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Alan Cooper

Alan Cooper

Associate Professor of History
History, 323 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-7159

Degree

MA, University of Edinburgh, 1990; AM (1992), PhD (1998),  Harvard University

Teaching Experience

At Colgate since 2001; before then I was a lecturer on history and literature, Harvard University, 1998-2001, and visiting lecturer in history, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2001; in fall 2005, I spent a semester as a visiting assistant professor at Harvard.

Specialties

Medieval European history: I teach a variety of courses including introductory courses on medieval Europe and on the Crusades, as well as an introductory course on modern Britain; 300-level courses on medieval Italy and on late medieval England; and a seminar.  I also teach Core Western Traditions.  I've led the London History Study Group many times, most recently in spring 2018.

Interests

Medieval European history, especially England in the 11th and 12th centuries; the intersection of legal and cultural history; power and oppression

Publications

i) In Progress: William Longbeard's Long Beard: Crusading Rhetoric, the Apocalypse and the Politics of the Poor in Medieval England. ii) In Print: Bridges, Law and Power in Medieval England, 700-1400 (Boydell and Brewer, 2006)

"Introduction" (co-authored with Robert Berkhofer and Adam Kosto) in The Experience of Power in Medieval Europe, 950-1350, ed. Robert Berkhofer, Alan Cooper and Adam Kosto (Ashgate, 2005), pp. 1-7 (more information here).

"Protestations of Ignorance in Domesday Book" in Experience of Power, ed. Berkhofer, Cooper and Kosto, pp. 169-81.

"The Rise and Fall of the Anglo-Saxon Law of the Highway," Haskins Society Journal 12 (2002), 39-69 (Bethell Prize Winner).

"Extraordinary Privilege: The Trial of Penenden Heath and the Domesday Inquest," English Historical Review 116 (2001), 1167-92.

"'The Feet of those that bark shall be cut off': Timorous Historians and the Personality of Henry I," Anglo-Norman Studies 23 (2000), 47-67.

"The King's Four Highways: Legal Fiction meets Fictional Law," Journal of Medieval History 26 (2000), 351-70. Reviews in Speculum and Medieval Review (online journal).

Dissertation

"Obligation and Jurisdiction: Roads and Bridges in Medieval England (c. 700–1300)" (Harvard University, 1998).

Distinctions

Winner of Denis Bethell Prize 2001