Assistant Professor of Medieval History: Shami Ghosh

March 30, 2016 by Rachel Lott

The CMS community is happy to welcome Shami Ghosh as our newest faculty member, appointed as Assistant Professor of Medieval History in a position shared jointly by CMS (75%) and the Department of History (25%). After receiving his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2009, Shami Ghosh held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Leicester (2009–10), Magdalen College, Oxford (2010–13), and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, as a Mellon Fellow (2014–15). He is currently a Research Fellow at the PIMS, holding a SSHRC Insight Grant (2015–17) to fund his research into late medieval German economic history.

A remarkably productive scholar of extraordinary range, Dr. Ghosh has already published two monographs (Kings’ Sagas and Norwegian History, Brill, 2011; Writing the Barbarian Past, Brill, 2015) and nine refereed articles. His first monograph demonstrates his mastery of Scandinavian historiography and the related literature of the sagas; his second monograph demonstrates his mastery of the early medieval history of Europe.

His current research promises to reshape the field of late medieval economic history, enlarging the conventional focus of that field on English and Netherlandish economies to include a comparative exploration of medieval Germany. In addition, Dr. Ghosh’s work includes a comparative South Asian dimension that brings the study of medieval Europe into dialogue with other regions of the world, and expands the reach of the discipline of Medieval Studies.