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Slate of Candidates for MAA Election 2017



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: Music in the Medieval West and its accompanying Anthology (New York, 2014); "Allegorical Architecture in Scivias: Hildegard’s Setting for the Ordo Virtutum” in the Journal of the American Musicological Society 67 (2014): 317-378; Life and Latin Learning at Paradies bei Soest, 1300-1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Books of a North German Dominican Convent, 2 vols. (with Jeffery Hamburger, Eva Schlotheuber, and Susan Marti) (Munster, 2016); ed. with Katie A. Bugyis and Andrew B. Kraebel, Medieval Cantors and their Craft: Music, Liturgy, and the Shaping of History 800-1500 (York, 2016). Professional activities and service: 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.
Statement of Purpose:
One of the most significant problems facing the study of the Middle Ages at the present time is a drying up of faculty positions in the academy, with teaching of our subjects often being carried out by non-specialists as a result. The study of any medieval discipline, from art, to music, to history, to languages and literature, is seriously diminished without well-trained medievalists to represent the kinds of  knowledge that are essential for understanding around 1,000 years of the past, be it European and/or global.

We need to attend with great care to the state of Medieval Studies in the United States, a mighty task, but one that only the MAA can undertake.  Two small steps that interest me will take some small amounts of funding that I hope we can raise in our Capital Campaign.

1). A competitive small fund for conference money to support medievalists who carry out their work without much help from the institutions in which they serve. 
2). Competitive funds to support work with manuscripts and art works in local collections, bringing local K-12 teachers to see and become excited by the materiality of the Middle Ages. The exhibit in Boston at present is a fine example of how an entire community can be energized by work with local collections. Others of us can try to mount similar kinds of displays on smaller scales, working both locally and regionally.





David J. Wallace. Judith Rodin Professor of English & Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania. Ph.D. English, Cambridge University, 1983; BA English & Related Literature, York University, 1976.
Scholarly interests: European literary history; Chaucer; Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch; women’s writings; romance; geography.
Selected publications: Europe: a Literary History, 1348-1418, ed David Wallace, 2 vols (OUP, 2016); Strong Women: Life, Text, and Territory, 1347-1645 (OUP, 2011); Premodern Places. Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn (Oxford: Blackwells, 2004); The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature, ed. David Wallace (CUP 1999).
Professional activities and service: President, New Chaucer Society, 2004-6; Trustee 1992-6; nominations Committee 1986, 1988, 1992 (Chair). John Nicholas Brown Prize Committee, Medieval Academy of America, 1992-4; Chair of English, University of Pennsylvania, 2001-4; Interim Chair of Romance Languages, Penn, 2005-6;  Editorial Board, Richard Hakluyt, Principal Navigations, 14 vols, Oxford UP, 2014- ; Advisory Board, ELH, 2012- ; Advisory Board, Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark and the University of York, funded as a Danish Centre of Excellence 2012-18; Editorial Board, Interfaces, refereed online journal in 5 languages for CML; Chair, Lowell Prize Committee, Modern Language Association of America, 2002; Evaluator for National Humanities Center, 1989; final selection committee 1994 Comparative Studies in Medieval Literature Division; Executive Committee, Modern Language Association of America,1996-2000; Chair 1999; Chaucer Division Executive Committee, MLA, 1989-93; Chair 1992; Faculty Advisory Board, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997-2000; summer school at CEU (Budapest) 2015; Turkey with CML 2016; Hebrew U. Jerusalem 2017; 40 campus talks across Europe and north America in association with European literary history project.
Statement of Purpose: I would like to continue supporting the excellent initiatives of earlier Presidents and Councils, especially Barbara Newman's encouragement of K-12 medievalism. As a supplement to my work in European literary history, and to teaching widely, I would like to assess the status of Medieval Studies in a post-Brexit Europe. I would especially like MAA to consider how we might support colleagues in societies where the objective pursuit of Medieval Studies runs into political difficulties. I would like MAA to continue building bridges to, and being inspired by, younger generations of medievalists. I would like to do everything we can to secure the future of Medieval Studies with tenure track jobs, curatorships, and secure positions in librarianship. I would like to see our centennial year arrive with a bang.





