Judith M. Bennett teaches medieval history and women's history at the University of Southern California . Before moving to Los Angeles , she taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was Martha Nell Hardy Distinguished Professor. Educated at Mount Holyoke College , the University of Toronto , and the Pontiﬁcal Institute of Mediaeval Studies, she is the author of numerous books and articles about peasants, women, and families in the Middle Ages. Professor Bennett's research has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center , the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, and numerous other agencies. She has held lectureships in Australia and England , as well as in the United States . A Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and the Royal Historical Society in London , she has served as an officer in such professional organizations as the Medieval Academy , the North American Conference on British Studies, the Coordinating Council for Women in History, and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. Professor Bennett has received several awards for her scholarly books and articles, and she is also an award-winning teacher.