Lila Rice Goldenberg


Ph.D. StudentSarah Mitchell Fellow for the study of European History

My research concentrates on book history and literacy among fifteenth- and sixteenth-century women in England and the Low Countries (modern Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). I am particularly interested in how, why, and where parishes established girls' schools before and after the Reformation. I argue that the growth of female education in the sixteenth-century was linked to sola scriptura, the Protestant doctrine that Christian scripture is the only source of religious authority. This burst of female literacy created the demand for both secular and religious literature explicitly for women. 

Committee Members: Prof. Margo ToddProf. Roger Chartier, and Prof. Ada Kuskowski

When people refer to me, they use "she/her" pronouns.


M.A., Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Columbia University, 2017
B.A., History and Classics (Latin), Cornell University, 2015

Research Interests

Early Modern/Late Medieval History of Europe; History of the Book; Women and Gender; Material History; Religious History (Protestant Reformation); North Sea History; Latin Paleography; Incunabula & Early Printed Books; Manuscripts; Digital Humanities

Courses Taught

Courses in which I was a TA:

  • HIST 131-401/ECON 028-401 Financial Meltdowns: Past and Present (Fall 2019)
  • HIST 031: Ascent of Europe (Spring 2020)