Ruth Mazo Karras. Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, University of Minnesota. PhD, Yale University; MPhil, Oxford University; BA, Yale College.
Scholarly interests: History; history of women, gender, and sexuality; Northwestern Europe; Jewish history.
Selected publications: Unmarriages: Women, Men, and Sexual Unions in the Middle Ages (2012; winner of Joan Kelly Award from American Historical Association); Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others (2nd edition 2012); Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe, co-edited with Judith M. Bennett (2013); Entangled Histories: Knowledge, Authority, and Transmission in Medieval Jewish Culture, co-edited with Elisheva Baumgarten and Katelyn Mesler (forthcoming 2016).
Professional activities and service: University of Minnesota, Chair, Department of History, 2013-16; Director, Center for Medieval Studies,  2008-10 and 2011-12; Chair, Executive Committee, College of Liberal Arts, 2014-15.  Temple University:  Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, 1999-2000.  General Editor, University of Pennsylvania Press, Middle Ages Series, 1995-.  North American Co-Editor, Gender & History journal, 2008-2013.  President, Berkshire Council on the History of Women, 2005-2008; program co-chair, 2002.  American Historical Association, Committee on Committees, 2006-09.  Medieval Academy, Council, 1998-2001; Fellow, 2009.  Fellowships from EURIAS, Israel Institute for Advanced Study, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, American Council of Learned Societies, American Philosophical Society, NEH, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton).
Statement of Purpose:
The Medieval Academy has changed a great deal since I first attended an annual meeting as an undergraduate in the ‘70s, but it is still, and is certainly is perceived to be, an organization of and for the privileged. The Academy should welcome the participation of all scholars, and actively seek the inclusion of those marginalized by race, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, or professional status, and should carefully ensure that the resources at its disposal, such as fellowships, do not go only to the haves. It should be a forceful advocate for the humanities generally, as they are practiced in universities, schools, and public discourse. It should supplement the annual conference and Speculum with developing methods of scholarly and public communication. It should promote a medieval studies that is conscious of the present and the way the Middle Ages bear on it; that is interdisciplinary, including the social sciences and sciences, and that is geographically and chronologically broad. Most of us have our own patch, but the Academy should foster means of helping us all understand our work in a larger context. It should encourage the field should be open to many methodologies, and constantly mindful of a variety of kinds of difference within and among medieval cultures, through its publications, conferences, and collaborations. These goals must be pursued fairly and transparently.



Suzanne Conklin Akbari. Professor and Director, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. Ph.D. (dist.), English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University (1995); M.Phil., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University (1991); M.A., English, Columbia University (1989); B.A., Humanities Area, The Johns Hopkins University (1984).
Scholarly interests:
Comparative medieval literature; intellectual history (philosophy, theology, history of science); Mediterranean Studies.
Selected publications:
Idols in the East: European Representations of Islam and the Orient, 1100-1450 (Cornell University Press, 2009; paperback edition 2012).  Seeing Through the Veil: Optical Theory and Medieval Allegory (University of Toronto Press, 2004). A Sea of Languages: Rethinking the Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History. Co-ed. with Karla Mallette. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. Marco Polo and the Encounter of East and West. Co-ed. with Amilcare Iannucci. University of Toronto Press, 2008.
Professional activities and service:
Medieval Academy of America, Publications Advisory Board (2014 - 2019); Speculum, Book Review Board, Area Editor: English and Comp. Lit. (2012 - 2015); Chair, Organizing Committee, MAA Annual Meeting (Toronto, ON), 6-8 April 2017;  Member, Organizing Committee, MAA Annual Meeting (Toronto, ON), 12-14 April 2007; External reader, Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching (occasional).
Statement of Purpose: I first presented a paper at Medieval Academy as a graduate student (Tucson, 1993). It was a chapter from my dissertation on optical theory and medieval literature, delivered in a session on medieval philosophy, and I still vividly remember the warmth with which senior scholars in the field encouraged me, gave gentle but firm guidance, and made me feel at home in their community. This welcoming quality is one that I would work hard to foster within today’s MAA, further enhancing the diversity within the community while maintaining our commitment to the highest standards of scholarly excellence. At Toronto’s CMS, I’ve worked to maintain the long-standing strength of our program in Medieval Studies – which has a special focus on the tools of our trade: manuscript studies, Latin, and medieval vernaculars – while also reaching outward toward a more ‘global Middle Ages’ by developing our strength in Mediterranean Studies and starting a new joint initiative on Medieval Ethiopia. I’d like to bring that sense of the discipline – rooted in our traditional strengths, but confidently reaching out toward a wider world, reflecting the interconnections of the Silk Road, the North Sea, and the Mediterranean – to my work for the MAA

