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Esther Liberman Cuenca, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History


Phone: (361) 570-4340

Email: Esther Liberman Cuenca

Curriculum Vitae


Esther Liberman Cuenca specializes in the history of medieval and early modern Europe. Her book, The Making of Urban Customary Law in Medieval and Reformation England, which is under contract with Oxford University Press, focuses on the development of law in English towns from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. Her scholarship has been published in Urban HistoryContinuity and Change, Popular Music, The Paris Review, and History Compass.

Her research interests include the history of the medieval world, law, women, urbanization, and medievalism (i.e., the Middle Ages in popular culture), and her teaching interests vary widely, ranging from medieval and modern Europe to global history, gender, and film. She is currently co-editing, with M. Christina Bruno and Anthony Perron, a coursebook geared for undergraduate students on medieval law as imagined in film (under contract with Fordham University Press).

She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a yearlong Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; the Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize, the Schallek Award, and the Schallek Fellowship from the Medieval Academy of America; and a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society.

She is also the organizer of UHV’s History Day. If you would like to donate to History Day, please go to this link.



Ph.D. History, Fordham University
M.A. History, California State University, Long Beach
B.A. Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
B.A. Classical Civilizations, Loyola Marymount University