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Slate of Candidates for MAA Election 2015


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: “History and Rhetoric in the Liber Pontificalis of the Twelfth Century,” The Journal of Medieval Latin 23 (2013), 1-33; 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.



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Margot E. Fassler. Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, University of Notre Dame; Director, the Notre Dame Program in Sacred Music; Robert Tangeman Professor of Music History Emeritus, Yale University; B.A., SUNY; M.A., Syracuse University; M.Phil., Cornell University; Ph.D., Cornell University. Scholarly interests: Music History; Liturgy; Visual Arts; Drama. Selected publications: Gothic Song (Cambridge, 1993; second edition, Notre Dame, 2011); The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages, ed. with Rebecca A. Baltzer (Oxford, 2000); The Virgin of Chartres (New Haven: Yale, 2010); Music in the Medieval West (New York: Norton, 2014). Professional activities: Winner of the Van Courtlandt Elliot Prize in 1986 for “Who Was Adam of St. Victor”; Winner of the John Nicholas Brown Prize for Gothic Song; Elected to the Council of the MAA; Member of the Search Committee that hired Rick Emmerson as Executive Director; Served on the MAA Fellows Nominating Committee and the Committee for the Brown Prize; on the Board of Speculum, 2103-present; Has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation; the ACLS (Digital Innovation Fellowship); Luce Foundation; The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; The Center for Theological Enquiry; Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2007.


Robert Bjork.
Foundation Professor of English and Director of ACMRS (the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies), Arizona State University.  B.A., Pomona College; Ph.D., UCLA.  Scholarly Interests:  Old English literature, Old Norse-Icelandic literature, Medieval studies, Scandinavian studies.  Selected Publications:  Old English Shorter Poems:  Wisdom and Lyric (2014); The Old English Poems of Cynewulf  (2013); The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010), 4 vols.; (with R. D. Fulk and J. D. Niles) Klaeber’s Beowulf (2008). Professional Activities:  CARMEN (Cooperative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network) Publications Advisory Board (2014-); Haskins Medal Committee, Medieval Academy of America [MAA] (2013-16); Board of Directors, TEAMS: The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages (2013-); Fellow of the MAA (2013-); Advisory Board, Devonshire Manuscript Project, University of Toronto (2011-); Standing Committee, Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Monash University Prato Centre, Italy (2008-); International Advisory Board, National Sun Yat-sen University Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Taiwan (2008-); International Advisory Board, Medieval Centre, National Chung-Cheng University, Taiwan (2008-); Editorial Board, Mediaevistik: Internationale Zeitschrift für Interdisziplinäre Mittelalterforschung, Peter Lang Verlag (2008-); Editorial Board, Anglo-Saxon England, Cambridge UP (2008-2016); Evaluator, Central European University M.A. Program in Comparative History for the Board of Regents, State of New York (2007); Steering Committee, CARMEN (2005-09); Delegate Assembly, Modern Language Association of America [MLA] (2007-09); Ad Hoc Committee on the Structure of the Academy Office, MAA (2006-09); Corresponding Fellow of the English Association of the UK (2004-); Editorial Board, Toronto Old Norse-Icelandic Studies, U Toronto P (2004-); Advisory Group, Early English Books Online—Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP), University of Michigan (2003-); Council of the MAA  (2002-05: Committee on Committees, 2004; Executive Committee, 2005); Executive Committee, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (2000-03) and Vice President (2001-02) and President (2002-03); Nominating Committee, Renaissance Society of America [RSA] (1998-99); Executive Committee, Division on Old English Language and Literature, MLA (1998-2002); Executive Committee, Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1996-); Executive Committee, CARA (Centers and Regional Associations), MAA (1995-2011); Director of the CARA Data Project (1996-2005); Chair of CARA (2005-11); Council of the Mediterranean Studies Association (1995-2004); General Editor, Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Brepols, 1995-); Director and General Editor, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (1995-); Council of the RSA (1994-2005); Executive Committee, Scandinavian Discussion Group, MLA (1986-1990); General Editor, Modern Scandinavian Literature in Translation, U Nebraska P (1984-94); Mina P. Shaughnessey Medal Selection Committee, MLA (1984-1986).

