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Slate of Candidates for MAA Elections 2014
Untitled DocumentThe Slate includes eight nominees for four seats on the Council and four nominees for two seats on the Nominating Committee.

William Chester Jordan. Dayton-Stockton Professor and Chair, Department of History, Princeton University. B.A., Ripon College; Ph.D., Princeton University. Scholarly interests: French history, Jewish-Christian relations, French-English relations, serfdom, credit. Selected publications: Louis IX and the Challenge of the Crusade: A Study in Rulership (1980); The French Monarchy and the Jews from Philip Augustus to the Last Capetians (1989); The Great Famine: Northern Europe in the Early Fourteenth Century (1996); A Tale of Two Monasteries: Westminster and Saint-Denis in the Thirteenth Century (2009).


Barbara Newman. Professor of English, Religious Studies and Classics, Northwestern University. B.A., Oberlin College; M.A. Div., University of Chicago; Ph.D., Yale University. Scholarly interests: medieval comparative literature and religion. Selected publications: Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular against the Sacred (2013); Frauenlob's Song of Songs: A Medieval Poet and His Masterpiece (2006); God and the Goddesses: Vision, Poetry, and Belief in the Middle Ages (2003); From Virile Woman to WomanChrist: Studies in Medieval Religion and Literature (1995); Sister of Wisdom: St. Hildegard's Theology of the Feminine (1987). Professional activities: Councillor of MAA, 2001–3; Orator of the Fellows, 2006–8; program chair for MAA Chicago meeting, 2008–9; president of the Illinois Medieval Association (2004–5) and the American Society of Church History (2011); organizer of Mellon Symposia on Medieval Subjectivity (2011) and The Middle Ages in Translation (2013).


Carmela Vircillo Franklin. Professor of Classics, Columbia University. B.A., Harvard College; Ph. D., Harvard University. Scholarly interests: Medieval Latin Literature; Translation during the Middle Ages (especially from Greek into Latin); Manuscript Studies and Textual Reception; Medieval Rome. Selected publications: The Liber pontificalis of the Twelfth Century: from Schismatic Document to Renaissance Exemplar (monograph in progress); edition of the Latin text for the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (in progress); "The Reception of the Latin Life of St Giles in Anglo-Saxon England,” Anglo-Saxon England 42 (2013), 63-145; Material Restoration: A Fragment from Eleventh-Century Echternach in a Nineteenth-Century Parisian Codex (UCLA Cursor Mundi 7; Brepols, 2009); The Latin Dossier of Anastasius the Persian: Hagiographic Translations and Transformations. Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies. Studies and Texts 147 (Toronto, 2004). Professional activities: Director, American Academy in Rome, 2005-2010; Medieval Academy of America: Committee to Revise the By-Laws, 2010/11; Nominating Committee, Chair, 1988, Member, 1987; Fellow of the Medieval Academy; Scribe (Fellows), 2012-present; Trustee, Institute for Advanced Studies, 2011-2016; Trustee, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 2009-present; Member, Editorial Board, Traditio, 2007-present; Member, Italy-US Fulbright Commission, 2005-10.


Greta Austin. Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, Department of Religion and Director of Gender Studies, University of Puget Sound. B.A., Princeton University; M.A., Univ. of Colorado-Boulder; Ph.D., Columbia University. Scholarly interests: Church history. Selected publications: "Jurisprudence in the Service of Pastoral Care: The Decretum of Burchard of Worms,” Speculum 79 (2004), 929-59; Shaping Church Law around the Year 1000: The Decretum of Burchard of Worms (Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West; Aldershot, 2009); "St. Augustine and the Hall of Memory,” The American Scholar (Winter 2011); "Were the peasants really so clean? The Middle Ages in Film,” Film History 14 (2002), 136-41. Professional activities: Secretary of the Governing Board of the Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio [Society for Medieval Canon Law], 2008-2112, re-elected 2012-2016; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2003 (awarded 2002).

Brigitte Bedos-Rezak. Professor of History, New York University. Archiviste-Paléographe, Ecole nationale des chartes, Paris-Sorbonne; License-ès-Lettres, Classics and History, Université de Paris-Sorbonne. Scholarly Interests: Semiotic Anthropology of the Middle Ages, Documentary culture, Medieval France, Diplomatics and Sigillography. Selected Publications: La châtellenie de Montmorency des origines à 1368. Aspects féodaux, sociaux, économiques (Pontoise, 1980); Form and Order in Medieval France. Studies in Social and Quantitative Sigillography (Aldershot, 1993); "Medieval Identity: A Sign and a Concept,” American Historical Review 105/5 (2000): 1489-1533; When Ego was Imago. Signs of Identity in the Middle Ages (Leiden: Brill, 2010. Visualizing the Middle Ages 3). Professional Activities: Fellow of the Medieval Academy; Fellow of the London Society of Antiquaries; Founding Board Member of the Website SIGILLVM; Board Member of NYU’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Board Member of NY Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC); Editorial Board Member of Signs and Society (U. of Chicago); Member (Spring 2013) of the Nationalen Forschungsschwerpunkte (NFS) Mediality (Universität Zürich).

