Daniel Lord Smail
Ph.D. University of Michigan
Daniel Lord Smail works on the history and anthropology of Mediterranean societies between 1100 and 1600 and on deep human history. In medieval European history, his work has explored the social and cultural history of the cities of Mediterranean Europe, with a focus on Marseille in the later Middle Ages. He has covered subjects ranging from women and Jews to legal history and spatial imagination, which was the subject of his first book, Imaginary Cartographies: Possession and Identity in Late Medieval Marseille (1999). His recently published book, Legal Plunder: Households and Debt Collection in Late Medieval Europe (Harvard University Press, 2016), approaches transformations in the material culture of the later Middle Ages using household inventories and inventories of debt collection from Lucca and Marseille. With several colleagues, he is currently directing a digital humanities project, The Documentary Archaeology of Late Medieval Europe, and is also director (with Sean Gilsdorf) of a forthcoming digital humanities resource for K-12 teachers, Medieval Object Lessons.