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Slate of Candidates for MAA Election 2020


Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski. Distinguished Professor of French, University of Pittsburgh. B.A. Bonn University, Germany; B.A. Rutgers University (Douglass College); PhD Princeton University. Statement of Purpose: When I was a graduate student the MAA seemed to me a closed and privileged association of older male scholars. All this has changed thanks to the excellent leadership of the last few decades: the MAA has become a vibrant, welcoming association that serves as a strong advocate for our field and the humanities in general. Among the many ways I served the MAA I consider the committee on professional development, supporting young scholars, one of the most important. Given the precarious job market, we need to make every effort to support independent scholars and part-time faculty through research and travel grants. As an immigrant to the US, co-organizer of several international conferences, and one of the editors of the Routledge series “Sanctity in Global Perspective” I believe we need even more initiatives aimed at including international scholars in our activities and broadening the European focus that still dominates. As a former department chair and director of a Medieval/Renaissance Program, I am aware of the threats to medievalist positions and programs. I would like to offer resources to colleagues whose fields and positions are threatened within their institutions by sharing successful strategies on our website. Within American society we have to continue to agitate for the humanities and encourage even more medievalists to speak out in public forums like op-eds and web publications to combat the myth of the “dark ages” and the misuse of medieval concepts for racist and nationalistic purposes. Scholarly interests: French literature and history; women’s history; religious history; translation. Selected publications: Reading Myth: Classical Mythology and its Interpretations in Medieval French Literature (Stanford, 1997). Poets, Saints, and Visionaries of the Great Schism (1378-1417) (University Park, PA, 2006). The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims (d. 1396): A Medieval Woman between Demons and Saints (Philadelphia, 2015). Philippe de Mézières et l’Europe: nouvelle histoire, nouveaux espaces, nouveaux langages. Co-edited with Joël Blanchard (Geneva, 2017). Professional activities and service: Publication advisory board (2017-) ; Chair, Nominating Committee; (2013) ; Book review editor Speculum (French), 2007-12 ; By-Law Committee 2011 ; Professional Development 2005-09 ; Nominating Committee 2001-03 ; Councillor 1998-2000. Other: Chair, Department of French and Italian, U. of Pittsburgh 2010-13; Director Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, U. of Pittsburgh, 1996-2003; Program director, Hagiography Society, 1999-2003 ; Governing Board Princeton U. Grad Alumni 2005-08. MLA Division Chair, French Medieval Literature and Language 1993. Recipient of NEH and ACLS grants; research grant at Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton; Florence Gould Foundation and Delmas Foundation grants for conference at U. of Nicosia, Cyprus. Evaluator for NEH, ACLS, American Philosophical Society, Canadian Research Council, Hungarian Research Council, Israeli Science Foundation. Co-founder and co-director (with Alison Frazier) of the series “Sanctity in Global Perspective” (Routledge). Editorial boards: Brepols, Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts; Medievalia et Humanistica; Cahiers de recherches médiévales et Humanistes.





Thomas E. A. Dale. Professor of Art History; Director of the Medieval Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison. B.A.  Trinity College, University of Toronto; M.A. & Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Statement of Purpose: As the leading institution for the promotion of medieval studies in North America, The Medieval Academy faces two interrelated challenges that also offer great opportunities for strengthening our mission as we prepare to celebrate our centennial.   The first challenge is a general misunderstanding of, and frequent misrepresentation of the history and culture of the Middle Ages in the public sphere.  This has led to the promotion of nationalist and racist myths about the Middle Ages promoted by extremist political groups, but also to the under-representation of people of color within medieval studies disciplines.  Beyond the support we already offer for a more inclusive, global and intercultural vision of the Middle Ages in scholarly publications, I would like to see us develop and support educational programs including curricular units, class visits, exhibitions, and online resources--offered to public schools, and communities in partnership with universities, libraries and museums.  A second challenge is the general trend in higher education to diminish investment in the humanities as increasing numbers of students gravitate towards STEM.  I support the Medieval Academy’s efforts to advocate for the crucial importance of medieval studies within liberal arts curricula.  We need to do all we can to support faculty positions in medieval studies with grants for research, travel and publication grants for scholars at all stages of their careers. I would like to see us put together guidelines to help Medieval Studies programs and individual departments make the case for faculty positions and resource allocations. Scholarly interests: globalism and cultural exchange in medieval art; art, ritual, materiality and the senses in medieval Christianity; Romanesque art; hagiography, relics and reliquaries; medieval Venice; death and the afterlife. Selected publications: Pygmalion’s Power: Romanesque Sculpture, the Senses, and Religious Experience (Pennsylvania State University Press, forthcoming 2019); contributor and co-editor with John Mitchell, Shaping Sacred Space and Institutional Identity in Romanesque Mural Painting (Pindar Press, 2004);  “Monsters, Corporeal Deformities and Phantasms in the Cloister of Saint-Michel de Cuxa,” Art Bulletin 83, no. 3 (2001):402-436; Relics, Prayer, and Politics in Medieval Venetia: Romanesque Mural Painting in the Crypt of Aquileia Cathedral (Princeton University Press, 1997). Professional activities and service: Director of Medieval Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2016-present); Board of Directors, International Center of Medieval Art (2017-present); Chair, Nominating Committee, Medieval Academy of America, 2016-17;  Chair, Department of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008- 2014); Member, Nominating Committee, International Center of Medieval Art (2013-14);  Member, Nominating Committee, Medieval Academy of America (2011-12); Selection Committee, Medieval Studies, Rome Prize Fellowships, American Academy (2009); Professeur invité at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (May-June, 2008); Van Courtland Elliott Prize Committee, Medieval Academy of America (2006-08);  Program Committee, Byzantine Studies Conference, Athens, Georgia  (2005);  Board of Directors, International Center of Medieval Art (2000-03); Newsletter Editor, International Center of Medieval Art (2001-03); book manuscript reviewer for Pennsylvania State University Press; Yale University Press; University of Chicago Press; article reviewer for Art Bulletin, Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Gesta, Speculum





