Curriculum Vitae

Cynthia B. Herrup

202 Carr Building
Durham, NC 27708


PhDNorthwestern University1982
MALoyola University1975
BSJNorthwestern University1972
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

William Kenneth Boyd Chair in History, Duke University, May 2003-
Professional Service

Departmental Officer
Director of Graduate Studies, 7/2003-12/2004  
Associate Chair, 7/99-7/03  
Departmental Committee
Chair, Graduate Committee, 7/99-7/03  
Carnegie Initiative Core Group, 1 May 2003  
Graduate Committee, 1 July 1999  
Executive Committee, 1 July 1999  
Promotion Committee, Laura Edwards, December 2004  
Tenure Committee for Edward Balleisen, May-November 2003  
Search Committee, Department Chair, 2002-03  
University Committee
Executive Committee, Graduate School, 1 July 2003  
Board of Advisors, John Hope Franklin Institute, 1 July 2003  
Executive Committee, Medieval and Renaissance Studies program, 1 July 1997  
Search Committee [as above], 0000  
President's Committe to Review the Provost, September-December 2002  
Co-Director, John Hope Franklin Institute for the Humanities Seminar, 2001-02  
Mellon Minority Fellowship Selection Committee, January-July 2001  
Mentor, Mellon Minority Fellowship Committee, 2000-1998  
Service to the Profession
President, North American Conference on British Studies, 10/03-  
editorial board, History Compass, 1 July 2003  
editorial board, Journal of Cultural and Social History, 1 July 2003  
Viisting Committee, Harvard University History Department, 1 July 2003  
Editorial Advisory Board, Duke University Press, 1 July 2002  
Editorial Board, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 1 July 1998  
Editorial Board, Huntington Library Quarterly, 1 July 1997  
American Society for Legal History, Publication Committee, December 2004  
Network for early european research, Australia Research Council, December 2004  
Committee on Committees, American Historical Association, 2000-02  
fellowship committee, American Council of Learned Sociieties, 2001-02  
Associate Editor, New Dictionary of National Biography, 1997-2002  
Outside tenure and promotion reviews, December 2004  
Outside reviews and evaluations, 2002-03  
Selected Recent Invited Talks

'Constituting mercy', University of Sussex Faculty Seminar, May 2003  
Alan Bray and 'The Friend', Birkbeck College, London, September 2003  
Chair and Commentator, 'Vagrant Bodies', Anglo-American Conference, London, July, 2003  
The mercy of the people, North American Conference on British Studies, Toronto CA, Nov 2001  
Comus: Occasions and Ideologies, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, March 2001  
Mercy and Kingship in Shakespeare's England, Henry E. Huntington Library, Pasadena CA, Feb 2001  
Dangerous Mercies, North American Conference on British Studies, Pasadena CA, October 2000  
Legalisms, Shakespeare Association of America seminar, Montreal, CA, April 2000  
Doctoral Theses Directed

Jacob W. Selwood,, (May 2003)  
Philippe Rosenberg, (Asst. Prof, Emory Univ.)  



  1. "When Mercy Seasons Justice": Pardons and Culture in Early Modern England (forthcoming, 2007) (under contract to Cambridge University Press.)
  2. A House in Gross Disorder: Sex, Law and the 2nd Earl of Castlehaven (1999), Oxford University Press (ppb, 2001; Notable Trials book club edition, 2001.)

Papers Published

  1. The punishing pardon: some thoughts on the origins of penal transportation, in Penal practice and culture 1500-1900: punishing the English, edited by Simon Devereux and Paul Griffiths (2004), pp. 121-138, Macmillan
  2. Mervin Touchet, 2nd Earl of Castlehaven, in New Dictionary of National Biography (2004)
  3. Review: Lorna Hutson and Victoria Kahn, eds., Rhetoric and law in early modern Europe, Comparative Literature Studies, vol. 40 no. 3 (2003), pp. 337-340
  4. Re-reading politics, Shakespeare Studies, vol. 31 (2003), pp. 288-95
  5. Negotiating Grace, in Politics, Religion and Popularity: Essays for Conrad Russell, edited by Tom Cogswell, Richard Cust and Peter Lake (2002), pp. 124-140, Cambridge
  6. Finding the Bodies, GLQ, vol. 5 no. 3 (1999), pp. 255-65

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