The Phi Beta Kappa Society awarded Dr. E. M. Rose its Ralph Waldo Emerson prize for her book The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe (Oxford University Press, 2015) at a gala dinner in Washington, D.C. in December. The Emerson Award honors scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity, including works in the fields of history, philosophy and religion as well as the social sciences. The book was held out as “a model of thoroughgoing historical scholarship presented to a general audience and should be studied by scholars who wish to bring the humanities to the public square.”
Dr. Rose is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Program in Medieval Studies at Harvard. She earned her Ph.D. at Princeton in History in 2001. She will be presenting a talk called "The Pirate, the Planter, and the Purveyor: Three Models of Colonial Investment" at the Davis Seminar in March.