Rowan Dorin

Rowan Dorin

Assistant Professor of History

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History 200-122

Assistant Professor

Department of History


Rowan Dorin is a historian of western Europe and the Mediterranean, primarily during the high and late Middle Ages. His research focuses on the interaction of law and society, especially where legal norms conflict with social practices. Another strand of his research explores the history of economic life and economic thought, especially medieval debates over usury and moneylending. He has also written on the circulation of goods, people, and ideas in the medieval Mediterranean. His current book project uses the banishment of Jewish and Christian moneylenders as a lens for exploring the origins of mass expulsion in late medieval Europe.  


Selected Publications

“‘Once the Jews have been Expelled’: Intent and Interpretation in Late Medieval Canon Law,” Law and History Review 34/2 (2016), 335-362.

“Canon law and the problem of expulsion: The origins and interpretation of Usurarum voraginem (VI 5.5.1),” Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte 130, Kanonistische Abteilung 99 (2013), 129-161.

“Les activités économiques des familles vénitiennes dans l’Adriatique (XIIe et XIIIe siècles),” in Les réseaux familiaux: antiquité tardive et moyen âge. In memoriam A. Laiou et É. Patlagean, ed. Béatrice Caseau (Paris: ACHCByz, 2012), 325-332.

“Adriatic Trade Networks in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries,” in Trade and Markets in Byzantium, ed. Cécile Morrisson (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 2012), 235-279.

“The Mystery of the Marble Man and his Hat: A Reconsideration of the Bari Episcopal Throne,” Florilegium 25 (2008), 1-24.