Krista Kesselring

Krista Kesselring

Associate Fellow; Professor, Department of History, Dalhousie University

Krista Kesselring Krista Kesselring

BA, MA (Dal); PhD (Queen’s)

Krista Kesselring teaches in the Dalhousie History program, with cross-appointments to the programs in Gender & Women’s Studies, Law, Justice & Society, and European Studies. She grew up in the Maritimes and did both her BA and MA at Dalhousie, before completing her PhD at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) in 2000.

Current Research Projects

Professor Kesselring’s research interests focus on early modern peace, law and ‘justice’. Interested in women’s history and the consequences of religious reform within that broad frame, she is currently co-authoring a book on the post-Reformation history of divorce. She is also studying the notorious Court of Star Chamber to explore how changing uses of records, precedents, and evidence impinged upon the pursuit of justice in both particular cases and in the abstract.

Selected Publications


  • Making Murder Public: Homicide in Early Modern England. Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • Married Women and the Law: Coverture in England and the Common Law World, co-edited with Tim Stretton. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.
  • The Northern Rebellion of 1569: Faith, Politics, and Protest in Elizabethan England. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Mercy and Authority in the Tudor State. Cambridge University Press, 2003.