Michael D. Bailey. Professor of History, Iowa State University. B.A. Duke University Ph.D. Northwestern University.
Scholarly interests: Religious history, cultural history, magic and witchcraft, superstition, heresy, church reform.
Selected publications: Battling Demons: Witchcraft, Heresy, and Reform in the Late Middle Ages (2003); Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft (2003); Magic and Superstition in Europe: A Concise History from Antiquity to the Present (2007); Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies: The Boundaries of Superstition in Late Medieval Europe (2013).
Professional activities and service: Medieval Academy of America AHA Program Committee (2006-09); founding editor (2006-10), editorial board (2011-15), and associate editor (2016-present) of interdisciplinary journal Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft; editorial advisor, Cursor Mundi: Viator Studies of the Medieval and Early Modern World (2006-present); editorial board, History Compass (2009-present); Director of Graduate Studies, Iowa State University History Department (2009-10, 2012-15, 2016-present); interim chair, Iowa State University History Department (2015-16); Advisory Council, Iowa State University Center for Excellence in Arts and Humanities (2012-15); interim director, Iowa State University Center for Excellence in Arts and Humanities (2016-17); Fulbright Fellowship (1996-97); DAAD Fellowship (1997-98); Mellon Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (2003-04); Humboldt Fellowship (2007); Solmsen Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010-11).
Statement of Purpose:
As the Academy maintains its traditional focus on supporting excellent research and teaching in all areas of medieval studies, it should also look for ways to increase its appeal to a more diverse membership, including graduate students and larger numbers of junior faculty, as well as to audiences outside of academia that are interested in the Middle Ages. While serving several terms as my department’s graduate director and briefly as its interim chair, I have had good experiences building systems of mentorship for students and younger faculty, which I would hope to transfer to service on the Council. I would also be interested in seeing the Academy build more connections with scholars working in other fields. Medievalists are good at crossing boundaries, whether they be disciplinary, chronological, or geographic. My own scholarship on magic and witchcraft has frequently been informed by studies of early modern or even modern Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Institutional bridges can also be valuable, between scholarly organizations and among scholarly conferences. As a member of the Academy’s AHA Program Committee, I worked to ensure that medieval studies were represented at the American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting, and I sought to promote medieval panels that would attract a broad range of historians. Similar initiatives could be launched targeting other constituencies. In a world of ever-shrinking resources and, it seems, attention-spans, the Academy must strive to maintain the profile of medieval studies both within academia and beyond.

Elina Gertsman. Professor of Art History, Case Western Reserve University. PhD, MA: Boston University; BA: University of California, San Diego.
Scholarly interests: Art History Performance Studies Religious and Intellectual History.
Selected publications: Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna (2015); Crying in the Middle Ages: Tears of History (2011, 2013); The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages: Image, Text, Performance (2010); Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts (2008). Professional activities and service: International Center of Medieval Art: Board of Directors, 2015-18, 2011-13, Programs and Lectures Committee: 2012-2015 (Chair), 2010-12 (member); Medieval Academy Mentorship Program, 2011-date; editorial board member of Gesta: 2015-date; editorial board member of Studies in Iconography, standing; organizer/co-organizer of numerous sessions at College Art Association, the American History Association, ICMS at Kalamazoo, IMC at Leeds, and Byzantine Studies Association: 2005-date; conference organizer/co-organizer: 2005, University of Chicago (Performance/Performativity in the Middle Ages), 2009, Princeton (Liminal Spaces), 2011, CWRU / Cleveland Museum of Art (Recent Scholarship in Medieval Art). I am a grateful recipient of the MAA book subvention (2009) and the John Nicholas Brown Prize (2014). Most recently, I have collaborated with colleagues in various departments at my current institution to establish a graduate program in classical and medieval studies.
Statement of Purpose:
I would like to see the Academy widening its appeal and engaging broader audiences to best represent the plurality of fields and institutions that characterize our organization. One way to do so is to involve more scholars who study global cultural history, from medieval Eurasia to Africa to the Americas. Another is to foster interdisciplinary collaborations and create a fertile intellectual climate to nurture such collaborations. It is of paramount importance, moreover, to offer active support to graduate students, contingent faculty, and unaffiliated scholars; this can be implemented through expanded and diversified research, publications, and travel grants, as well as explicit encouragement to participate in the governance and activities of the Academy. I would like to see established a lecture series that would bring guest speakers to the universities where medieval studies are marginalized or non-existent. In turn, the pedagogical mission of the Academy can be extended to engage high-school educators, and help them teach the Middle Ages creatively and effectively. Our priority, I trust, is to foster intellectual adventurousness and open-mindedness without compromising the high standards for which the Academy is so well known. I have been active in the field for more than a decade as a committed scholar and educator, and have done my best to help shape it through sustained involvement in a wide range of professional activities (see above), including repeated service on the ICMA Board of Directors. It would be my honor to serve as councilor of the Medieval Academy.

