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Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants

To commemorate its seventy-fifth anniversary, The Medieval Academy established a new program of dissertation grants named in honor of five members who over many years contributed to the development of The Academy: Hope Emily Allen, Helen Maud Cam, Grace Frank, Etienne Gilson, and E. K. Rand. Their careers as teachers and scholars reflect the organization's wide-ranging disciplinary interests.


Since the program began, an additional four grants have been funded. These are in honor of John Boswell (2013), Frederic C. Lane (2002), Robert and Janet Lumiansky (2012) and Charles T. Wood (2003).


Dissertation Grant Instructions
Dissertation Grant Application
Dissertation Grant Honorees
Endowing a Dissertation Grant

The Medieval Academy of America Dissertation Grants for 2017

Carol Anderson (The Catholic University of America), “Sacred Histories: Remembering the Christian Past in Medieval Tuscany (1100-1500)”  (Frederic C. Lane Dissertation Grant)

Adham Bayomi Azab (Columbia University), “Cum Dicit Auctoritas: Quotational Practice in Two Bilingual Treatises on Love by Gérard of Liège” (Etienne Gilson Dissertation Grant)

Elizabeth Hasseler (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “Holy Kings: Royal Cult and the Making of Latin Christendom, c. 1000 – 1200”  (Charles T. Wood Dissertation Grant)

Rebecca Anne Hill (University of California, Los Angeles), “The Estranging Metaphor in a Strange Land: The Translatio of Arabic Poetics at the Intersection of Science and Theology in Early Middle English Lyrics, 1150-1300”  (Grace Frank Dissertation Grant)

Orsolya Mednyanszky (Johns Hopkins University), “Leben Jesu: A Pictorial Meditation on Christ’s Virtues in Late Medieval German Manuscripts”  (E. K. Rand Dissertation Grant)

James Morton (University of California, Berkeley), “Byzantine Canon Law and Medieval Legal Pluralism: The Southern Italian Manuscripts (10th-14th Centuries)”  (John Boswell Dissertation Grant)

Peter Joseph Raleigh (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “Writing the Deeds of Kings: Historical Narrative and Royal Representation in Angevin England”  (Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant)

Melanie Shaffer (University of Colorado Boulder), “The (Whole) St. Victor Manuscript: Meaning, Reception, and Use of Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, lat. 15139” (Hope Emily Allen Dissertation Grant)

Sarah Jane Sprouse (Texas Tech University), “Fantasies of Wales: Some Paleographic Evidence for the Mediating Role of Gerald of Wales”  (Robert and Janet Lumiansky Dissertation Grant)


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