Erika Graham-Goering studies the aristocracy of late medieval France, focusing on issues of identity, reputation, and political and social ideologies in relation to practice. She received her PhD from the University of York in 2016 with a thesis on princely power in fourteenth-century Brittany, supervised by Dr. Craig Taylor. Her research focuses primarily on administrative and legal records, but explores these through a variety of approaches, including close textual readings, quantitative analysis, and linguistic studies. She has extensive experience working in the national and departmental archives of France, and is preparing an edition of several important texts relating to the Breton succession of 1341.
She came to Ghent University as a postdoctoral research fellow on the ERC-funded project 'STATE – Lordship and the Rise of the State in Western Europe, 1300-1600', led by prof. dr. Frederik Buylaert. From September 2016, she is looking at seigneuries in the provinces of Normandy and Languedoc in the fourteenth century as part of a comparative study across France, the Low Countries, and England.
Her other interests include the medieval French language in all its variety (with forays into Occitan), and approaches to academic writing.