Maureen C. Miller Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley. PhD Harvard 1989; MA The Catholic University of America 1983; BA The American University 1981. Statement of Purpose: No longer largely a male club, the Medieval Academy today is a vibrant professional organization seeking new ways to support its members and the field at large. It must continue to strive for greater inclusivity, welcoming all scholars who work on all parts of the medieval world, particularly young medievalists, those in new and emerging research specialties, and those marginalized by race, class, religion, gender, sexuality, disability, or professional status. As a professional organization we are enriched and strengthened by diversity. The Academy needs to continue and deepen efforts to ensure that its benefits and opportunities are equally accessible to all members based on qualifications, not connections. I would like to see the Academy explore ways it could better support economically challenged undergraduates from under-represented minorities in choosing graduate work in medieval studies. Scholarly interests: medieval Italy, ecclesiastical history, material culture, archives and documentary forms. Selected publications: Clothing the Clergy: Virtue and Power in Medieval Europe, c. 800-1200 (2014); Power and the Holy in the Age of the Investiture Conflict: A Brief Documentary History (2005); The Bishop's Palace: Architecture and Authority in Medieval Italy (2000); The Formation of a Medieval Church: Ecclesiastical Change in Verona, 950-1150 (1993). Professional activities and service: MAA Fellows Nominating Committee, 2017-2020; Lead PI, UC Multi-campus Research Initiative The Middle Ages in the Wider World, 2017-2018; John Gilmary Shea Prize Committee, American Catholic Historical Association, 2016-2018; Chair, Medieval Studies jury for the Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome, 2014; MAA Councilor and member of the Executive Committee, 2012-2015; Book Review Editor, The Medieval Review, 2011-2013; Advisory Editor, The Catholic Historical Review, 2009-2015; Member of Executive Council, Society for Italian Historical Studies, 1997-2002.



Lisa Bitel Dean's Professor of Religion & Professor of History, University of Southern California. Harvard University, Ph.D., History (1987) Harvard University, A.M., History (1983) Smith College, A.B., History (1980). Statement of Purpose: Recent candidates for the Council of the Medieval Academy of America have proposed diversifying, technologizing, and democratizing the MAA. I have helped lead the MAA into the digital future as Chair of the Digital Advisory Board and co-developer of Medieval Digital Resources. I believe that our organization has made good progress toward creating a more accessible, diverse, outward-looking organization. Now, however, we must return to the Academy's main purpose: to encourage and promote the study of the medieval world. Our field has been expropriated by ill-informed political partisans, squeezed out of curricula at all levels, and increasingly ignored by mainstream media. Yet at the same time popular medievalism has blossomed in film, digital publications, and social media, as well as in the real world of protests and violence. We medievalist scholars have a responsibility to defend and define the rich and distant past that is our shared project. I want to work with colleagues to find ways of (re)educating both academic and popular audiences about the value of Medieval Studies. We can begin, first, by contributing as public intellectuals to mainstream media (e.g. writing popular pieces for digital magazines.) Second, we can develop new platforms for publication (e.g. digital projects, graphic publications) to augment our printed scholarship.  Finally, third, the MAA must find more ways to wield its institutional authority within academe (e.g. as an advocate with funding agencies, national educational associations, university councils.). Scholarly interests: Late antique/early medieval Europe; study of religions; landscape and material culture; gender; Britain & Ireland; Celtic Studies; the historical supernatural. Selected publications: Our Lady of the Rock: Vision and Pilgrimage in the Mojave Desert (Cornell University Press, Feb 2015.); Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Christianized Barbarian Europe (Oxford University Press, 2009);  Women in Early Medieval Europe, 300-1100 (Cambridge University Press, 2002); Isle of the Saints: Monastic Settlement and Christian Community in Early Ireland (Cornell University Press, 1990.). Professional activities and service: Fellow, elected, MAA (2016) Fellow, elected, USC Society of Fellows (2016.) ACLS review committee, Burckhardt Fellowships (2015-18). Director of the Digital Advisory Board, MAA (2015-17). Co-creator of Medieval Digital Resources (with Maryanne Kowalesk, 2016); Chair of Electronic Publications and Electronic Technology Committees, MAA (2010-13). Program Committee, MAA (2014, 1996). Editorial board, Material Religion (2008-); Feminae (2003-); TMR (2012-14); H-medieval (2014-16); Journal of Women's History, (1998-2005) et al.; Director of Monastic Matrix (2003-2013). Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Program Committee (2012-15). Society for Medieval Feminist Studies Board of Advisors (2001-2004, elected), SMFS Committee on Electronic Publications (2004-2005). American Historical Society, Baxter Book Prize Committee (2005-2007). Chair, Department of Religion, USC (2017-19); Chair, Gender Studies Program, USC (2007-2010).

