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McIntosh, Marjorie Keniston (1940–) - British History

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Marjorie Keniston McIntosh was born on November 15, 1940, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, of mixed northern European ancestry. She was the daughter of two University of Michigan employees: her father was a professor and dean, her mother a librarian. Marjorie attended public schools in Ann Arbor. Her father and her high school and college teachers influenced her to become a historian.

McIntosh attended Radcliffe College, earning a bachelor’s degree in European history, magna cum laude, in 1962. In 1963 she received a master’s degree in English history from Harvard University. From 1965 to 1966 she participated in the Tudor/Stuart seminars at the Institute of Historical Research in London, England, and in 1967 she earned a Ph.D. in Tudor/Stuart history from Harvard University.

McIntosh’s first regular academic appointment was as assistant professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she has been since 1979. In 1986 she was promoted to associate professor, and in 1992 to professor. She was also the founder and first executive director of the Center for British Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

McIntosh has written two single-authored books and nearly twenty scholarly articles. In 1995 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete work on one of two books in progress, Order, Control, and Regulation of Behavior in English Communities, 1350–1600 , a study of how English villages and towns in the later medieval period tried to control social misbehavior that threatened their stability. Her other book in progress is Local Responses to the Poor in England, 1350–1600 . McIntosh, in joining the ranks of distinguished historians who have won the Guggenheim Fellowship, was one of 152 artists, scholars, and scientists chosen from among 2,856 applicants.

McIntosh also received two prestigious awards in 1995, a teaching award from her peers at the University of Colorado and a Robert L. Stearns Award for Extraordinary Achievement, also from the University of Colorado. She has also received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Howard Foundation at Brown University, and the American Philosophical Society. She has provided professional service to the North American Conference on British Studies, the American Historical Association, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Marjorie Keniston McIntosh is married to a professor of molecular biology at the University of Colorado; they have three children. Her oldest son is in the real estate business in Hungary. Her daughter is a graduate student in classical archaeology, and her younger son is an African economist. McIntosh’s interests include music and Africa. She and her family have hosted several African exchange students, and she has read and traveled widely.

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