Adam S. Cohen. Associate Professor, Department of Art, University of Toronto. B.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Scholarly Interests: Art History, Manuscript Illumination, Monasticism, Jewish Art, Christian-Jewish Polemics. Selected Publications:Confronting the Borders of Medieval Art, co-edited with Jill Caskey and Linda Safran (Leiden: Brill, 2011); Eye and Mind: Essays in Anglo-Saxon and Early Medieval Art by Robert Deshman (Kalamazoo, Mich.: The Medieval Institute, Richard Rawlinson Center, 2010); "Making Memories in a Medieval Miscellany,” in Making Thoughts, Making Pictures, Making Memories in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Mary Carruthers, ed. Anne D. Hedeman, Gesta 48 (2009): 135–52; The Uta Codex: Art, Philosophy, and Reform in Eleventh-Century Germany (University Park, Pa.: Penn State University Press, 2000). Professional Activities: Editor (with Linda Safran), Gesta, 2013–16; Nominating Committee, Medieval Academy of America, 2006–2008; Advisor, International Center for Medieval Art (ICMA), 2001–2006 (initiated Census of Graduate Programs in Medieval Art History:; Editorial Board, "Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages” (Brepols), 2005–present.

Richard Firth Green. Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, The Ohio State University. B.A./M.A., Oxford University; Ph.D., University of Toronto. Scholarly Interests: English Literary History; Literature and Law; Medieval Popular Culture. Selected Publications:Interstices: Studies in Middle English and Anglo-Latin Texts in Honour of A.G. Rigg, edited with Linne R. Mooney (2004); The Singer and the Scribe: European Ballad Traditions and European Ballad Cultures, edited with Philip Bennett (2004); A Crisis of Truth: Literature and Law in Ricardian England (1998); Poets and Prince pleasers: Literature and the English Court in the Late Middle Ages (1980). Professional Activities: CARA, Executive Committee, 2007-2013; Director, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, The Ohio University, 2005-2013.

Samantha Kelly. Professor of History, Rutgers University. B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Northwestern University. Scholarly Interests: Italian, Mediterranean, Ethiopian history; intersection of politics, culture, and religion; Selected Publications: The New Solomon: Robert of Naples (1309-1343) and Fourteenth-Century Kingship (Leiden: Brill, 2003); The ‘Cronaca di Partenope’. An Introduction to and Critical Edition of the First Vernacular History of Naples (c. 1350) (Leiden: Brill, 2011); "Medieval Influence in Early Modern Historiography: the Fortunes of the Cronaca di Partenope, 1350-1680,” California Italian Studies 3 (2012); "The Neapolitan Giovanni Villani: Florence, Naples, and Medieval Historical Categorization,” in Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors, ed. L. Waldman and M. Israëls (Florence: Olschki, 2013). Professional Activities: Director, Program in Medieval Studies, Rutgers University, 2008-2011.

Christopher MacEvitt. Associate Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College.
M.A., Princeton University. Scholarly Interests: Crusading, Interreligious Contact, Armenian History, Franciscans, Jerusalem, Martyrdom. Selected Publications: The Christian World of the East and the Crusades: Rough Tolerance (2008); "Victory by Desire: Crusade and Martyrdom in the Fourteenth Century,” in Center and Periphery: Studies on Power in the Medieval World in Honor of William Chester Jordan, eds. Guy Geltner, Katherine Jansen, and Anne Lester (2013), pp. 223-35; "The King, the Bishop, and the Dog who Killed Him: Canine Cultural Encounters and Medieval Armenian Identity,” in Old Worlds, New Worlds: European Cultural Encounters, c. 1100 – c. 1750, eds. Lisa Bailey, Lindsay Diggelman, and Kim M. Phillips (2009), pp. 31-51; "The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa: Apocalypse, the First Crusade and the Armenian Diaspora,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 61 (2007): 157-81.

