Bobbi Sutherland

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Bobbi Sutherland

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty

Profile

Dr. Sutherland is an assistant professor in the Department of History, specializing in medieval history. In addition to HST 103, she teaches courses in Medieval Europe and the history of food. Her research centers on the Menagier de Paris, a late medieval text written by a man for his 15-year-old wife. The work includes a wide range of material, including everything for stories to a cookbook, making it a great source for social-historical research. Dr. Sutherland has presented and published on the author’s approach to cuisine, his use of the Bible as a layman, and the way the work relates to the period following the Black Death. Her primary current project is a book examining the Menagier as a statement of bourgeois identity as it relates to the culture of conservation and change in the wake of the Black Death.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Medieval Studies, Yale University, 2009
  • M.A. Medieval Studies, Yale University, 2005
  • B.A. Calvin College, 2003

Research Interests

  • Social, economic, and cultural history of the Middle Ages
  • History of cuisine and food culture
  • Memory and change in post-Black Death Europe

Selected Publications & Presentations

Articles

"How the Goodman Read His Bible." The Journal of the Bible and Its Reception 2.1 (2015):25-50.

"The Menagier's Odd Shopping List." Medieval Perspectives 27 (2012): 183-192.

Presentations

"Aristocratic Tradition and New Social Reality." 5th International Medieval Meeting Lleida, Lleida, Spain, June 25-26 2015.

"The Menagier de Paris: A Product of the Black Death." Midwest Medieval History Conference, River Forest, IL, October 17, 2014.

"The Menagier's Odd Shopping List." 37th South Eastern Medieval Association, “Voices of (the) People,” Decatur Georgia, October 14, 2011.