Cynthia B. Herrup
  • Cynthia B. Herrup

  • Professor Emeritus
  • History
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Description

    I am interested in the relationship between law (particularly criminal law) and culture. In general, I try to elucidate the ways in which legal forms and social force are in constant dialogue. My particular focus is on England in the seventeenth century. My first book was a study of how communities without lawyers make legal decisions; my second a study of a notorious trial as the focus of an exploration of law's reaction to tensions between genders and generations; my new project investigates the cultural meaning of pardons and mercy. I am also interested in the history of sexuality and in the history of the early modern Atlantic world.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Northwestern University,
      • 1982
      • MA,
      • Loyola University,
      • 1975
      • BSJ,
      • Northwestern University,
      • 1972
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • William Kenneth Boyd Chair in History,
      • Duke University,
      • May 2003-
  • Recent Publications

      • "The punishing pardon: some thoughts on the origins of penal transportation."
      • Penal practice and culture 1500-1900: punishing the English.
      • Ed. Simon Devereux and Paul Griffiths.
      • Macmillan,
      • 2004.
      • 121-138.
      • "Mervin Touchet, 2nd Earl of Castlehaven."
      • New Dictionary of National Biography.
      • 2004.
      • "Review: Lorna Hutson and Victoria Kahn, eds., Rhetoric and law in early modern Europe."
      • Comparative Literature Studies
      • 40
      • .3
      • (2003)
      • :
      • 337-340.
      • "When Mercy Seasons Justice": Pardons and Culture in Early Modern England.
      • forthcoming, 2007.
      • (under contract to Cambridge University Press).
      • "Re-reading politics."
      • Shakespeare Studies
      • 31
      • (2003)
      • :
      • 288-95.
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  • PhD Students

    • Christina Ramos
    • Joanna Kuchinski
      • December 11, 2004 - present
    • Jacob W. Selwood,
      • May 2003
      • Status: Graduated
    • Philippe Rosenberg
      • Asst. Prof, Emory Univ.
      • Status: Graduated
    • Colleen Seguin
      • Assoc Prof, Valparaiso
    • Amy Froide
      • Asst. Prof, UMBC
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