Francis Oakley, Williams College president emeritus, Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas, emeritus, and Senior Oakley Fellow, has been awarded the Medieval Academy of America's Haskins Medal for his trilogy, "The Emergence of Western Political Thought in the Latin Middle Ages."
The Haskins Medal is awarded annually by the academy for a distinguished book in the field of medieval studies.
Oakley's three-volume work, published by the Yale University Press between 2010 and 2015, is a reinterpretation of the history of political thought from late antiquity to the mid-17th century.
In it he proposes that the secular nature of modern political thought emerged from the Latin Middle Ages, rather than from ancient Greece or Rome.
The three installments are "Empty Bottles of Gentilism" (2010), "The Mortgage of the Past" (2012), and "The Watershed of Modern Politics" (2015).
Currently, Oakley serves as the interim director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.