Professor Miri Rubin, Department of History, Queen Mary, University of London
Professor Miri Rubin

Professor Miri Rubin
Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History, Director of Graduate Studies

Location: Arts Two 3.08
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7882 8369


Miri Rubin discovered History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she studied for the Ba in History and competed an MA in Meideval History in 1980 with a dissertation on The Oriental Politics of Charles of Anjou. The desire to research the social and religious history of Europe led her to Cambridge, where under the supervision of Christopher Brooke she completed a PhD, Charity and Community in Medieval Cambridge, in 1984. She was awarded a Research Fellowship at Girton College later that year, and then a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in 1986. A Visiting Membership of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton followed this in 1988/89. During that year Miri Rubin was appointed as CUF Lecturer in Modern History at Oxford University and Fellow of Pembroke College there. In 1998 she was promoted to a Readership in Medieval History, and in 2000 was appointed to a Chair in Early Modern History at the Department of History at Queen Mary, University of London. Between 2002 and 2005 Miri Rubin held a Major Research Award from the Leverhulme Foundation. Between 2004 and 2007 she has served as a Councillor of the Royal Historical society and in 2007 she was elected as Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.

Miri enjoys intellectual collaboration and travelling the world in search of history and its makers. She is also involved in communicating understating of history to on academic publics, in writing and through appearance on TV and radio.

Research interests:

Miri Rubin's interests cover a wide range of social relations within the predominantly religious cultures of Europe between 1100-1600. She has found anthropological approaches and an understanding of textuality and visual imagery to be invaluable tools for the appreciation of the complex meanings of ritual, gender, power and community life.




Charity and community in medieval Cambridge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987).

Corpus Christi: the Eucharist in late Medieval Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991).

Gentile Tales: the Narrative Assault on Late Medieval Jews (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1999).

Mother of God: a History of the Virgin Mary (London: Alan Lane, and New Haven (CN): Yale University Press, 2009).

Edited Volumes

With David Abulafia and Michael Franklin, The Cit and the Church, Cambridge, CUP, 1992.

With Sarah Kay, Framing Medieval Bodies (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994).

The work of Jacques Le Goff and the challenges of medieval history (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1997).

with Laura Gowing and Michael Hunter, Love, friendship and faith in Europe 1300-1800, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2005.

European Religious Cultures: Essays Offered to Christopher Brooke on the Occasion of his Eightieth Birthday (London: Institute of Historical Research, 2008).

With Walter Simons The Cambridge History of Christianity. IV: 1100-1500 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Medieval Christianity in Practice (Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press, 2009).

With Kate Jansen Charisma and Religious Authority (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010).


Examples of research funding:

Miri Rubin has been awarded an AHRC Network Grant for the project 'Youth, Violence and Cult: the Case of William of Norwich and its Aftermath' which will support the historical investigation of a unique and momentous case: the birth in Norwich in 1144 of the ritual murder accusation against Jews and the related cult of a child martyr. The network will fosters collaboration between its members through an active Network Website, and in three meetings during the academic year 2009/10.

Undergraduate teaching:

Miri Rubin is keen on introducing undergraduates to medieval and early modern history. With Professor Kate Lowe she has devised a First Year course, Old Worlds, New Worlds: Europe 1400-1600, aimed at inducting students through thematic lectures and classes into the unfamiliar pre-modern European world, set when appropriate, within a global context.

Postgraduate teaching:

Professor Rubin is active in training PhD students towards independent research. Students who have worked with her hold prestigious postdoctoral positions and permanent jobs and are contributing innovatively to medieval studies.  She is one of the convenors of the lively European History 1150-1550 seminar at the Institute of Historical research in London. As Director of Graduate studies at the School of History at QM Miri Rubin is also involved more broadly in supporting and inspiring postrgraduate towards excellence in research and enjoyment of historical work. She frequently addresses groups of graduate students in the UK and abroad, and is always happy to meet and discuss shared interests with emergent scholars.

She also contributes to the Core Course of the School of History’s MA in History.

Professional activities and outreach:

Miri Rubin is deeply involved in the work of dissemination and in spreading historical insight into areas of public discussion. She thus writes for newspapers and magazines, participates in radio discussions and has taken part in films made for TV.