Professor of History
PhD, MA, UCLA; MA, BA, California State University, Sacramento; AA, American River
Dr. Turner works on the history of medieval mental health and intellectual disabilities
in particular and in disability studies and the history of medicine more broadly.
She is currently working on a monograph about the medieval understanding of the mind
and an edited volume on trauma in the Middle Ages. Her research interests also include
the intersection between medieval law and medicine, alchemy, prejudice, and women
of power. Dr. Turner enjoys teaching courses on all of these topics as well as on
medieval warfare, castles, monsters, early religion, and gender.
- HIST 1111: Pre-Modern World Civilization
- HIST 3001: Historical Research Methods
- HIST 3010: Premodern Europe
- HIST 4011: European Women
- HIST 4021: Gender and Family History
- HIST 4111: History of World Religions
- HIST 4310: Celtic Peoples
- HIST 4321: Ancient Civilization
- HIST 4600: Early Medicine
- HIST 4710: Early Science
- HIST 4820: Medieval Castles and War
- Medicine and the Law, ed. Wendy J. Turner & Sara Butler (Brill, 2014)
- The Care and Custody of the Mentally Ill, Incompetent, and Disabled in Medieval England, Cursor Mundi 16 (Brepols, 2013)
- Madness in Medieval Law and Custom, ed. Wendy J. Turner (Brill, 2010)
- The Treatment of Disabled Persons in Medieval Europe, eds. Wendy J. Turner & Tory Vandeventer Pearman (Edwin Mellen, 2010)
- “The Conceptualization of Intellectual Disability in Medieval English Law,” in Critical Essays on Intellectual Disability, ed. Christopher Goodey (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015).
- “’He was not an idiot from birth, nor is he now’: False, Temporary, and Overturned
Charges of Mental Incapacity in fourteenth-century England,” Studies in Early Medicine 3, “Social Dimensions of Medieval Disease and Disability, eds. Sally Crawford & Christina
Lee, BAR International Series journal 2668 (2014): 37-45.
- “Defining Mental Afflictions in Medieval English Administrative Records,” in Disability and Medieval Law: History, Literature, Society, ed. Cory J. Rushton (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013): 134-156.
- “London Businessmen and Alchemists: Raising Money for the Hundred Years War,” in Hundred Years War, Part III: Different Vistas, eds. L. J. Andrew Villalon & Donald J. Kagay, History of Warfare 85 (Brill, 3013):
- “The Legal Regulation and Licensing of Alchemy in Late Medieval England" in Law and Magic, ed. by Christine Corcos (Carolina Academic, 2010): 209-225.
- "Mental Incapacity and Financing War in Medieval England" in The Hundred Years War, Part II: A Wider Focus, eds. L.J. Andrew Villalon & Donald Kagay, History of Warfare 51 (Brill, 2008): 387-402.