Travis Bruce Assistant Professor, McGill University, Department of History and Classical Studies. PhD, Western Michigan University; Doctorat, Université de Toulouse; D.E.A., Université de Poitiers; Maîtrise, Université de Poitiers; Licentiate, Université de Poitiers; Bachelors, Portland State University. Statement of Purpose: As a member of the Olivia Remie Constable Award Committee, I am aware of the challenges that many of our colleagues face gaining access to the research opportunities and resources that others might take for granted. As an American with international training, now working in Canada, and specializing in Mediterranean intercultural relations, I also see the wide range of scholars who dedicate so much of their lives to medieval studies. That diversity spans economic and social backgrounds, as well as various ethnic or religious heritages. As the MAA continues to change along with the rest of Academia, it is essential that we promote paths that reflect our diversity, paths that allow access to medieval studies for people from multiple backgrounds, and paths that diverge towards multiple professions. This is why I believe in initiatives such as the Constable Award and other efforts to support precarious and underrepresented medievalists outside and within the tenure stream. Sitting on the Constable Award Committee is a particular honor for me as a Mediterraneanist, and as a councillor I would also like to promote the multiplicity of the subjects we encompass as a body. Both of these concerns, precarity and diversity, provide many opportunities for us to work towards a more inclusive academy, and to engage with the public. This not only enriches our profession, but also helps dispel miscomprehensions about our field and gainsay those who point to the Middle Ages as a time of social, religious, and ethnic purity. Scholarly Interests:  Mediterranean; Medieval Spain; Medieval Italy; al-Andalus; Medieval Islam; Translation studies; Power, religion, and identity; Intercultural communications; History and historiography; Medieval frontiers. Selected publications: La taifa de Denia et la Méditerranée au XIe siècle. Toulouse: CNRS-Université de Toulouse, 2013; Negotiating Trade: Commercial Institutions and Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Medieval and Early Modern World, special issue of Mediaevalia. 32 (2011), co-edited with Dana Stewart; “The taifa of Denia and the Jewish networks of the medieval Mediterranean: a study of the Cairo Geniza and other documents.” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 18.2 (2018): 147-66; “Commercial conflict resolution across the religious divide in the thirteenth-century Mediterranean.” Mediterranean Historical Review 30.1 (2015): 19-38. Professional Activities and Service: Olivia Remie Constable Award Committee (2019-21); Director McGill Medievalists (2019-); MAA Graduate Student Mentorship Program (as mentor, 2015, 2019); Tilford Faculty Fellow for developing diversity-related curricula, Wichita State University, (2014-2016); Session co-organizer at ICMS (2013, 2014); Presentations at MAA (2014, 2018); Fellowships and grants from SSHRC, FRQSC, NEH, Fulbright Commission.

William Caferro. Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History/Interim Director and Professor of Classics and Mediterranean Studies, Vanderbilt University. Haverford College BA (1984, majored in history at Bryn Mawr College) Yale University PhD (1992). Statement of Purpose: I envision an inclusive MAA, which is as open to independent scholars and those with prestigious faculty positions. I think the MAA is in very good hands, but I would like to see more panels on economic history, which has not received its due, and, as we move toward globality, greater inclusion of the work of scholars of medieval China, India, Africa, etc. As we set up our Global Middle Ages at Vandy, it is clear that there are strong overlapping thematics and that it is not in fact accurate to place any of us in a single sub-field. There are major historical issues that connect us. As in my current work, I would also like to see literary critics in more forceful and concerted dialogue with historians and vice versa; and historians in dialogue with archaeologists, etc.  I would also like to see the MAA more generally grow and increase its membership. It pains me that the RSA has become so large and international, and that as an Italianist (whose work touches war), my colleagues in the field chose that venue first, based on the greater participation of foreign scholars, centrality of Italy at the conference and the interesting venues. It creates an unnecessary disciplinary divide that I'd like to see erased. Finally, I work at a school in the American south and am. always concerned about balanced regional representation in the MAA. Scholarly interests: medieval Italy, economic history, war and economy, historiography, defining Renaissance in terms of Middle Ages, pedagogy. Selected publications: Petrarch's War: Florence and the Black Death in Context (Cambridge, 2018); “Dante, Riccobaldo and Empire,” Dante Studies (December 2017), pp. 135-155; John Hawkwood, An English Mercenary in Fourteenth-Century Italy (John Hopkins, 2006); Teaching History (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2019). Professional activities and service: I currently serve on the executive board of the Dante Society of America (since 2017); I have been DUS and DGS of the History department at Vanderbilt, am currently directing Classics and Mediterranean Studies (for a year). I have run an interdisciplinary faculty program in Classics and Medieval history (with Tom McGinn) and then a Premodern Cultural Studies program (with Leah Marcus) and now a Global Premodern studies group (with Jessie Hock and Samira Shiekh) at our Robert Penn Warren Center. I am, along with Lynn Ramey (in French) putting together a Global Medieval Studies Certificate Program for next year and hopefully many years to come. I collaborate regularly with colleagues across the curriculum on various scholarly projects.