Gail McMurray Gibson. William R. Kenan, Jr. Emerita Professor of English and Humanities, Davidson College and 2014-2015 NEH-Folger Fellow, The Folger Library. B.A. (English), Duke University; M.A. (Medieval Studies), Duke University; Ph.D. (English) University of Virginia. Scholarly interests: medieval English drama; late-medieval cultural history, spirituality, and visual art. Selected publications: The Theater of Devotion: East Anglian Drama and Society in the Late Middle Ages (Chicago, 1989; 1994); “Blessing from Sun and Moon: Churching as Women's Theater,” in Bodies and Disciplines: Intersections of Literature and History in Fifteenth-Century England, ed. Barbara Hanawalt and David Wallace (U. of Minnesota, 1996);  “The Tudor Origins of Medieval Drama,” (with Theresa Coletti) in A Companion to Tudor Literature, ed. Kent Cartwright (Blackwell, 2010); “Drama Manuscript as Sacred Object: Robert Hegge's N-Town Plays,” JMEMS 44 (2014): 503-529. Professional activities: NEH-Folger Library Long Term Fellow 2014-2015; Medieval Editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (2006), 5 vols(David Scott Kastan, Editor-in-Chief); National Humanities Center Fellow 2002-2003; Consultant for NEH-funded website "Mapping the World of Margery Kempe" (created by Sarah Stanbury and Virginia Raguin) 1997-2000; NC Humanities Council Humanist Scholar 1987-1988; Executive Council of the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society 1990-1992 and 1984-1986; Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) North Carolina Professor of the Year 1987; CASE National Silver Medalist 1987; ACLS Fellow 1986-1987; member of MAA since 1972.

F. Eliza Glaze. Associate Professor, Department of History, Coastal Carolina University (S.C.). B.A. The College of Charleston; Ph.D. Duke University. Scholarly interests: History of Medicine and Health; Latin Palaeography; Transmission of Knowledge and Texts. Selected publications: Between Text and Patient: the Medical Enterprise in Medieval & Early Modern Europe, Florence Eliza Glaze & Brian K. Nance, eds.  Micrologus' Library, 39 (Firenze: SISMEL Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2011). pp. xii + 572; 32 illustrations; “Gariopontus and the Salernitans:  Textual Traditions in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries,” in La ‘Collectio Salernitana’ di Salvatore De Renzi, ed. Danielle Jacquart and Agostino Paravicini Bagliani, (Firenze:  SISMEL Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2009), pp. 149-190; “Master-Student Medical Dialogues:  the Evidence of London, BL Sloane 2839,” in Form &  Content of Instruction in Anglo-Saxon England in Light of Contemporary Manuscript Evidence, ed. Patrizia Lendinara, Maria Amalia D’Aronco, et al., «Textes et études du moyen âge, no. 39», (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), pp. 467-494; “The Diseased Body:  Resources for Scholarly Inquiry in the Duke University History of Medicine Collections,” (with Brian Nance and Suzanne Porter). Invited for a Special Issue on ‘The Diseased Body’ ed. Susan Zimmerman, Journal of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, vol. 38, no. 3 (2008), pp. 589-610. Professional activities: Contributor/co-author of Introduction to book, Medicine at Monte Cassino: Constantine of Ifriquiyah and the Oldest Manuscript of his ‘Liber pantegni’, by Francis R. Newton and Erik Kwakkel  (Turnhout:  Brepols, expected 2015); Co-PI, with Monica Green, of a medical palaeography initiative, “Excavating Medicine in a Digital Age,” A National Humanities Center “Conversations” Grant project 2010-11. Press-release at: (the Medical Palaeography team is still active and presenting research at various international conferences, and has amassed a database of more than 530 medical manuscripts produced c. 1075-1225); American Academy in Rome, recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Rome Prize in Medieval Studies 2007-8.

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The University of Chicago)

Aden Kumler.
Associate Professor, Dept. of Art History; Affiliate Faculty Member: Dept of Romance Languages and Literature, Medieval Studies Program, Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, University of Chicago. B.A., General Studies in Humanities, University of Chicago; M.A., Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto; Ph.D., Dept. of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University; L.M.S., Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Scholarly interests:  Medieval art history, visual & material culture; history of theology in the Middle Ages; medieval liturgy. Selected publications: Translating Truth: Ambitious Images and Religious Knowledge in Late Medieval France and England (Yale University Press, 2011); “Imitatio rerum: Sacred objects in the St Giles Hospital Processional, “Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (special issue on “The Sacred Object,” Shannon Gayk & Robyn Malo (eds.), 43:4 (2014): 469-502; “The Patron-Function,” in Medieval Patronage: Power & Agency in Medieval Art, Colum Hourihane (ed.), (Penn State University Press, 2013): 297-319; “The Multiplication of the Species: Eucharistic Morphology in the Middle Ages,” RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics 59/60 (2011): 179-191. Professional activities: Member of Board of Directors, International Center of Medieval Art; Co-Convener (with Danielle Joyner) of 2014 International Conference, “Medieval Art History after the Interdisciplinary Turn” (at the University of Notre Dame); Past Editor of the Online Census of Graduate Programs in Medieval Art and; Past Chair of MAA Graduate Student Committee; Founding member of the Organizing Committee for the inaugural Vagantes Annual Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies.

