PhD'18 (medieval and early modern European history) University of Chicago

Research Interests

Medieval and early modern Europe; Western and Central Europe; Holy Roman Empire, Bohemia, and Habsburg Monarchy; governance, nobility, and institutional development; nationalism and identity


Assembly, Dissent, and Political Cohesion: Bohemian Institutional Development in the Fifteenth Century


Lisa Scott's dissertation examines the emergence and development of political institutions in the Czech lands. She argue that the assembly created a forum for people of a variety of statuses to exert some control over the administration of the kingdom. Yet, the position of these people and entities was always relative to the authority commanded by other institutions, including the church, the monarchy, the estates, and the Land Court, and was strongest when both the church and the monarchy were weak. By reevaluating the assumptions made about the social, political, and religious structures represented in these assemblies, her dissertation advances our understanding of conceptions of sovereignty and the role institutions played in the development of governing structures in Europe. Bohemia's place on the periphery of Latin Christendom invites questions about belonging and diversity and provides an opportunity to reexamine whether models generalized from the study of particularly prominent Western European polities can be applied more generally.

At the University of Chicago she has taught the History of European Civilization I three times and also taught the thematic quarter, History of European Civilization III, for which she designed “Formations and (Re)formations of Medieval Political Authority.” She was also a Bessie Pierce Prize Preceptorship, leading undergraduate history majors through writing their BA honors theses. She has also taught modern European history at DePaul University in Chicago.

She conducted research for her dissertation with the support of 2014–15 US Student IIE Fulbright Award in the Czech Republic and has also received support from the Division of the Social Sciences, the Agnes and Nathan Janco Travel Grant Fund, a Kunstadter Travel Grant, and the Procházka Funds. She holds an AM in history from the University of Chicago, a masters of arts in teaching (MAT) in secondary social studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in history from Johns Hopkins University.


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