the Medieval Town, Countryside and Church.  Essays Presented to J. Ambrose Raftis, edited by Edwin B. DeWindt. Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University (1995): 409-448.

“Family Linkages and the Structure of the Local Elite in the Medieval and Early Modern Village,” Medieval Prosopography 13:2 (Autumn 1992): 53-82.

“Jurors of the Village Court: Local Leadership Before and After the Plague in Ellington, Huntingdonshire,” Journal of British Studies 30 (July 1991): 237-256.

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Contact Information
Mailing Address241 Glenbrook Rd, U-4103, Storrs CT 06269
Office LocationWood Hall, Rm 229
CampusCampus: Storrs
Office HoursSpring 2024: M 2:30-4pm and by appointment
LinkMedieval Studies Minor plan of study