Sara S. Poor.
Associate Professor of German, Director of the Program in Medieval Studies, Princeton University. B.A. Cornell University; Ph.D. Duke University. Scholarly interests:  Medieval German literature, women mystics, gender and medieval romance, history of the book, codicology, manuscript studies, literary history, women’s history. Selected publications: Mechthild von Magdeburg and Her Book: Gender and the Making of Textual Authority (Penn 2004) (Winner of the John Nicholas Brown Prize in 2008); Women and Medieval Epic: Gender and the Limits of Epic Masculinity (editor) (Palgrave 2007); “Women Teaching Men in the Medieval Devotional Imagination,” in Partners in Spirit: Women, Men, and Religious Life in Germany 1100-1500 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), 339-365; “Why Surface Reading is not Enough: Morolf, the Skin of the Jew, and German Medieval Studies,” Exemplaria: Medieval, Early Modern, Theory, Vol. 26 Nos. 2–3, Summer/Fall 2014, 148–62. Professional activities: served on a number of MLA committees, including the Committee for the Status of Women in the Profession where I was co-author of the publication of the findings of the Associate Professor Survey; co-founded YMAGINA (Young Medievalist Germanists in North America), the goal of which is to foster networking among young scholars in the discipline and to promote the field of study to modernist colleagues in German as well as to medievalist colleagues in other disciplines.

Zrinka Stahuljak.
Professor of French & Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). B.A., University of Zagreb; M.A., University of Kansas; Ph.D., Emory University. Scholarly interests: continental French, Anglo-French, and Outremer literature, historiography, and culture; Mediterranean studies; manuscript studies; medievalism; history of sexuality; translation studies. Selected publications: Bloodless Genealogies of the French Middle Ages (2005); Pornographic Archaeology: Medicine, Medievalism, and the Invention of the French Nation (2013); Thinking Through Chrétien de Troyes, co-authored with V. Greene, S. Kay, Sh. Kinoshita, and P. McCracken (2011); Violence and the Writing of History in the Medieval Francophone World, co-edited with N. Guynn (2013); Chivalry and Romance in the Medieval East: The Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies, co-authored with E. Morrison (forthcoming, 2015). Professional activities: Co-PI, Seed Grant, Late Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance (LAMAR) Consortium, UCLA, 2014-2016; Associate Director, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2008-2012; Mellon Grant “Transforming the Humanities at UCLA” for “Mediterranean Studies I, II & III: East and West at the Center, 1050-1600,” UCLA, 2009-2010; ACLA Aldridge Prize Committee, Member and Chair, 2013-2015; US-France Fulbright Research Scholar, 2012-2013; Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2005-2006.

John Tolan. Professor of History, University of Nantes (France); B.A. (Classics), Yale (1981); M.A. (History), Chicago (1986); Ph.D. (History), U. Chicago (1990); Habilitation à diriger des recherches, EHESS, Paris (2001). Scholarly interests: Intellectual history, manuscripts, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, cultural and intellectual transmission between Arab and Latin worlds. Selected publications: St. Francis and the Sultan: The Curious History of a Christian-Muslim Encounter (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009); Sons of Ishmael: Muslims through European Eyes in the Middle Ages (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008); Saracens: Islam in the Medieval European Imagination (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002); Petrus Alfonsi and his Medieval Readers (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1993). Professional activities: Director of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange Guépin (a research institute in the social sciences), 2008-2011; Director of the ERC advanced Grant “RELMIN: The legal status of religious minorities in the Euro-Mediterranean world (5th-15th centuries)”, 2010-2015; Elected to the Academia Europaea (2013).

