professor and chair of the department
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 1984
Fields of Interest
Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England; material culture
Professor Fleming teaches courses on late Roman and early medieval history, the Vikings, ancient and medieval historical writing, and material culture. She has written on the political history of Viking, Anglo-Saxon, and Anglo-Norman England; early medieval material culture and osteoarchaeology; historical writing in the early Middle Ages; English law before the Common Law; Domesday Book; and nineteenth-century medievalism. She is currently investigating Britain in the century before and after Rome’s fall, attempting to determine how Roman ways of life, identity, burial, and status marking changed once the Roman economy collapsed and connections to the wider Roman world began to unravel. She has received grants or fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Harvard Society of Fellows; the Bunting Institute; the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies at Harvard University; and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Royal Historical Society, and the London Society of Antiquaries.
In 2006 she received the first annual Boston College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Mentoring Award. She is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow.
For a complete list of Professor Fleming’s publications and vita, see: http://bc.academia.edu/RobinFleming.
- Recycling in Britain after the Fall of Rome’s Metal Economy,” Past and Present, 217 (2012), 3–45.
- Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise c. 400 to 1070 (Penguin, 2010).
- "Elites, Boats and Foreigners: Rethinking the Rebirth of English Towns,” in Città e campagna prima del mille, Atti delle Settimane di Studio, 56 (2009), 393-425.
- “Writing Biography on the Edge of History,” American Historical Review, 114 (2009), 606-14.
- "Acquiring, Displaying, and Destroying Silk in Late Anglo-Saxon England," Early Medieval Europe, 15 (2007), 127-58.
- “Bones for Historians: Putting the Body Back in Biography,” in Writing Medieval Biography: Essays in Honour of Frank Barlow, ed. David Bates (Woodbridge, 2006), 29-48.
- “MacDomesday Book” (co-authored with Andrew Lowerre), Past and Present, 184 (2004), 209-32.
- “Lords and Labour,” in The Short Oxford History of the British Isles, vol. 3: Britain and Ireland in the Ninth through Eleventh Centuries, ed. Wendy Davies (Oxford, 2003), 107-38.
- Domesday Book and the Law: Society, and Legal Custom in Early Medieval England (Cambridge, 1998)
- “Christ Church Canterbury's Anglo-Norman Cartulary,” in Anglo-Norman Political Culture (1997), 83-155.
- “Picturesque History and the Medieval in Nineteenth-Century America,” American Historical Review (1995), 1061-64.
- Kings and Lords in Conquest England (Cambridge, 1991)