Laura Stokes

Laura Stokes

Associate Professor of History
Affiliated faculty at The Europe Center

450 Serra Mall, Building 200
Stanford CA 94305-2024

Research Interests

Usury and greed, economic culture, gender and social history, witches and witch hunting, history of sexuality, criminal law, and Utopian thought.

Bio

Laura Stokes completed her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in 2006. Her first book, Demons of Urban Reform, examines the origins of witchcraft prosecution in fifteenth-century Europe against the backdrop of a general rise in the prosecution of crime and other measures of social control. In the process she has investigated the relationship between witchcraft and sodomy persecutions as well as the interplay between the unregulated development of judicial torture and innovations within witchcraft prosecution.

Her current research is an examination of quotidian economic culture during the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. This project, under the working title A Social History of Greed in the Age of the Reformation, is based largely on the examination of court depositions from the city of Basel. Its first fruit will be a microhistory on The Murder of Uly Mörnach, currently in process.

Stanford Affiliations

History