• James Masschaele
  • James Masschaele
  • Professor of History; and Executive Vice Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • Additional Degree(s): B.A., University of Western Ontario
  • Rutgers : At Rutgers Since 1991
  • Specialty: Medieval Britain: Socio-Economic and Legal History
  • Office: 216 Van Dyck Hall
  • Phone: 848-932-8229


My general area of research interest is the social, economic, and legal history of medieval England. I am interested in the history of markets and trade, the nature of peasant society, and relations between central government and local communities.  Currently, I am working on a book that explores the history and memory of peasant revolts in England in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.



  • 510:209 Emergence of Medieval Europe
  • 510:211 Harvest of the Middle Ages
  • 510:338 England in the Middle Ages
  • 510:441 Seminar: Social History of Medieval England
  • 510:329 Medieval Culture


  • 510:593 Problems and Directed Readings in Medieval History


  • Jury, State, and Society in Medieval England (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
  • Peasants, Merchants, and Markets: Inland Trade in Medieval England, c.1150-c.1350 (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997).
  • “The English Economy in the Era of Magna Carta,” in Janet Loengard, ed., Magna Carta and the World of King John (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming 2010).
  • “Town, Country, and Law: Royal Courts and Regional Mobility in Medieval England, c.1200-c.1400,” in Richard Goddard, John Langdon, and Miriam Müller, eds., Survival and Discord in Medieval Society: Essays in Honour of Christopher Dyer (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Press, forthcoming 2010), pp. 129-46.
  • "Economic Takeoff and the Rise of Markets," in Carol Lansing and Edward D. English, eds., A Companion to the Medieval World (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2009), pp. 89-110.


  • 2004 Faculty of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award.
  • 1997-1998 Rutgers University Board of Trustees Award for Scholarly Excellence.


  • AHA
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Pipe Roll Society
  • Selden Society
  • North American British Studies Association