Stanford Experts

Laura Stokes

Associate Professor of History


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Laura Stokes’ first book, Demons of Urban Reform, examines the origins of witchcraft prosecution in fifteenth-century Europe against the backdrop of a general rise in the prosecution of crime and other measures of social control. She has investigated the relationship between witchcraft and sodomy persecutions as well as the interplay between the unregulated development of judicial torture and innovations within witchcraft prosecution. Her current research is an examination of quotidian economic culture during the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. Laura Stokes directs the Stanford research group on Collective Trauma and Healing, which grew out of a research project on the multigenerational legacies of trauma and pragmatic questions about the efficacy of humanitarian intervention. The research group seeks new directions for humanitarian aid and development that take into account the dynamics of collective and intergenerational trauma and work to strengthen local and internal mechanisms of collective healing.