Eric J. Goldberg

Associate Professor of History


B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1991
M.A. University of Virginia, 1993
Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1998

Eric J. Goldberg received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1998 and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He specializes in the history of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, and his research focuses on the politics and culture of the Merovingian, Carolingian, and Anglo-Saxon worlds. His first book, Struggle for Empire: Kingship and Conflict under Louis the German, 817-876, offers the first study in English of the reign of Charlemagne's grandson, Louis the German (840-876). He is currently finishing a second book titled With Practice, Skill, and Cunning: Hunting in Frankish Europe, 500-1000. Related to this project, he recently published "Louis the Pious and the Hunt" in the journal Speculum. His research interests also include medieval environmental history, manuscripts and paleography, the history of the Church and Papacy, and the Vikings. Professor Goldberg has been awarded fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Counsel for Learned Societies, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. The Medieval Academy of America awarded his first article the Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize “for the best first article in the field of medieval studies.” He was a tenured professor at Williams College before coming to M.I.T. in 2009. He was born and raised in San Francisco.