Elizabeth Ewan

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University Research Chair and Professor
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519 824-4120 ex. 56228
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Ph.D. Edinburgh University, 1985
B.A. Queen's University, 1979


University of Toronto (Associated Graduate Faculty) 2005-
University of Guelph, Department of History, 1988-Present
University of Victoria 1986-1988
University of Western Ontario 1985-1986


medieval and early modern Scotland
Scottish urban history
history of crime in medieval and early modern Scotland
Scottish women's history - 
Women in Scottish History Website www.womeninscottishhistory.org

 areas of research for graduate supervision
gender and crime in medieval and early modern Scotland
medieval British Isles
pre-1600 Scottish and English towns
medieval and early modern British women
Scotland to c. 1600

    current graduate students (2016-17)

Lisa Baer, "Women and Ambition in Sixteenth-Century Scotland", PhD 2016-

Devon Sherwood, "Scottish Queens in the Late Middle Ages", MA 2016-

Chelsea Hartlen, "Homicide in Late Medieval Scotland", PhD 2014-

Shayna Devlin, "The Family of the Duke of Albany", PhD 2014-

Mary Anne Gonzales, 'Beguines in Medieval Towns", PhD 2014-

Marian Toledo Candelaria, "Medieval Images of Malcolm Canmore," PhD 2013-

Alice Glaze, "Gender and Community in Seventeenth-Century Canongate," PhD 2012-  

Caitlin Holton, Masculinity in Medieval Scotland," PhD 2011- 

    recent graduates

Sierra Dye, "Women's Speech and the Witchhunt," PhD 2016 

Jessica Lees, "Masculinity and the Scottish Witchhunt" MA 2016

Paige Walker, "Women and the Scottish Reformation" MA 2016

Andrew Webb, 'Education and the Scottish Reformers' MA 2015

Sean Grant, "The Scottish Navy in the Late Middle Ages" MA 2014

Emily Compton, "Crime in Medieval London" MA 2014

Dan MacLeod (co-advisor), "Catholicism and the Reformation in Glasgow," PhD 2013 

Kate Zubzcyk, "Government and Society in Late Medieval Shetland," MA 2013

Heather Parker, "Marriage Contracts in Scotland 1450-1600," PhD 2012 

Alex Logue, "Gender and Space in Medieval London," MA 2011 

Janine van Vliet, "Border Families and Government in Early Modern Scotland," MA 2011 

Caitlin Holton, "Masculinity in Medieval Scotland," MA 2011 

Krsytle Borsa, "Women and Assault in Kirkcudbright c.1600-1650," MA 2011 


    books and edited works

co-edited with Lynn Abrams Nine Centuries of Man: Manhood and Masculinities in Scottish History Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017)

co-edited with J. Nugent Children and Youth in Premodern Scotland (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2015)

J.A. Campbell, E. Ewan and H. Parker, eds., The Shaping of Scottish Identities: Family, Nation, and the Worlds Beyond (Guelph: Centre for Scottish Studies, 2011).

Audrey-Beth Fitch, The Search for Salvation: Lay Faith in Scotland, 1480-1560, edited by Elizabeth Ewan (Edinburgh: Birlinn Press, 2009).

co-edited with J. Nugent, Finding the Family in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).

co-edited with S. Dunnigan, "Transformative Disorder: Scotland 1550-1650." A special issue of Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Reforme 30, no. 4 (2008).

co-edited with S. Innes. S Reynolds, and R. Pipes, The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006, 2007).

co-edited with Maureen Meikle, Women in Scotland c.1100-c.1750 (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 1999, 2000).http://dc.lib.uoguelph.ca/women-in-scotland/

Townlife in Fourteenth-Century Scotland (Edinburgh University Press, 1990, 1992).

    selected articles and book chapters

"Living in the Late Medieval Town of St Andrews" in Medieval St Andrews. Church,Cult, City eds M. Brown and K. Stevenson (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2017) 117-40.

"The School in the Towns" in The Edinburgh History of Education in Scotland ed R. Anderson et al (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015)

"Impatient Griseldas: Women and the Perpetration of Violence in Sixteenth-Century Glasgow," Florilegium 28 (2013 for 2011): 149-68.

"The Family in Early Modern Scotland," in The Oxford Companion to Modern Scottish History, T. M. Devine and J, Wormald, ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

"'Hamperit in ane hony came': Sights, Sounds and Smells in the Medieval Town," in A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland, 1000 to 1600, E.J. Cowan and L. Henderson, ed. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011), 109-44.