Seeta Chaganti. Professor, University of California, Davis. PhD, Yale University; MA, Georgetown University; AB, Harvard University. Statement of Purpose: The language of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) has become ubiquitous in the genres of candidate and organizational statements. But I am more interested in helping the MAA work toward justice, both within medieval studies and beyond it. I am willing to confront and render uncomfortable those most resistant to the change and sacrifice necessary to achieve these goals. My work with Medievalists of Color (MOC) has given me many valuable opportunities to analyze the relationship between scholarship and activism and to develop techniques for catalyzing institutional change. I have been especially fortunate to learn from the ECRs and the most vulnerable members of MOC, who often take the greatest risks. Drawing on this experience and perspective, I will bring issues of racial, gender, and social justice to the forefront of the MAA’s mission, encouraging its leadership and members to continue developing ways for medieval studies as an academic discipline to intervene into political and social issues. I will advocate for the rights and perspectives of ECR’s, independent and contingent scholars, and any group who has not historically felt welcome, safe, respected, or heard in this organization. In particular, I will take the side of and support the Academy's most vulnerable members, even if that means refusing abstract rights discourses forwarded by those who would threaten and harm. Scholarly interests: Middle English and Old French poetry and performance, Old English, medieval England and modern critical race theory. Selected publications: Strange Footing: Poetic Form and Dance in the Late Middle Ages (University of Chicago Press, 2018). "The Platea Pre- and Postmodern: A Landscape of Medieval Performance Studies." Exemplaria 25.3 (2013): 252-64. "Vestigial Signs: Inscription, Performance, and the Dream of the Rood," PMLA 125.1 (2010): 48-72. The Medieval Poetics of the Reliquary (Palgrave, 2008). Professional activities and service: Steering Committee Member, Medievalists of Color; Executive Board Member, Race before Race; Trustee, New Chaucer Society (2018-22); Interim Director, UC Davis Humanities Institute (2013).

Elina Gertsman. Professor, Case Western Reserve University. Ph.D., Boston University, 2004, MA, 2000; BA, University of California San Diego, 1998. Statement of Purpose: I appreciate the Academy's long-standing emphasis on quality and scholarly integrity, and appreciate even more the steps it has taken to broaden the fields of inquiry it supports. My goal is to continue upholding the Academy’s charge to be inclusive, to acknowledge and embrace the ways that our fields have so radically changed in the past decade. A great believer in the value of mentorship, I  would like to further the Academy's efforts to advocate on behalf of graduate students and to help them enter the constantly shifting professional terrain. I would also be a supporter of contingent faculty and independent scholars, encouraging the Academy to continue looking for resources to aid those off tenure track. One of our most important mandates, I think, is the ongoing collaboration across disciplines and fields, not only in research but also in teaching: the only way we can hope to explore medieval cultures globally. This, at least, has been my experience: two years ago, I launched a successful series of courses co-taught with a curator of Indian and Southeast Asian art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I would therefore be a champion for the development of pedagogical resources geared toward effective approaches to teaching a global Middle Ages—a fraught and difficult topic, as the most recent Academy meeting in Philadelphia amply demonstrated. Such resources, I believe, would be  imperative to combat the unremitting misrepresentation and downright hijacking of medieval cultures that we have experienced in our recent past. Scholarly interests: Medieval material culture; global Middle Ages; image theory; reception; polyfunctionality of objects; emotion and affectivity. Selected publications: The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages: Image, Text, Performance (Brepols, 2010), Crying in the Middle Ages: Tears of History, ed. (Routledge, 2011), Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna (Penn State, 2015), The Middle Ages in 50 Objects, with Barbara Rosenwein (Cambridge, 2018). Professional activities and service: Professional service to the International Center of Medieval Art includes serving on Board of Directors (2015-18, 2011-13, nominated again this year); chairing Programs and Lectures Committee (2012-2015), and serving on Programs and Lectures Committee Member (2010-12). Editorial service: editorial board member for Gesta (2015-18) and Studies in Iconography (standing); Book Placement Editor for H-France: (2014-17). Have been serving as occasional grant reviewer for American Council for Learned Societies (Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships), American Academy in Berlin, The Wellcome Trust, and Israel Science Foundation; and book/article reviewer for various journals and presses. At Case Western Reserve University, I serve as the Director of Graduate Studies (2017 to date); as the organizer of Julius Fund Lectures for Medieval Art (2010 to date); and as Chair of the Graduate Admissions Committee (2016 to date, member, 2010-14). I have held fellowships and grants from the Kress, Mellon, and Franco-American Cultural Exchange Foundations as well as the American Council for Learned Societies. I was humbled to receive the John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval Academy of America for The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages; and the inaugural Karen Gould Prize in Art History from the Medieval Academy for Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna (2015), which was also shortlisted for the Charles Rufus Morey Prize. Winner of the Diekhoff Awards for Graduate Student Teaching (2015) and Graduate Student Mentoring (2019).

