University of Wisconsin–Madison

James Barnes

TA: HistSci 201, Professor Hsia

Advisors: Elizabeth Lapina and Florence Hsia

Office: 4271 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4107 Mosse Humanities
Phone: 608.890.3306
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00-3:15

James Barnes


I study the social, intellectual and institutional history of science in the Middle Ages. My specific interests include scientific and technological innovation in medieval universities and craft guilds, and the interactions that took place between scientists and craftsmen. My other interests include the economic system of institutional support and patronage that supported medieval science, the manner in which that system was disrupted by the Reformations, and the relationship between science and religion in general. I already hold an M.A. in History and is working towards an M.A. in the History of Science. In the future, I plan to pursue a joint Ph.D. in History and the History of Science.


  • European History; Medieval Europe