Judith Abbott

Professor Emerita


Ph.D.,University of Connecticut


Early and High Middle Ages, Republic and Empire, Early England


Judy Abbott grew up on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota.  She had a varied college career, as was common with women of her generation.  She attended Smith College and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst before getting a B.A. in History at the University of Minnesota in 1970.  She started graduate work at Trinity College, Hartford, and then earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of Connecticut in Storrs in 1989. She taught at the Hartford campus of the University of Connecticut and two years at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh before coming to Sonoma State University in 1991.  She taught History at Sonoma State University until retiring in 2015.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Typical conference papers, “The Murder of King Edward the Martyr, 978,” “Edmund Ironside and Succession Politics,” “Political Strategy in the Coronation of Queen Matilda,” “Another Look at the Anti-Monastic Reaction”

A translation and historical commentary on the Merovingian Vita Sancti Dagoberti III, Regis Francorum.