Stacy S. Klein. Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University. PhD (English), Ohio State University, 1998; MA (Critical Theory), University of Sussex, 1992; BA (English) Dartmouth College, 1989.
Scholarly interests: Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture, Old English Poetry and Poetics, Gender and Sexuality, Later Medieval Literature, Material Culture and Daily Life, Childhood and Disability Studies.
Selected publications: Ruling Women: Queenship and Gender in Anglo-Saxon Literature (University of Notre Dame Press, 2006); The Maritime World of the Anglo-Saxons, ed. Stacy S. Klein, William Schipper and Shannon Lewis-Simpson (Tempe, AZ: ACMRS, 2015); "Reading Queenship in Cynewulf’s Elene,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 33 (2003): 47-89 (Winner of International Society of Anglo-Saxonists. Biennial Publication Prize for Best Essay on an Anglo-Saxon Topic, 2005); "Gender,” in A Handbook to Anglo-Saxon Studies, ed. Jacqueline Stodnick and Renée R. Trilling, Wiley-Blackwell Critical Theory Handbooks (Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 39-54.
Professional activities and service: Executive Director, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, 2008-11; Modern Language Association of America (MLA) Delegate Assembly, 2009-12; MLA Executive Committee of the Division on Old English Language and Literature, 2009-14; Founding Member and Core Faculty Advisor of Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium (2004-present); Editorial Board, Old English Newsletter Subsidia; Manuscript Reviewer for numerous presses and journals, including UTorontoP, UNotre DameP, Oxford UP, PMLA, Speculum, Exemplaria, JEGP, Philological Quarterly, Modern Philology, Review of English Studies, Journal of Homosexuality; Reviewer for the Year’s Work in English Studies, Old English poetry sections, 2002-10; Ohio State University Department of English Alumni Advisory Board, 2007-present; Evaluator for Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowships and SSHRC Fellowships (Canada); Recipient of Fellowships from the following: Institute for Research in the Humanities, UWisconsin-Madison, 2012-13; Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, 2005-06; Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2005-06; ACLS, 2001-02; NEH Summer Fellowship, 2001; Outstanding Faculty Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence and Service, Rutgers University, 2001; Associate Chair, Rutgers University, Department of English, 2011; Director of Graduate Placement, Rutgers University, Department of English, 2010-12, 2016-17.
Statement of Purpose:
If elected as a councilor to the Medieval Academy of America, I will work hard to further the MAA’s mission to conduct, encourage, promote and support research, publication and instruction in all areas of study concerning the Middle Ages. Chief goals include: increased participation of graduate students, international scholars, and researchers from traditionally under-represented disciplines. I also hope to further opportunities for MAA members to engage in ongoing learning. For example, we might have scholarly workshops at the annual MAA conference, such as "Old English for Beginners" or "A Taste of Numismatics"; a voluntary research exchange program for scholars from different disciplines to read one another’s work-in-progress; and on-line translation and manuscript studies groups to further our knowledge of languages and texts.  As former Executive Director of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (2008-11), I have deep experience in organizing a large, international and interdisciplinary scholarly organization, and in balancing the best of scholarly tradition with the changing intellectual climate and budgetary priorities of the 21st century. My work as co-founder of the New York/New Jersey Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium and also as Chair of the MLA Division on Old English Language and Literature have given me further experience integrating the energies and fresh ideas of the graduate community while maintaining the quality and depth of ideas found in research conferences led by more seasoned scholars. I am honored to have been nominated to the governing Council of the MAA and eager to serve. 

