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Janice Liedl

Janice Liedl

Full Professor

A-206, Arts Building Sudbury Campus


My scholarship literally spans centuries: from science fiction and fantasy media culture, through conventional history of sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth century England. The classes that I teach touch on 5500 years of history from the Ancient Near East to modern Europe, with particular focus on early modern England. Consistent throughout is an interest in gender, texts and world-building, whether it involves eighteenth-century London paupers or the women of the Star Wars galaxy.


  • B.A. in European History, Purdue University, 1985
  • M.A. in History, University of Toronto, 1986
  • Ph.D. in History, University of Toronto, 1991

Academic Appointments

Core Faculty, History M.A.,

On The Web


I research in two related streams: history and popular culture as well as the history of women in early modern England. Currently working with the records of the Old Bailey, London's chief criminal court, early books, archival sources and other civic history sources to document the lives and stories of London women and family in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Witchcraft, a crime closely connected to women, along with other historical themes such as politics and nobility, figure into studies involving popular culture series such as Star Wars, The Hobbit, Harry Potter and Twilight


  • British Academy Exchange
  • Huntington Library/NACBS Dissertation Fellowship
  • Waltmann Award, Purdue University


Spring 2021

HIST 3476EL Crime & Punishment in England, 1500-1900 (Directed Readings)

Fall 2021

HIST 1206EL Western Civilization, Renaissance to French Revolution

HIST 3606EL Reformation & Counter-Reformation

HIST 4516EL Early Medieval Chronicles (ANCS elective)

Winter 2022

HIST 2546EL Early Medieval Europe (ANCS elective)

HIST 3966EL Selected Topics: London News in Print & on Stage