Geraldine Heng. Perceval Professor, University of Texas at Austin. PhD, Cornell University. Statement of Purpose: Fifteen years ago, I coined the term, "the Global Middle Ages," and created a collaborative transhumanities graduate seminar that evolved over time into the Global Middle Ages Project, an international consortium with digital, teaching, and research initiatives. Since then, I've designed other transdisciplinary global courses, and have edited an MLA Options for Teaching volume on the Global Middle Ages, so as to supply scholars of literature, history, and culture with syllabi, ideas, suggestions, and guidelines on how to teach a global Middle Ages. With Susan Noakes, I am also editing a Cambridge University Press Elements series of compact studies on the Global Middle Ages—40 Elements are planned, over a 5-year period—to guide and enable self-learning, teaching, and research by faculty and graduate students alike. I am thus committed to creating---over the long term---texts and contexts for scholarly self-learning, teaching, and research as inextricably interconnected, open-ended, and ongoing processes for everyone in the academy. I am equally committed to advancing premodern critical race studies in the academy. With Ayanna Thompson, I will soon begin a University of Pennsylvania Press series on early critical race studies, with volumes ranging from antiquity to the 18th century. Last and most important of all, I am a senior member of the Medievalists of Color, a collective for which I perform yeoman's service. I am deeply committed to the antiracist, anti-sexist, and anti-homophobic work undertaken by the MoC, a collective that seeks to ensure the inclusion and the welcome of scholars of any rank or status, gender, race, age, sexuality, class, ability, and religious or secular subscription in medieval studies today. Scholarly interests: Early global literatures, premodern race, medieval romance, comparative premodern literatures and cultures, the Global Middle Ages, critical and cultural theories. Selected Publications: Empire of Magic: Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy (Columbia UP, 2003, 2004, 2012); The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages (Cambridge UP, 2018, 2019); England and the Jews: How Religion and Violence Created the First Racial State in the West (Cambridge UP, 2018); "Reinventing Race, Colonization, and Globalisms across Deep Time: Lessons from the Longue Durée," PMLA 130.2 (2015): 358-66. Professional activities and service: Founder and Director of the Global Middle Ages Project (G-MAP):; Chair, Medieval Academy of America Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, 2018-19; Member, the Fellowship of the Medievalists of Color.

Laura K. Morreale. Independent Scholar, Multiple Affiliations. Ph.D., History, Fordham University M.A., Medieval Studies,Fordham University BS Languages, Georgetown University. Statement of Purpose: A full and nuanced understanding of the medieval past is as important today as it has ever been. However, medievalists are feeling increasingly discouraged by the diminishing support our field is receiving in the university contexts where many of us have traditionally worked. As a member of the MAA Council, I will look actively to medievalists working beyond the professorate whose experience and expertise will help us redefine Medieval Studies as an inclusive and outward-looking intellectual community that operates in many professional contexts. In my work with the MAA's Ad Hoc committee on Professional Diversity and as an Independent Scholar myself, I have learned much about what medievalists of all professional standing can contribute, both as scholars and ambassadors for those embedded in the university environment. To continue to contribute, these scholars need access to digital training and the raw materials of our practice (library databases and journals), and inclusion in the publication venues (journal and conference environments) where our work is often shared. As former Associate Director at Fordham’s Center for Medieval Studies, I understand the important role university-based medievalists play in training our next generation of scholars, and will bring my experience working with faculty members to the Council as we look toward the future of Medieval Studies and to the work done by all of our fellow medievalists. Scholarly interests: Medieval Italy and the Mediterranean, Medieval Francophonie. Selected Publications: The French of Outremer: Communities and Communications in the Crusading Mediterranean. ed. with N. Paul, New York: Fordham University Press, 2018. Martin da Canal, Les Estoires de Venise, translated with an introduction and commentary. Padua: Unipress, 2009. Creator and Editor, The French of Italy and The French of Outremer websites, Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, 2008-present. "French Literature, Florentine Politics, and Vernacular Historical Writing, 1270-1348,” Speculum 85:4 (2011), 868-893. Professional activities and service: Medieval Academy of America: CARA Executive Committee, 2019-present Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Committee, 2018-2021 Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Diversity, 2019-2020 Co-author, with Sarah Davis-Secord and Simon Forde, "Towards an Inclusive Intellectual Community for Medievalists: A Plan of Action for Professional Diversity.”