Gernot R. Wieland. Professor Emeritus, The University of British Columbia, English Department. B.A. (English and Latin), 1971, University of Toronto; M.A. (Medieval Studies), 1972, University of Toronto; Ph.D. (Medieval Studies), 1976, University of Toronto. Scholarly interests: Latin-Latin glosses; the Anglo-Saxons and the Continent; Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. Selected publications: The Latin Glosses on Arator and Prudentius in Cambridge, University Library Gg.5.35 (Toronto, 1983); “Anglo-Saxon Culture in Bavaria 739 – 850,” Mediaevalia 17 (1994 for 1991), 177-200;  Insignis Sophiae Arcator: Medieval Latin Studies in Honour of Michael Herren on his 65th Birthday, ed. Gernot R. Wieland, Carin Ruff, and Ross G. Arthur (Turnhout, 2006); “A Survey of Latin Manuscripts,” in Working with Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts, ed. Gale R. Owen-Crocker (Exeter, 2009), pp. 112-57. Professional activities: Editor, The Journal of Medieval Latin, 2010 – present; Organizer of various medieval workshops at the University of British Columbia; President, Humboldt Association of Canada (2005 - 2011).



Matilda Bruckner. Professor Emerita of French, Boston College. Ph.D., Yale University. Scholarly interests: Medieval French and Occitan Literature, especially romance and lyric. Selected publications: Shaping Romance: Interpretation, Truth, and Closure in Twelfth-Century French Fictions (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993); Songs of the Women Troubadours, ed. and tr. Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, Laurie Shepard, and Sarah White (New York: Garland Publishers, Inc., 1995) (revised paperback edition, Taylor & Francis 2000) (The Introduction has been reprinted in Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Volume 66. Thompson/Gale, 2004); Chrétien Continued: A Study of the Conte du Graal and its Verse Continuations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009); “Marcabru’s Estornel: On Ventriloquists, or The Art of Putting Words in Your Belly.French Studies (print version forthcoming 2014). Professional activities: Book Review Editor, Speculum, 4/1991 - 5/2001; Editorial Board, Speculum, 6/1987 - 4/1991; Book Review Advisory Panel, H-France:, 1/2007 to present; Editorial Board, H-France:, 1/2009 – 12/2012.

Andrew Cole.
Professor of English, Princeton University. B.A., Loyola University Chicago; M.A., Miami University; Ph.D., Duke University. Scholarly interests: medieval literature, philosophy, and theology; intellectual history; contemporary theory and philosophy. Selected publications: Literature and Heresy in the Age of Chaucer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008); The Legitimacy of the Middle Ages: On the Unwritten History of Theory, ed. Andrew Cole and D. Vance Smith, with an afterword by Fredric Jameson (Duke University Press, 2010); The Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman, ed. Andrew Cole and Andrew Galloway (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014); The Birth of Theory (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014). Professional activities: John F. Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 2014; Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford, 2010; Morton W. Bloomfield Fellowship, Harvard University, 2006; Co-Editor, Yearbook of Langland Studies, 2003-12 (vols. 18-25); Editorial Board, Yearbook of Langland Studies, 2012-. MLA Executive Committee, Middle English Lang. & Lit., Excl. Chaucer, 2008-12; Executive Committee, Lollard Society, 2002-. 

Adam J. Kosto.
Professor of History, Columbia University; B.A. Yale (1989); M.Phil., Cambridge (1990); A.M., Harvard (1991); Ph.D., Harvard (1996). Scholarly interests: Medieval Institutional and Legal History; Iberia and the Mediterranean; Diplomatics; Digital Humanities. Selected publications: Making Agreements in Medieval Catalonia: Power, Order, and the Written Word, 1000-1200 (Cambridge UP, 2001); Hostages in the Middle Ages (Oxford UP, 2012); ed. (with Brown, Costambeys, and Innes) Documentary Practices and the Laity in the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge UP, 2012). Professional Activities: MAA Publications Advisory Committee (2011-15; Chair, 2014-15); American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (President, 2011-14); Commission Internationale de Diplomatique (Member, 2012-); American Society for Legal History.

Brett Edward Whalen. Associate Professor, History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. M.A., University of Vermont (1998); Ph.D., Stanford University (2005). Scholarly interests: Christian religious, intellectual, and cultural history c. 1000-1300. Selected publications: The Medieval Papacy (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014); Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011); Dominion of God: Christendom and Apocalypse in the Middle Ages (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009); “Corresponding with Infidels: Rome, the Almohads, and the Christians of Thirteenth-Century Morocco.” The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 41 (2011): 487-513. Professional activities: Director, Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill.





































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