Dr. Whitney A.M. Leeson


Department: History
Office: 128 Bank Building





B.A. in Anthropology and History from the College of William & Mary
M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia.
Ph. D. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia

Research & Teaching Interests

Economic Anthropology
Historical Archaeology
Medieval France
Gift Exchange
Kinship and Marriage
New World Contact and Colonization

Scholarly Activities

Associate Book Review Editor for the Sixteenth Century Journal
Secretary for the Sixteenth Century Journal
Book Review Editor for the Coordinating Council of Women in History


Gardening, home improvement projects, and carting children to various school functions.

Recent Publications

“Rising Above the Injustice: An Abbess Secures Her Identity in Fifteenth-Century Avignon.” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 5, 2010, “Sex and the Early Modern Woman.”
“Rubies and Pearls: An Introduction to Forty Personal Reflections on the Discipline.” Written with Gary G. Gibbs and James M. Ogier. Sixteenth Century Journal, 40(1), 2009.
“Book Review Editing the Roanoke College Way: Internships and a Team-Centered Approach.” Sixteenth Century Journal, 40(1) 2009.
“Huron and Iroquois Mats.” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 4, 2009, “Early Modern Women and Material Culture.”

Courses Taught

Civilization II
Humanities I
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Archaeology
Historical Anthropology
Medieval France
The Annales School
History of Hawaii—Intensive Learning Travel Course
Post-Classic Maya—Intensive Learning Travel Course
Historical Archaeology—Intensive Learning Travel Course
Classic and Post-Classic Maya
The Black Death—First Year Seminar
The Jesuits in New France—Senior History Seminar
Contact in New France and Early Colonization—Senior History Seminar
The Carolingians
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
In Contact: Material Culture in New France
New Worlds
Medieval Material Culture: Knightly Things—Senior History Seminar
Things in Contact: From New France to Old Hawaii
Seven Deadly Sins—First Year Seminar
The Anthropology of Hawaii

Recent Conference Presentations

“Things in Contact.” May 14, 2012. “Sites of Contact” Roundtable, Tocqueville Seminars Conference, Richmond, VA
“Knights, Ladies, and Castles: How Children Learn about the Gender Roles of Medieval Men and Women.” March 23-24, 2012. Childhood Reconsidered: Representations of Children in the Humanities, 2012 Virginia Humanities Conference, Roanoke VA
“Jousting Knights and Tournament Ladies: Children’s Understanding of Reconfigured Gender Relations in the Modern Sport of Jousting.” May 10-13, 2012. 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI
“Teaching History Using Emerging Technologies: The Roanoke College iTouch Project.” January 6-9, 2011. 125th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Boston MA
“What’s In a Name? Diminutives, Nicknames, and Aliases in Fourteenth-Century Avignon.” Southeast Medieval Association, November 18-20, 2010, Roanoke VA
“An Ambiguous Woman and a Dangerous Wife: Unraveling the Marital Status of Francoyse des Achard in Sixteenth-Century Avignon.” October 14-17, 2010. Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Montreal Canada
“The Social Use of Names in Fourteenth-Century Avignon: Naming Practices and Strategies of Identification in the Terriers of Bishop Anglic Grimoard and the Repenties of Sainte Marie Magdeleine.” 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 13-16, 2010, Kalamazoo MI
“The Meaning of Mats in the Sixteenth-and Seventeenth-Century Eastern Woodlands.” October 20-31, 2009. Southeast World History Association, Roanoke VA