Deborah L. McGrady. Associate Professor and Chair, University of Virginia. B.A., University of Maryland; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara. Scholarly Interests: French Late Medieval Literature and Culture; Hundred Years War Period; Medieval and Early Print Book Culture. Selected Publications: Controlling Readers: Guillaume de Machaut and His Late Medieval Audience (Toronto University Press, 2006, rpt. 2012); A Companion to Guillaume de Machaut, co-edited with Jennifer Bain, (Brill, 2012); "The Rise of Metafiction in the Late Middle Ages,” Cambridge History of French Literature, ed. William Burgwinkle (Cambridge University Press, 2011); "What is a Patron? Benefactors and Authorship in MS Harley 4431, Christine de Pizan's Collected Works,” in Christine de Pizan and the Categories of Difference. Marilynn Desmond, ed. (Minnesota: Minnesota University Press, 1998), 195-214. Professional Activities: Member, Elliot Prize Committee, Medieval Academy (2010 – 2013); Advisory Board Member, NEH funded Medieval Academy Project, "Retrospective Digital Editions of Print Editions Published by The Medieval Academy of America, 1925–2001.” (2008 – 2010); Review Editor, The Medieval Review (1997-2002; 2008 - 2011); Representative, Medieval French Languages and Literature, Division Executive Committee, MLA (2008 – 2010); Co-Private Investigator, Andrew Mellon Foundation Grant for "Machaut in the Book: Representations of Authorship in Late Medieval Digitized Manuscripts,” with Ben Albritton, Stanford University (2011-2013); President, International Machaut Society (2007 – 2009); Vice-President(2005-2007); Secretary, Christine de Pizan Society (1998-2003; Panel Organizer, Medieval Academy (2010);MLA (2008); International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (2007 – 2009; 1998 – 2003; 2010-2012); International Medieval Congress, Leeds (2008), Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 2004; Reader for Speculum, Ohio State Press, Exemplaria, Modern Philology, SUNY Press, MLA, Gesta, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Press, Romanic Review, Cambridge University Press.

William North. Associate Professor of History, Carleton College. B.A., Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley. Scholarly Interests: Ecclesiastical Reform and Religious Polemic, 9th-12th centuries; Medieval Biblical Exegesis and Canon Law; History of Medieval Germany and Italy; Byzantine History, especially religious dialogue and polemic; Medieval and Byzantine Visual Culture; Translation of Medieval Sources. Selected Publications: "The Gift of Service. The Charter of the Confraternity of the Virgin of Naupaktos” (with Anthony Cutler), in Donation et Donateurs à Byzance (Realités Byzantines) (Paris, 2012), 206-219; Translations and introductions of Andrew of Strumi, Passion of Ariald; Johannes Codagnellus, Account of Urban Unrest in Piacenza; Archbishop Federigo Visconti, Sermon on his Pastoral Visit to Sardinia (excerpts), in Medieval Italy: Translated Texts, eds. J. Drell, K. Jansen, and F. Andrews (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press 2009); "St Anselm’s Forgotten Student: Richard of Préaux and the Interpretation of Scripture in Early Twelfth-Century Normandy” in Teaching and Learning in Northern Europe, 1000-1200, eds. Sally N. Vaughn & Jay Rubenstein (Turnholt: Brepols 2006), 171-216; "The Fragmentation and Redemption of a Medieval Cathedral: Property, conflict, and public piety in Eleventh-Century Arezzo” in Conflict in Medieval Europe, ed. Piotr Górecki & W. Brown (Aldershot/Brookfield, VT: Ashgate Publishers 2003), 109-130. Professional Activities: Editor, Haskins Society Journal, 2008–2013; Asst. Ed. 2007; 2013–; Co-organizer, Rethinking Reform Panels, International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, 2012-2014; Co-director, NEH Summer Seminar, Reform and Renewal in Medieval Rome (2014); NEH Grant Reader; Panel organizer: MAA (2003), AHA (2000), International Medieval Congress (2012-2014), Haskins Society Conference (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013); MAA: Member, Local Program Committee (2003).