Luisa Nardini. Associate Professor of Musicology, The University of Texas, Austin. L.M.S. Post-doctoral Licence in Mediaeval Studies, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies - University of Toronto; Ph.D. in Musicology, Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma Italy; Laurea (BA/MA) Summa cum laude, Università degli Studi di Napoli (Italy), “Federico II”, Italian and modern literature (Lettere moderne); Diploma (DMA) in Piano Performance, Conservatorio di Musica of Benevento (Italy). Statement of Purpose: In the wake of recent political misappropriations and mystifications of the Middle Ages, I believe that the Medieval Academy should support and promote diversity both as a subject of interest and within its membership. To this end, it should foster initiatives meant to broaden the scholarly focus beyond a primarily European and Christian one and ensure a higher visibility and institutional representation of marginalized groups. I am also a strong believer in how new technologies can enhance our understanding of the Middle Ages and democratize access to resources. I would also advocate for the value of public scholarship and therefore encourage the continuation of the Academy’s involvement in K-12 education and in public communication. We should also strive to make our research on the Middle Ages relevant within broader discourses about the humanities, so that our experience and intellectual baggage can be better appreciated in the institutional settings in which we operate. There are many aspects of medieval sensibility and way of life that can appeal to the post-modernity. Studies in narrative medicine or modern psychology, for instance, are increasingly recognizing the value of pre-modern notions of the self, the body, and communal interactions. As a councillor, I would be interested in promoting conversations that broaden our impact in a variety of intellectual circles as well as within larger audiences. I will also be eager to encourage international relations with sister societies and organizations in other countries. Scholarly interests: Chant, medieval music theory, Benedictines, women in music, digital humanities, Mediterranean studies, Italian Jews, black/non-white Europe, medievalism. Selected publications: Interlacing Traditions: Neo-Gregorian Mass Proper Chants in Beneventan Manuscripts (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies—University of Toronto Press, 2016); Intersecting Practices in the Production of Sacred Music, ca. 1400–1650: Proceedings of the Symposium of Studies, Austin, TX, May 2015 (ed.), Journal of the Alamire Foundation 8/2 (2016); “In the Quest of Gallican Remnants in Gregorian Manuscripts,” in The Oxford Handbook of Music and Censorship, ed. Patricia Hall (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 7-38; “The Circulation of Gregorian Chant and the Cult of St Michael in Medieval Southern Italy,” in The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities, eds. Suzel Reily and Jonathan Dueck (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 581-605. Professional activities and service: Musicology and Ethnomusicology Division Head, The University of Texas, Austin, 2016-present; Director, Medieval Studies Group, The University of Texas, Austin, (2013-2015); Member of several committees at The University of Texas, Austin, including the Faculty Council; Member and Adjudicator of the Committee for the Doctoral Dissertation Award of the American Musicological Society (AMS 50); Referee for the following research institutions: American Academy in Berlin, Austrian Science Fund (FWF); British Academy; National Humanities Center, North Carolina; Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Studies; Research Council, KU Leuven, Belgium; American Academy in Rome; Referee for the following journals and academic presses: Plainsong and Medieval Music; Rivista Italiana di Musicologia; The Index of Printed Music: Collections and Series; Studi Musicali; Music and Letters; Dante Studies; Reichenberger; Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies; Oxford University Press. Awarded Several Fellowships and Grants, including an American Council of Learned Society Fellowship and the inaugural Provost' Authors Fellowship at the University of Texas, Austin .

Alison Perchuk. Associate Professor of Art History, California State University Channel Islands. PhD (Art History), Yale University; MA (Medieval Studies), Catholic University of America; BA (Art), Williams College. Statement of Purpose: Two words encapsulate my vision for the MAA: equity and integrity. Equity, in engaging and supporting all scholars regardless of background, institution, or status; integrity, morally but also in the sense of wholeness, recognizing the interrelatedness of our disciplines and the importance of the humanities. I am mid-career faculty at the most common type of U.S. university but one not represented in the MAA’s leadership: a teaching-intensive regional master’s university. CI has limited scholarly resources, a diverse student body (Hispanic-serving institution; majority of first-generation, underrepresented, and Pell-eligible students), and a high teaching load. I would bring this perspective to furthering the Academy’s work in opening itself to all medievalists and all dimensions of medieval studies. I was particularly heartened by the 2019 conference and would champion future initiatives toward a global medieval studies that is equitable, antiracist, and nonviolent, including those that aid us in rethinking pedagogy toward these objectives. I would expand support for medievalists from underrepresented and marginalized groups nationally and internationally, including those with precarious or contingent employment or outside of academe. I also would promote the integrity of medieval studies: we are doing much right, and a diversity of methodology and areas of inquiry, including those at the field’s traditional core, is essential to its continued vitality. Finally, I would be honored to lend my voice to the Academy’s advocacy on behalf of the inherent value of the humanities and the necessity for academic freedom for all students and scholars, in and beyond North America. Scholarly interests: Early medieval and Romanesque art and architecture; medieval Italy; monasticism; ecocriticism and landscape studies; American medievalisms. Selected publications: “Landscapes of St. Gregory: Topography and Hagiography in Early Medieval Italy,” in Ecologies, Aesthetics, and Histories of Art, edited by Hannah Baader, Sugata Ray, and Gerhard Wolf (Degruyter, 2020); “Da Santa Sabina a Forest Lawn e da Fiano Romano a New York: la fortuna dei cibori ‘medievali’ italiani in America,” in Un’abbazia tra due mondi: San Nicolò a San Gemini e le alienazioni monumentali nella prima metà del Novecento, edited by Francesco Gangemi, Tanja Michalsky, and Bruno Toscano (Campisano, 2020); “Schismatic (Re)Visions: S. Elia near Nepi and S. Maria in Trastevere in Rome, 1120–43,” Gesta 55/2 (2016), (awarded 2018 Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize); “Multisensory Memories and Monastic Identity at Sant’Elia near Nepi (VT),” California Italian Studies Journal 6 (2016). Professional activities and service: International Center for Medieval Art: Board of Directors, Audit and Publications Committees (2017–20). Medieval Association of the Pacific: Local Organizing Committee (2017), Councilor (2015–17), Social Media Committee (2016–17). Italian Art Society: Program Committee (2010–12, 2019–21), Treasurer (2012–15), Website manager (2009–12). Slovenian National Research Agency: Grants reviewer (2015–). Council on Undergraduate Research: Posters on the Hill, humanities reviewer (2014). Peer reviewer: Archivio della Società Romana di Storia Patria, California Italian Studies Journal, History Compass, Journal of Religious History, Oxford University Press, University of Aalborg Press. Co-founder and advisor, interdisciplinary minor in Global Premodern Studies (GPS) (2014– ); organizer, GPS lecture series (2016–). CSUCI Academic Senate: Member (2012–). University committees (2012–): Committees (chair), Curriculum (co-chair), Academic Planning, Acquisitions, Center for Integrative Studies, Central Mall, Faculty Development, Minigrant, Student Academic Policies and Procedures. Teach 4 courses (180 hours) per semester; undergraduate research mentorship. Associate member of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA. Regular participant (session organizer/speaker) at regional, national and international conferences and workshops on art history, medieval studies, and medievalism. Hope Emily Allen Dissertation Grant, Medieval Academy of America (2006); Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art (2016); Member of the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study (2018–19).

