University of Pittsburgh


Janelle Greenberg

PhD, University of Michigan (1970)

University of Pittsburgh
Department of History
3532 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



Early Modern Britain
Medieval and Early Modern Law and Political Thought
Western Europe
European Family History



Medieval Law and Government
English Origins of American Law
History of the European Family
Women and the Law
Graduate Seminar on Teaching
From Communities to Kingdoms: The Growth of the European State c. 800 to c. 1800

Selected Publications

The Radical Face of the Ancient Constitution: St. Edward’s “Laws” in Early Modern Political Thought (Cambridge, 2001; PB 2006); Subjects and Sovereigns: The Grand Controversy over Legal Sovereignty in Stuart England (Cambridge, 1981; PB 2002), with Corinne C. Weston;

“`There is Scarce a Pamphlet That doth Not Triumph in Bracton’: The Role of De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae in Stuart Political Thought,” History of Political Thought, vol. XXXIII, 2012, with Michael Sechler; “Constitutionalism Ancient and Early Modern: The Contributions of Roman Law, Canon Law, and English Common Law,” Cardozo Law Journal (in press), with Michael Sechler; “`St. Edward’s Ghost’: The Cult of St. Edward and His Laws in English History,” in Felix Liebermann and Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen, ed. Stefan Juranski, Lisi Oliver and Andrew Rabin (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010); “`Our Grand maxim of State: The King Can Do No Wrong,’” History of Political Thought, Vol. XII, 1991.


National Endowment of the Humanities Grant (1999)
American Philosophical Society Grant (1989)
Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (1989)


Greenberg is presently writing a history of British political and legal thought from 1640-1660.