Sara Lipton. Professor of History, Stony Brook University. Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, Yale University (1991); B.A. in Medieval Studies, Barnard College (1984).
Scholarly interests: Religious and Cultural History (1000-1400), Jewish-Christian Relations, Material and Visual Culture, Rhetoric and Violence.
Selected publications: Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography (New York: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 2014); Images of Intolerance: The Representation of Jews and Judaism in the Bible moralisée (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1999) "Isaac and Antichrist in the Archives,” Past and Present 232 (August 2016); "The Sweet Lean of His Head: Writing about Looking at the Crucifix in the High Middle Ages,”  Speculum 80:4 (2005).
Professional activities and service: Editorial Board, The Medieval Review (2013-2016); Commentator, Jews and Money: An Investigation Into a Myth,  documentary film (2013); Publications Committee, MAA (2016-); Program Committee, MAA (2014-2016); John Nicholas Brown Book Prize Committee, MAA (2011-2012); Editorial Board, Documents of Practice series, The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages (2007-); Board of Directors, International Center for Medieval Art (2004-2007); Has held received the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award, Association for Jewish Studies (2015) and the John Nicholas Brown Book Prize (2003), and fellowships from Oxford University, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers (NYPL), the Howard Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the NEH.  Elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2014).
Statement of Purpose:
As all of my degrees are in Medieval Studies, and my work straddles several disciplines (history, art, religion), the MAA has always been my primary and most natural academic home.  I attend the Annual Meeting as often as possible in order to meet up with colleagues from a range of fields and disciplines and learn about developments in those areas and more.  I have served on numerous MAA committees and have had first-hand exposure to the interests and concerns of its members.  Most recently, as a member of the Publications Committee I have, together with my colleagues, been grappling with the challenges and potential benefits of digital publishing.  As a member of the Council I would hope to focus on three areas.  First, like so many of our members I am concerned with erosion of support for the humanities, especially although not exclusively in public university systems.  I have made a point of sharing the implications of my research with general public through Op-Ed pieces and non-academic talks; I think this is one of several ways we might highlight the value of our work.  Second, I hope to help the MAA in its on-going project to embrace and promote scholarship and teaching in non-Christian and non-European medieval experiences.  Finally, like anyone who supervises graduate students, I am concerned about the young people just entering our profession.  I believe we need as a community to address this issue by studying recent employment patterns, examining admissions strategies, and coordinating employment support.

Therese Martin. Científica Titular/Tenured Researcher, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid. MA and PhD, University of Pittsburgh; BS, Boston University.
Scholarly interests: The intersections of medieval Iberia’s multiple cultures; women’s involvement with medieval art and architecture; Romanesque construction and decoration.
Selected publications: ed., Reassessing the Roles of Women as "Makers” of Medieval Art and Architecture, 2 vols. (Leiden, 2012; paperback, 2015); Queen as King: Politics and Architectural Propaganda in Twelfth-Century Spain (Leiden, 2006); "Crouching Crossbowmen in Early Twelfth-Century Sculpture: A Nasty, Brutish, and Short(-Lived) Iconography,” in Gesta 54, no. 2 (2015), pp. 143-164 (awarded the Charles Julian Bishko Prize, best article 2015, Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies); "The Art of a Reigning Queen as Dynastic Propaganda in Twelfth-Century Spain,” Speculum 80, no. 4 (2005), pp. 1134-1171.
Professional activities and service: PI, "Reassessing the Roles of Women as ‘Makers’ of Medieval Art and Architecture” (1,200,000€, European Research Council Starting Grant, 2010-15); PI, "The Medieval Treasury across Frontiers and Generations: The Kingdom of León-Castilla in the Context of Muslim-Christian Interchange, c. 1050-1200” (National Excellence in Research Grant, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity, 2016-18). Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (elected 2016). Executive Editorial Boards: Archivo Español de Arte, Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies. Fulbright Spain Selection Committee (2011-12). Reviewer, international grant applications: Agencia Nacional de Evaluación y Prospectiva, Spain; American Philosophical Society; Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, Programa FONDECYT, Chile; Fund for Scientific Research-FNRS, Belgium; Getty Foundation; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada. Article and manuscript reviewer for thirteen journals and seven presses. Medieval Academy of America Publications Advisory Board (member 2007-09, Chair 2010). Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Bishko Prize Committee (2011). American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies, Tufts Book Award Committee (2005-06, 2009-10). International Center of Medieval Art, Board of Directors International Associate (elected 2014), and Chair, First Annual Book Prize Committee (2016-18).
Statement of Purpose: As an American scholar with tenure at a Spanish research institution and as a frequent mentor to emerging scholars on both sides of the Atlantic, I am well positioned to offer a voice to both old- and new-world concerns, especially the challenges faced by junior scholars in advancing their research and careers. I therefore hope to contribute to the Medieval Academy’s growing efforts to welcome and support emerging members of our community. I have been consistently active at Kalamazoo and Leeds as a mentor for the MAA and for the Medieval Feminist Association; I believe that we must do still more to help our junior colleagues find their place, both within and outside academia. We should think creatively to develop more opportunities for research funding but also for professional training, such as the new postdoc at Speculum and the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie grants ( I am committed to building international connections, as in my recently completed project funded by the ERC, which included scholars and doctoral students from five countries ( Similarly, in my new Spanish national grant, American and European postdocs work together with senior scholars from four countries. Within my projects, team members also cross disciplinary boundaries, as I hold true that scholars from different specializations--especially across the art history/history and Latin/Arabic divides--benefit from incorporating complementary areas within their own research. As a councillor of MAA, my key contribution would be to promote interdisciplinary and professional opportunities for emerging scholars through increased international networks.

