Abigail Dowling

Ph.D.,  University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014Abby Dowling
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara 2009
Langdale Hall 306

Research interests

Garden and landscape history, natural resource management, environmental history, gender, archaeology, Medieval Europe, Late Antiquity, digital history


HIS 110 Essentials of Western Civilization
HIS 301 Ancient History: the Near East and Greece
HIS 302 Ancient History: Rome
HIS 310 The Middle Ages
HIS 491 The “Fall” of Rome and the “Birth” of Europe

I study the multifarious economic, environmental, cultural, military, and political uses of land and natural resources in the late Middle Ages. I have strong related interests in ancient and medieval archaeology, historical and political ecology, public health vis-à-vis the structure of space, and digital history (GIS).
My current project pertains to the role of gender and landscape in political dissent within the late medieval “feudal” system in France. I am also revising my book-length study on natural resource management at the park at Hesdin under Countess Mahaut (1302-29) and in the early stages of researching a piece on integrating geospatial data into an analysis of resource exploitation and use in the county of Artois.