Joe Leedom

Joe Leedom

Professor Leedom misspent his youth in southern California and Wyoming. He graduated magna cum laude in history from the University of Wyoming and attended graduate school at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has taught at the University of Maryland, the University of California, Davis, and Hollins.

He has supplemented his education with NEH seminars on law, literature, and the history of science. He has also attended several seminars at the National Humanities Center on subjects ranging from the sources of Christian history to global capitalism to immigration law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ancient history, particularly Roman history
  • Medieval history, especially England and France
  • Legal history
  • Economic history
  • Quantitative history

Courses Taught

  • Roman History
  • Medieval History
  • Early Christianity
  • Tudor Stuart History


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara (Ancient and medieval history)
  • B.A., University of Wyoming (Magna cum laude in history and philosophy)

Publications & Articles

  • Medieval Europe, A Short Sourcebook (with Warren Hollister, et al.)
  • Laws, Gods, and Heroes (with H.A. Drake)


  • Lecture for the Virginia Classics Association on Early Christian Martyr narratives (2017)

Research Interests

  • Norman history
  • Legal history
  • Early Christianity and Late Antiquity