Stephen J. Shoemaker. Professor of Religious Studies, University of Oregon. M.A., Ph.D., Duke University (Religion)  B.A., Emory University (Religion and Classical Studies).
Scholarly interests: Christianity in Late Antiquity/Early Middle Ages; The Rise of Islam in relation to Late Antiquity; Christianity in Byzantium.
Selected publications: Three Christian Martyrdoms from Early Islamic Palestine: The Passion of Peter of Capitolias (d. 715), the Passion of Romanos (d. 780), and the Twenty Martyrs of Mar Saba (d. 797) (Georgian and Greek texts with translation), 2016;  The Death of a Prophet: The End of Muhammad’s Life  and the Beginnings of Islam, 2012; Maximus the Confessor, The Life of the Virgin: Translated, with an  Introduction and Notes, 2012; Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Mary’s Dormition and Assumption, 2002.
Professional activities and service: I have previously served as director of the University of Oregon's Medieval Studies Program.  I am currently editor of the Journal of Early Christian Studies, which covers the study of Christianity up to the year 800.
Statement of Purpose: If given the opportunity to serve on the Council, I would encourage the Academy to engage more actively with the various medieval cultures of the Mediterranean world in relation to the civilizations of western Europe that long have been the main focus of its policies and programming. While it is encouraging to see some movement in this direction at recent annual meetings, I believe more could be done. My own research has led me to conclude that better integration across these different "fields” of medieval studies is both crucial for the future of the discipline as a whole and mutually beneficial for the various subfields. For example, one area in which I have worked, the history of Christian piety, presently requires better dialogue among medievalists in order to progress. Western medievalists will benefit from understanding the earlier development of many important practices in the East, while scholars of late antiquity and Byzantinsts have much to learn from the sophisticated tradition of scholarship on this topic in the medieval West. Likewise, the history of the medieval Islamic world, and especially the rise of Islam, needs to be brought into deeper conversation with the other contemporary cultures of the Mediterranean. Just such a view of the Middle Ages prevails at my home institution, the University of Oregon, where our Medieval Studies program, which I have previously directed, has been committed from its foundation to an understanding of the Middle Ages that includes the Christian East and the Islamic world as equals alongside the Latin West.

Andrea Tarnowski. Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature; Chair, Department of French and Italian, Dartmouth College.  PhD., MA, French literature, Yale University; DEA, licence, Université de Paris III; pensionnaire étrangère ENS Ulm, Paris; BA, Amherst College. Scholarly interests: Late medieval French literature; the Hundred Years War; mirrors for the prince; allegory; translation; manuscript production and illustration; Franco-Italian cultural exchange.
Selected publications:
 "Alain Chartier's Singularity,” in Alain Chartier (c.1385-1430), père de l'éloquence française, ed. Emma Cayley, Daisy Delogu and Joan McRae. Leiden: Brill, 2015. 33-56; "To Console and Control: Philippe de Mézières' Epistre lamentable et consolatoire," Digital Philology 2.2 (2013):181-200; Meaning and Its Objects: Material Culture in Medieval and Renaissance France, co-editor with Margaret Burland and David Laguardia (Yale French Studies 110, 2006); editor and translator, Le livre du chemin de longue étude (Librairie Générale Française/Livre de Poche, Lettres gothiques, 2000).
Professional activities and service:
Selection Committee for MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone studies, 2011-2013 (chair 2013)); Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Awards Committee, 2009-2011 (chair 2011); MLA Divisional Council representative, Division of French Medieval Literature and Language (2005-2008); director of the Humanities course sequence, Dartmouth College, 2014-2016 (co-director 2016); HERS Wellesley Leadership Institute Wellesley, MA, 2015-16; ADE-ADFL Summer Seminar East, Arlington, VA (June 2015); student-participant, Rare Books School, University of Virginia (July 2016).
Statement of Purpose:
The MAA Council serves as the hub for information on the work of the organization's committees, from the Publications Advisory Board to the groups that organize MAA-sponsored sessions at conferences such as Kalamazoo and Leeds. The Council has a particularly valuable connection to the advocacy efforts of CARA, the Committee on Centers, Programs, Regional Associations and Libraries. Councillors are thus in a strong position both to assess trends in medieval scholarship and pedagogy, and to address the needs of individual scholars and institutions. I would offer experience and skill in fostering communication with a variety of constituents to help ensure that the Medieval Academy's initiatives benefit the communities it represents.





