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Kathy Stuart

Kathy Stuart

Associate Professor

Davis , Ca 95616
Office Phone: (530) 341-3338


Research Interests

Early modern Germany; social and cultural history; crime, deviance, and marginality; microhistory; history of daily life; history of gender

Selected Publications

“Suicide by Proxy: The Unintended Consequences of Public Executions in Eighteenth-Century Germany,” Central European History, 41 (2008), 413-445. 

“Pozornaia shuba, ili Neprednamerennye effekty sotsial’nogo distsiplinirovaniia,” in M. M. Krom, G. Al’gazi, D. Sabean, eds. Istoriia i antropologiia: Mezhdistsiplinarnye issledovaniia poslednikh let. St. Petersburg: Aletheia, 2007. (Russian Translation of Chapter 5, Defiled Trades) 

Defiled Trades and Social Outcasts: Honor and Ritual Pollution in Early Modern Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2000). Winner Hans Rosenberg Biennial Book Prize, 2001. German translation: Unehrliche Berufe. Status und Stigma in der frühen Neuzeit am Beispiel Augsburgs (Augsburg: Wißner Verlag, 2008). 

"Dishonore, Contaminazione e guistizia criminale ad Augusta nella prima eta moderna,” Quaderni Storici, 99 (1998), 677-706. 

“Melancholy Murderers: Suicide by Proxy and the Insanity Defense,” in Ideas and Cultural Margins: Essays in Honor of H.C. Erik Midelfort, edited by Robin Barnes and Marjorie Plummer (Aldershot, Hambleton: Ashgate, 2009).

Course History

Lecture Classes: European History during the Renaissance and Reformation (131B); The Old Regime: Absolutism, Enlightenment and Revolution (131C); Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe (132).

Seminars: Satan or a Disordered Spleen? The Experience of Madness in Early Modern Europe; Problematic Passions: History of the Emotions in Early Modern Europe; The Dead and the Undead, 1348-1800; Body, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Modern Europe.

I teach and annual summer abroad program: "Vienna, At the Crossroads of Central Europe." Visit the program web page at to lean more about the program.