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Shami Ghosh

Assistant Professor

Office Location:  Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2053


Shami works across a number of fields in medieval studies, with a focus on Germanic-speaking Europe. Much of his past research has been on medieval historiography and economic history, and he is also broadly interested in social history and the history of everyday life. His first book, Kings' Sagas and Norwegian History (2011), was a study of vernacular and Latin historical writing in Iceland and Norway in the 12th and 13th centuries; his second book, Writing the Barbarian Past (2015), analysed the presentation of the pre-Christian, non-Roman past in a number of Latin and vernacular narratives from the 6th to the 10th century. He has also published articles in Crusades, Agricultural History Review, Journal of Early Modern History, Journal of Agrarian Change, and Modern Asian Studies, among other journals, and over 30 reviews and review essays. His major project at the  moment is a study of the commercialisation of rural society in late-medieval southern Germany, and is currently funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.  Born in India, Shami studied at King's College London (UK), Harvard University, and the University of Toronto, where he received his MA (2005) and PhD (2009) from the Centre for Medieval Studies. Before returning to U of T, Shami held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Leicester (UK), a Junior Research Fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto.


  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, University of Toronto
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