Eric Goldberg. Associate professor of History, M.I.T. Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1998 B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1991.
Scholarly interests: Early Middle Ages, Late Antiquity, Merovingian and Carolingian Europe, Anglo-Saxon England, political culture, aristocracy, hunting, masculinity.
Selected publications: "Louis the Pious and the Hunt,” Speculum 88 (2013), 1-31; "‘The Hunt Belongs to Man’: Some Neglected Treatises Related to Hunting and Falconry from the Court of Louis the German,” in Cullen J. Chandler et al. (eds.), Discovery and Distinction in the Early Middle Ages: Studies in Honor of John J. Contreni (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2013), 31-56; Struggle for Empire: Kingship and Conflict under Louis the German, 817-876 (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2006); "Popular Revolt, Dynastic Politics, and Aristocratic Factionalism in the Early Middle Ages: the Saxon Stellinga Reconsidered,” Speculum 70 (1995), 467-501.
Professional activities and service: MAA annual meeting Program Committee, 2016 Co-organizer of Carolingian Studies sessions, MAA annual meeting, 2016 Steering Committee, New England Medieval Conference, 2015-present.
Statement of Purpose: As a member of the Nominating Committee, I would seek to ensure that the governance of the Medieval Academy of America continues to reflect the great strengths, depth, and diversity of Medieval Studies in North America. In particular, as an historian of early medieval Europe I am eager to encourage diversity in disciplinary specializations, chronological interests, methodological approaches, as well as gender and ethnicity in candidates for officer elections. By having excellent and diverse candidates run for officer elections, the Medieval Academy of America can continue to play a vital role in scholarship and education in the North America. I have long been eager to play a more active role in the governance of the MAA, and serving on the Nominating Committee would give me the opportunity to do this.

Bernice M. Kaczynski
. Professor of History Emerita, McMaster University and Professor, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto,. BA (Classics), University of Pittsburgh; MPhil, PhD (Medieval Studies), Yale University.
Scholarly interests: Translation (Latin and Greek), Monasticism.
Selected publications: Greek in the Carolingian Age: The St. Gall Manuscripts (Cambridge, MA, 1988); Editor and Contributor, The Oxford Handbook of Christian Monasticism, with Thomas Sullivan, OSB, as Advisory Editor (Oxford, forthcoming).
Professional activities and service: The Journal of Medieval Latin: Founding Associate Editor, 1989-96; Review Editor, 1996-2011; Associate Editor, 2011-present.
Statement of Purpose: My current role as editor of The Oxford Handbook of Christian Monasticism has prompted me to think anew about our discipline, its place within the academic community, and the directions medieval scholarship might take in the future. Essays by some forty-five scholars address the Christian experience of monasticism across a broad span of time, reaching from late Antiquity to the present, and incorporating many different disciplinary approaches. The contribution of medievalists to the project is considerable. Medievalists have, collectively, long experience in the study of monasticism, and the interdisciplinarity that has become a routine part of our training and research has led in many cases to an enviable theoretical sophistication. But there is much we can learn from comparing our work to that of colleagues in late ancient studies, early modern studies, and more recent and contemporary fields. I should like to see the MAA encourage its members to undertake such ventures and to seek more active links with other communities and professional associations. This would be useful both generally, for the advancement of Medieval Studies within our own institutions, as well as personally and intellectually, for the intrinsic satisfactions of embarking on new lines of research and more varied modes of scholarly engagement.