"Disorderly Damsels? Women and Interpersonal Violence in Pre-Reformation Scotland," Scottish Historical Review 89, no. 2 (October 2010): 153-71.

"A New Trumpet? The History of Women in Scotland 1300-1700," History Compass 7, no. 2 (March, 2009), 431-46.

"'Tongue You Lied': The Role of the Tongue in Rituals of Public Penance in Late Medieval Scotland," in The Hands of the Tongue: Essays on Deviant Speech, edited by E.D. Craun. (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2007), 115-36.

"Late Medieval Scotland: A Study in Contrasts," in Companion to Medieval Scottish Poetry, P. Bawcutt and J. Hadley Williams, ed. (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2006), 19-33.

"'To the Longer Liver': Provisions for the Dissolution of the Marital Economy in Scotland 1470-1550," in The Marital Economy in Scandinavia and Britain 1400-1900, edited by M. Agren and A.L. Erickson (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005), 191-206.

"Mistresses of Themselves? Female Domestic Servants and By-Employments in Sixteenth-Century Scottish Towns," In Domestic Service and the Formation of European Identity, edited by A. Fauve-Chamoux (Bern: Peter Lang, 2004), 411-33.

"The Dangers of Manly Women: Late Medieval Perceptions of Female Heroism in the Second War of independence," in Woman and the Feminine in Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Literature, C. Dunnigan et al, ed. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), 3-18

"Alison Rough: A Woman's Life and Death in Sixteenth-century Edinburgh," Women's History Magazine 45 (2003): 4-13.

"'Divers Injurious Words': Defamation and Gender in Late Medieval Scotland," in History, Literature and Music in Medieval Scotland, edited by R.A. McDonald (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), 63-86.

"Crime or Culture? Women and Daily Life in Late Medieval Scotland," in Twisted Sisters: Women, Crime and Deviance in Scotland Since 1400, edited by Y. Brown and R. Ferguson (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2002), 117-36.

co-authored with S. Rigby, "Government, Power and Authority 1300-1540," in The Cambridge Urban History of Britain 600-1450, edited by D. Palliser (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

"Mons Meg and Merchant Meg: Women in Later Medieval Edinburgh," in Freedom and Authority: Scotland c. 1050- c. 1650, edited by D. Ditchburn and T. Brotherstone (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2000), 131-42.

"Women's History in Scotland: Towards an Agenda," Innes Review 46 (Autumn 1995): 155-64.

"Scottish Portias: Women in the Courts in Mediaeval Scottish Towns," in Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 3 (1992): 27-43.

"The Community of the Burgh in the Fourteenth Century," in The Scottish Medieval Town, M. Lynch et al, ed. (Edinburgh: John Donald Press, 1988), 32-45.

"Age of Bon-Accord: Aberdeen in the Fourteenth Century," in New Light on Medieval Aberdeen, edited by J. Smith (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1985).


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
    "Masculinities in Scotland c.1400-c1650," 2010-2014
Scouloudi Trust, "Search for Salvation," 2009
Scottish Government, "The Scottish Diaspora Forum" (co-investigator), 2009 
Strathmartine Trust, "Search for Salvation," 2008 
SSHRC, "Interpersonal Violence in Scotland," 2004-2008
Strathmartine Trust, "Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women" (co-investigator), 2003-2004 
Scottish Executive, "The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women" (co-investigator), 2003 
SSHRC, "Defamation in Scotland," 2000-2004
Heritage Ministry, "Scots and Aboriginal Culture" (Co-investigator), 1996 
SSHRC, "Integration of Women's History and Urban History in Scotland," 1992-1995
SSHRC, "Women in Scotland," 1988-1990
SSHRC, "Women in Scotland," 1987-1988
SHRCC, "Scottish Towns in the Fifteenth Century," 1986-1987


Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, 2016
Visiting Fellow, St Andrews University, 2014
Honorary Patron, History Scotland, 2009
Visiting Scholar, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 2008
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 2007
Distinguished Professor Award, University of Guelph, 2005
Distinguished Teaching Award, Faculty Association, University of Guelph, 2003
Distinguished Professor Award, University of Guelph, 2003
College of Arts Teaching Award, University of Guelph, 2002
Distinguished Professor Award, University of Guelph, 2001
Royal Historical Society, David Berry Prize for Essay in Scottish History, 1999
Visiting Fellow, International Social SciencesInstitute, University of Edinburgh, 1998
Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge, 1993-1994
Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 1990
Jeremiah Dalziel Prize in British History, 1983