Sebastian Sobecki. Professor of Medieval English LIterature and Culture, University of Groningen. PhD (English) Cambridge University; MPhil (Medieval and Renaissance Literature) Cambridge University; BA (English) Cambridge University. Statement of Purpose: At a time of relentless pressure from all sides, the future of medieval studies depends more than ever on protecting and supporting graduate students and untenured faculty. As a councillor, I would use my extensive publication record and experience in training graduate students and junior faculty on both sides of the Atlantic to help them transition to and thrive in an increasingly competitive academic environment. I would also develop strategies for departments, programmes, and colleagues to train students to think beyond traditional ideas of “inside” and “outside” of academia. I hope to do so by using my background of having held non-academic posts and my experience of having shaped a pioneering graduate programme that prepares medievalists and literature students for employment in publishing and other para-academic areas. Second, I would use my work on global medieval travel writing and my institutional home in Europe to encourage an increasingly diverse Medieval Academy to strengthen our institution’s stewardship over a global discipline. This includes examining our understanding of “medieval” to think across national and cultural boundaries about the shared challenges and opportunities for our field. Third, I am committed to promoting access to and training in archives, records, and manuscripts, particularly at institutions and programmes that do not have faculty or resources in this area. Scholarly interests: Late medieval English literature; authorship and literary culture; archives and manuscripts; legal, political, and intellectual history; travel writing, Anglo-European contact, and global medieval literature. Selected publications: Last Words: The Public Self and the Social Author in Late Medieval England (Oxford UP, 2019); Unwritten Verities: The Making of England's Vernacular Legal Culture, 1463-1549 (Notre Dame UP, 2015); "A Southwark Tale: Gower, the Poll Tax of 1381, and Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales," Speculum 92:3 (2017), 630-60; 'Ecce patet tensus: The Trentham Manuscript, In Praise of Peace, and John Gower's Autograph Hand," Speculum 90:4 (2015), 92-959 (winner of the 2016 John Hurt Fisher Prize). Professional activities and service: Co-editor, Studies in the Age of Chaucer (2019-); Council member and trustee, Hakluyt Society (2015-19); chair, Graduate Prize Committee, Hakluyt Society (2016); Programme Committee, Toronto 2018 Congress, New Chaucer Society (2016); Trustee Nominating Committee, New Chaucer Society (2013); Advisory Committee, Index of Middle English Prose (2016-); Editorial Board, Maritime Humanities 1400-1800: Cultures of the Sea, book series, Routledge (2014-); Editorial Board, Mediaevalia Groningana book series (2012-); editorial advisor, International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages (2005-); Department Chair, English Department, Groningen (2010-14); Faculty of Arts, Board of the Department Cluster for English and Foreign Languages, Research Portfolio holder (2017-); John Hurt Fisher Prize Committee, John Gower Society (2017); evaluator for grant applications for the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Visiting fellowships from the Beinecke Library, Yale University (2019); All Souls College, Oxford University (2016); and the Huntington Library (2015).





