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Marie Kelleher, Ph.D.

Dr. Kelleher has taught courses in medieval history at CSULB since 2003. Her areas of interest in teaching and research include medieval Spain and the Mediterranean world, gender, and medieval law. She has been the recipient of numerous national grants and fellowships, and her book The Measure of Woman: Law and Female Identity in the Crown of Aragon was awarded the American Historical Association’s 2012 “Premio del Rey” for best book in early Iberian history. Her students have gone on to graduate programs at the University of Southern California, Fordham University, Cardiff University (Wales), and the University of Toronto.

Professor Kelleher was raised in Portland, Oregon and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. In her free moments she can often be found taking pictures, riding her bicycle, or drinking utterly ridiculous amounts of coffee.


The Measure of Woman: Law and Female Identity in the Crown of Aragon.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010. Winner of the American Historical Association’s 2012 Premio del Rey.

In progress: “The Hungry City: Food, Famine, and a Year in the Life of Medieval Barcelona”

Articles and Essays:

“Later Medieval Law in Community Context.” The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe, Judith Bennett and Ruth Mazo Karras, eds., 133-47.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Hers by Right: Gendered Legal Assumptions and Women’s Property in the Medieval Crown of Aragon.” Journal of Women’s History 22:2 (2010): 34-55.

“Law and the Maiden: Inquisitio, Fama, and the Testimony of Children in Medieval Catalonia.”  Viator 37 (2006): 351-367.

“‘Like Man and Wife’: Clerics’ Concubines in the Diocese of Barcelona.”  Journal of Medieval History 28 (2002): 349-60.

Courses Taught:
  • Early Medieval Europe (500-1050)
  • Later Medieval Europe (1050-1500)
  • Early Modern Europe (1450-1789)
  • Early Western Civilization
  • The Mediterranean World
  • Crusades
  • Women in the Ancient and Medieval West
  • Historical Methods
  • Historiography of the Middle Ages (graduate)
  • Medieval Women and Gender (graduate)


Ph.D. University of Kansas

Contact Information
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Office: FO2-120
California State University, Long Beach
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Long Beach, CA 90840-1601