Marjorie (Jorie) Woods. Blumberg Centennial Professor of English, The University of Texas at Austin. B.A., Stanford University; M.A., University of Toronto; Ph.D., University of Toronto. Scholarly Interests: manuscripts and palaeography; medieval rhetoric, literary theory, and pedagogy; classical tradition in the Middle Ages, esp. with regard to school texts and gender studies. Selected Publications: "What are the Real Differences between Medieval and Renaissance Commentaries?" in The Classics in the Medieval and Renaissance Classroom: The Role of Ancient Texts in Arts Curriculum as Revealed by Surviving Manuscripts and Early Printed Books. Ed. Juanita Ruys, John O. Ward, and Melanie Heyworth (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 329-41; Classroom Commentaries: Teaching the Poetria nova across Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Text and Context 2 (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2010); "Rhetoric, Gender, and the Literary Arts: Classical Speeches in the Schoolroom" in New Medieval Literatures 11 (2009): 113-132; An Early Commentary on the Poetria nova of Geoffrey of Vinsauf (NY: Garland Publishing, 1985). Professional Activities: I joined the Medieval Academy in graduate school and became a Life Member very early in my career. My first book received honorable mention for the MAA John Nicholas Brown Prize, and later I served as a judge for the Van Courtlandt Eliott Prize. Because I want to speak about the western European tradition as a whole--with the Middle Ages occupying the dominant position--it has been important to me to participate in non-medieval discussions as well, and I have held various positions of responsibility in the Modern Language Association, the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies, and the Renaissance Society of America. (My second book received the Rhetoric Society of America Book Award in 2010.) But it feels like time to return home.

Jessica Brantley. Associate Professor, English Department, Yale University. B.A., Harvard University; M.Phil., Cambridge University; Ph.D., Univ. of California, Los Angeles. Scholarly Interests: Middle English literature, manuscript studies, text and image relations, history of reading. Selected Publications: "The Iconography of the Utrecht Psalter and the Old English Descent into Hell” in Anglo-Saxon England 28 (1999), 43-63. [Winner, Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize]; Reading in the Wilderness: Private Devotion and Public Performance in Late-Medieval England (Chicago, 2007); "The Pre-History of the Book” in PMLA 124.2 (2009), 1-15; "Reading the Forms of Sir Thopas” in "Medieval English Manuscripts: Form, Aesthetics, and the Literary Text,” ed. Alexandra Gillespie and Arthur Bahr, a special issue of Chaucer Review 47.4 (2013), 416-38. Professional Activities: MAA member since 1993; Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize, 1999; Presented papers at MAA meetings in 1998 (Stanford), 2001 (Arizona State), 2004 (U. Washington), 2014 (Los Angeles), chaired a session in 2010 (Yale). Faculty investigator in the Yale project on Digitally Enabled Scholarship on Medieval Manuscripts, funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Anita Obermeier.Professor of English, University of New Mexico. B.A., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich; M.A., Eastern Illinois University; Ph.D., Arizona State University. Scholarly Interests: Chaucer, Middle English Literature, Arthuriana, Medicine in Literature, Authorship Studies, Feminist, Queer, and Disability Studies. Selected Publications:The History and Anatomy of Auctorial Self-Criticism in the European Middle Ages. Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 32 (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1999); Co-editor with Georgiana Donavin of Romance and Rhetoric: In Honour of Dhira B. Mahoney. Disputatio 19 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010); "The Censorship Trope in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Manciple’s Tale as Ovidian Metaphor in a Gowerian and Ricardian Context.” Author, Reader, Book:Medieval Authorship in Theory and Practice. Eds. Stephen Partridge and Erik Kwakkel (Toronto: U. of Toronto Press, 2012), 80-105; "Chaucer’s ‘Retraction’.” Sources and Analogues of the Canterbury Tales. Eds. Robert Correale and Mary Hamel. Vol. 2 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2005), 775-808. Professional Activities: President of The Consortium for the Teaching the Middle Ages (TEAMS), 2012-Present; President of the Medieval Association of the Pacific, 2012-Present; Member of the Medieval Academy of America and Medieval Association of the Pacific Joint Conference Committee for the 2014 Meeting at UCLA; Program Chair of the 26th Annual International Conference on Medievalism, "Medievalism, Arthuriana, and Landscapes of Enchantment,” at UNM 2011; Program Chair of the Annual Medieval Association of the Pacific Meeting at UNM 2009; Delegate for Women’s Issues to the Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly 2007-9.

Bissera V. Pentcheva. Associate Professor, Stanford University. Ph.D. Harvard University. Scholarly Interests: Byzantine, Islamic, Western Medieval. Selected publications: Books, Icons and Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006), received the John Nicholas Brown Prize 2010 of the Medieval Academy of America for an outstanding first monograph in Medieval Studies; The Sensual Icon: Space, Ritual, and the Senses in Byzantium (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010) (; "Hagia Sophia and Multisensory Aesthetics,” Gesta 50/2 (2011): 93–111; "The Performative Icon,” The Art Bulletin 88/4 (2006): 631-55. Professional Activities: collaborative research project:

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