Susan R. Kramer
. Visiting Medieval Fellow , Fordham University. Ph.D. Columbia University; M.A. Columbia University; J.D. University of Chicago Law School; B.A. Amherst College.
Scholarly interests: Western-European Intellectual and Religious History (ca. 1000-1400), Biblical Exegesis, Religious Violence, Selfhood and Identity, School Culture.
Selected publications: Sin, Interiority, and Selfhood in the Twelfth-Century West (Toronto: PIMS, 2015); "Understanding Contagion:  The Contaminating Effect of Another’s Sin,” in History in the Comic Mode, Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person, eds., Rachel Fulton and Bruce Holsinger (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007) (with Caroline Bynum); "Revisiting the Twelfth-Century Individual.  The Inner Self and the Christian Community,” in Das Eigene und das Ganze. Zum Individuellen im mittelalterlichen Religiosentum, G. Melville and M. Sch¸rer (eds.) (2002) 57-68; "‘We speak to God with our thoughts’:  Abelard and the Implications of Private Communication with God,” Church History 69 (2000) 18-40.
Professional activities and service: Fordham Medieval Fellow (9/2016-12/2016); Medieval Academy of America: Olivia Remie Constable Award Committee, Chair (2016), Member (2015); Legal Information for Families Today, a not-for-profit, legal-services organization: Board Member (2014- present), Strategic Planning Committee, Member (2014-2015).
Statement of Purpose:
As the MAA approaches its centenary, I would like to see the organization further two specific goals, both of which fall within its founding mission-statement.  The first is to promote medieval scholarship by raising its visibility among non-specialists. On the one hand, this contributes to the larger goal of stressing the continuing need for education in the humanities. Many undergraduate institutions are actively discussing both the values of a liberal arts education and the specific skills honed through the fields that constitute medieval studies. The MAA has already taken steps to promote the study of medieval culture in secondary schools as well. The MAA could benefit also from synergies with cultural organizations, both public and private, whose purposes are educational but who serve non-academic communities. The second goal is to promote more opportunities for collaborative research, especially for scholars who are not full-time members of academic institutions. As someone who has taught as visiting and adjunct faculty and also has experience in the corporate, non-profit world, I believe that I can contribute to fulfilling these goals.

Eric M. Ramírez-Weaver. Associate Professor, University of Virginia. B.A., SUNY Fredonia (1995); M.A. in Philosophy, Syracuse University (1998); A.S., Studio, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (1999); M.A. in Art History, Syracuse University (2002); Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (2008).
Scholarly interests: Carolingian and Bohemian manuscript illumination; history of medieval astronomy and astrology; cosmology; diagrams; medieval science in a cultural context.
Selected publications: A Saving Science: Capturing the Heavens in Carolingian Manuscripts (University Park: Penn St UP, 2017); "Reading the Heavens: Revelation and Reification in the Astronomical Anthology for Wenceslas IV,” Gesta 53, no. 1 (2014): 73-94; "‘So that you can understand this better’: Art, Science, and Cosmology for Courtiers in William of Conches’ Dragmaticon Philosophiae,” in Diagramm und Text: Diagrammatische Strukturen und die Dynamisierung von Wissen und Erfahrung, Überstorfer Colloquium 2012, eds. Eckart Conrad Lutz, Vera Jerjen, and Christine Putzo (Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2014), 319-48; "Islamic Silver for Carolingian Reforms and the Buddha-Image of Helgö: Rethinking Carolingian Connections with the East, 790–820,” in China and Beyond in the Mediaeval Period: Cultural Crossings and Inter-Regional Connections, eds. Dorothy Wong and Gustav Heldt (New Delhi: Manohar, 2014), 171-86.
Professional activities and service: Board of Directors, International Center of Medieval Art (2013-16); Book Review Editor of Manuscripta (since 2014).
Statement of Purpose:
As one of the premier professional organizations representing researchers at work on all aspects of medieval cultural history, the Medieval Academy is at a crossroads. Digital technologies and research initiatives flourish at present alongside longstanding archival and document oriented textual investigations. Web-based research projects have created novel opportunities for scholarly exploration and collaboration, enhancing the possibilities for new forms of academic cooperation and modalities of scholarship.  Electronic resources have also accelerated the pace of traditional approaches to the study of the arts, histories, and languages of a medieval world that is now celebrated more than ever for evidence of global interaction, as well as, its multifarious regional specificities. As a member of the Nominating Committee, I would consider it primarily my task to recommend a diverse slate of candidates that reflect the burgeoning scope and breadth of interests maintained by our intellectual communities. In other words, rather than shrinking in significance, Medieval Studies remains deeply relevant to current cultural debates and to the most innovative scholarly programs. Selecting individuals, who can recommend best practices for the present, while building upon the Medieval Academy’s tradition of excellence, should carry us with vision and confidence into a shared future, respecting the fact that our constituency is as varied today as the historic period we study. Building upon my experience as a board member of the ICMA, and numerous contacts worldwide, I would nominate representative leaders who will define a new era of medieval studies.







































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