Professor Elisabeth van Houts
MA, LittD, PhD(Groningen), FRHistS
Official Fellow; Director of Studies in History and Politics; Director of Studies in History
College Lecturer in History; Honorary Professor of Medieval European History in the Faculty of History
Liesbeth van Houts was born in 1952 in Zaandam (Netherlands), went to school in Amsterdam and studied History at the University of Groningen. She received her Teachers’ certificate in 1975 and went on to do a Masters and PhD degree. Having finished her PhD on the Gesta Normannorum Ducum of William of Jumièges, the earliest prose chronicle of the Norman Conquest of England, she worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Medieval Studies at Groningen. Part of her time was spent as Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall in Cambridge (1983-5). She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1983. In 1985 she became a Junior Research Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge. In 1990 she spent a sabbatical in the Huntington Library in Los Angeles. From the autumn of 1990 until 1997 she was a College Lecturer and Tutor at Newnham College, Cambridge. Between 1991 and 2011 she was an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History including a spell of five years, from 1992 to 1997, as a Newton Trust Lecturer in Medieval history. She is now Honorary Professor of Medieval European History in the Faculty of History.
In October 1997 she became a Fellow, Tutor, College Lecturer and Director of Sudies in History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. She received her Litt D of the University of Cambridge in the summer of 2001.
Interested in Medieval History and Latin, she has published and lectured extensively on Anglo-Norman history, medieval historiography and literature and the history of gender in the Middle Ages. Her hobbies include reading, keeping up with recent Dutch literature, and hiking in Wales.