McIntosh, Marjorie Keniston 1940-
MCINTOSH, Marjorie Keniston 1940-
PERSONAL: Born November 15, 1940, in Ann Arbor, MI; daughter of Hayward (a professor) and Roberta (a librarian; maiden name, Cannell) Keniston; married J. Richard McIntosh (a professor), August 30, 1961; children: Robert, Elspeth, Craig. Education: Radcliffe College, A.B., 1962; Harvard University, M.A., 1963, Ph.D., 1967; attended the Institute of Historical Research, London, England, 1965–66.
ADDRESSES: Office—Department of History, University of Colorado, 234 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0234. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Simmons College, Boston, MA, instructor in history, 1968–70; University of Colorado, Boulder, assistant professor, 1979–86, associate professor, 1986–92, professor, 1992–2000, distinguished professor of history, 2000–. Visiting lecturer, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, East Africa, 2002–03. Member, President's Advisory Committee of Distinguished Professors, 2004–05.
MEMBER: Royal Historical Society (fellow).
AWARDS, HONORS: Harvard Graduate fellow, 1962–64; Frank Knox Memorial traveling fellow, 1965–66; Howard Foundation fellow, Brown University, 1976–77; National Endowment for the Humanities research fellow, 1983–84; Dean's Writing Prize, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1985, 1988; Arts and Humanities Writing Award, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1989; President's Award for outstanding service, University of Colorado, 1990; Essex Book Award, 1991, for A Community Transformed: The Manor and Liberty of Havering, 1500–1620; Robert L. Stearns Award for extraordinary achievement, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1995; Excellence in Teaching Award, Boulder Faculty Assembly, University of Colorado, 1995; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow, 1995–96; University of Colorado grants, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2004.
Controlling Misbehavior in England, 1370–1600, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1998.
Working Women in English Society, 1300–1620, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 2005.
Contributor to anthologies, including The Law and Social Change, edited by J. A. Guy, Royal Historical Society (London, England), 1984, Bodies and Disciplines: Intersections of History and Literature in Fifteenth-Century England, edited by Barbara Hanawait and David Wallace, University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis, MN), 1996, and The Locus of Care: Families, Communities, Institutions and the Provision of Welfare since Antiquity, edited by Peregrine Horden and Richard M. Smith, Routledge (London, England), 1998. Contributor of articles to scholarly journals, including Speculum, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Essex Archaeology and History, Economic History Review, Journal of Family History, Albion, Journal of British Studies, and Huntington Library Quarterly.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Women's Work and Domestic Virtue in Uganda, 1900–2003, with Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo.
SIDELIGHTS: Marjorie Keniston McIntosh's research interests include English social history and the role of women in Africa. In Autonomy and Community: The Royal Manor of Havering, 1200–1500, she provides "a traditional study of an unusual community," according to Judith M. Bennett, writing in the American Historical Review, in a work that "adds some new dimensions to our understanding of life in preindustrial England." McIntosh's work focuses on life in the royal estate of Havering, near London, over the course of three centuries. She traces changes in the economy, administration, and government of the community. Bennett found Autonomy and Community to be a "major work of importance to early modernists as well as medievalists."
With her 1991 work, A Community Transformed: The Manor and Liberty of Havering, 1500–1620, McIntosh furthers her examination of the royal estate of Havering, picking up the story in 1500, where it left off in the previous volume, and examining it in a time when its population doubled from 1,500 to 3,000 inhabitants. Though the scope of A Community Transformed is smaller than in the first volume—a little over a century as compared to three centuries—the "wealth of information" is enormous, according to William Hunt, writing in the Journal of Interdisciplinary History. For Hunt, "the sheer volume of quantitative research embodied in this book is staggering." Hunt concluded: "This is a superb monograph."
McIntosh writes of the same period in Controlling Misbehavior in England, 1370–1600. In this volume she uses local court records to explore the ever widening system of justice and social control throughout England over the course of two centuries. J.A. Sharpe, writing in the English Historical Review, felt McIntosh's "meticulous scholarship has provided a wealth of data on the regulation of a number of forms of misconduct," while David Zaret, reviewing the same work in the American Journal of Sociology, found it a "meticulous yet engaging piece of scholarship."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Historical Review, April, 1988, Judith M. Bennett, review of Autonomy and Community: The Royal Manor of Havering, 1200–1500, p. 400-401.
American Journal of Sociology, March, 1999, David Zaret, review of Controlling Misbehavior in England, 1370–1600, p. 1541.
English Historical Review, November, 1999, J.A. Sharpe, review of Controlling Misbehavior in England, 1370–1600, p. 1300.
Journal of Interdisciplinary History, summer, 1995, William Hunt, review of A Community Transformed: The Manor and Liberty of Havering, 1500–1620, p. 90.
Times Literary Supplement, February 27, 1987, review of Autonomy and Community, p. 219.
Cambridge University Press Web site, http://books.cambridge.org/ (April 17, 2003), synopsis of Controlling Misbehavior in England, 1370–1600.
Department of History, University of Colorado at Boulder Web site, http://www.colorado.edu/history/faculty/ (August 27, 2005), "Curriculum Vitae: Marjorie Keniston McIntosh."