Alison Beach. Professor of History, The Ohio State University (Univ. of St. Andrews as of fall 2020). MA and PhD Columbia University. Statement of Purpose: I support a vision of the MAA as an academic community that is welcoming to medievalists from all fields, all career stages, diverse backgrounds, and on all career paths. I am particularly interested current discussions about career diversity, and especially in moving beyond the notion that non-academic positions are undervalued as "alternatives" to academia. Scholarly interests: Medieval monasticism, religious women in the twelfth century, manuscript production, female scribes, medieval German-speaking lands. Selected publications: The Trauma of Monastic Reform: Community and Conflict in Twelfth-Century Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Women as Scribes: Book Production and Monastic Reform in Twelfth-Century Bavaria (Cambridge University Press, 2004; paperback 2010). Cambridge History of Medieval Monasticism in the Latin World, co-edited with Isabelle Cochelin, 2 vols. Cambridge New History Series (Cambridge University Press, in production, forthcoming 2019). Professional activities and service: Book Review Editor for Speculum from 2014-16; Trustee, Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS), Princeton, NJ (elected) 2015—2017 and 2018—2020, Treasurer 2018—2020; Founding Member, AGFEM (Arbeitsgruppe geistliche Frauen im europäischen Mittelalter/Research Group for the Study of Religious Women in the European Middle Ages); Editor, Monastic Matrix: A Scholarly Resource for the Study of Women’s Religious Communities from 400-1600 CE; Series Co-Editor, Sanctimoniales – Medieval Religious Women, Brepols Publishers, 2011--; Member Editorial Board, Epistolae, an online database of women’s letters from the Middle Ages, Columbia University.

Matthew Dessing. Associate Professor of Spanish, Director of Graduate Studies Institution, University of Texas at El Paso. PhD (University of Minnesota), MA (University of Minnesota), BA (Concordia College, Moorhead, MN). Statement of Purpose: Through my participation in governance in the Medieval Academy of America, I hope to expand the involvement of under-represented fields and under-represented populations within the organization. My experience tells me that the annual conference and the organization itself could do a better job of reaching out to scholars in fields other than those traditionally at the center of Medieval Studies. My work in organizations beyond Medieval Studies (such as the AP Spanish Literature Program or the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese) has given me the opportunity to do this work outside of the field by promoting Medieval Studies within the broader study of literature in Spanish. As a faculty member at a majority minority university, and as a former mentor in the Pathways to the Professoriate Program (funded by the Mellon Foundation and operated by the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions), I am particularly interested in expanding opportunities for minority students and minority faculty members within the organization. As a feminist scholar and as an LGBTQ-identified scholar, I also hope to help make the Medieval Academy an inclusive space for all genders, gender expressions, and orientations. In order to make these ideals a reality, the Medieval Academy needs to make diversity statements, certainly, but it also needs to actively promote the participation of marginalized populations within the organization through outreach and funding opportunities. Scholarly interests: Medieval Iberian Literature, mester de clerecía poetry, gender, pilgrimage and other forms of travel, hagiography, interfaith relations, Iberian interactions with North Africa. Selected publications: “‘Tierras de Egipto’: Imagined Journeys to the East in the Early Vernacular Literature of Medieval Iberia.” Remapping Travel Narratives, 1000-1700: To the East and Back Again. Ed. Montserrat Piera. ARC Humanities Press, 2018. 89-109; “Women on the Edge of Glory: Tarsiana, Oria, and Liminality.” La Corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 42.1 (Fall 2013): 229-260; “‘De pan y de tresoro’: Sacrament in the Libro de Apolonio.” La Corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 41.1 (Spring 2012): 93-120; “Luciana’s Story: Text, Travel, and Interpretation in the Libro de Apolonio.” Hispanic Review 79.1 (Winter 2011): 1-15. Professional activities and service: Executive Committee Member, National Forum for LLC Medieval Iberian, Modern Language Association, 2018-2023 term; Chief Reader (Subject Lead for AP Course and Exam), Advanced Placement (AP) Program in Spanish Literature and Culture, Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, New Jersey, July 2017 – present; Delegate, Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly, Representative for the Forum for LLC Medieval Iberian, 2017-2019 term; Conference Co-Organizer and Site Director, The Cleric’s Craft: Crossroads of Medieval Spanish Literature and Modern Critique (International Conference Organized with Clara Pascual-Argente and Robin M. Bower), University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, October 22-24, 2015 .

Andrew Rabin. Professor, Department of English, University of Louisville. B.A. Grinnell College, 1999 M.A. University of Chicago, 2000 Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2005. Statement of Purpose: Election to the Nominating Committee offers the chance to help shape the direction of the Medieval Academy and to support the work of its members. If elected, I hope to contribute to the selection of officers representative of the wide range of disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives among scholars in our field. I believe a primary goal of the Nominating Committee should be to propose candidates whose objective is to support scholars at all stages of their career, including those whose careers are most vulnerable such as graduate students and scholars in non-tenure track positions. Over the past two decades, academia – and Medieval Studies especially – has been faced with structural changes that have redefined the nature of the profession. Many of these changes have been positive: our field is now more diverse and inclusive than at any previous time in its history. Likewise, the scope of our research has greatly expanded thanks to innovative scholarship, advances in technology, and the emergence of new voices. Yet with the contraction of the job market and widespread defunding of the Humanities, more of our members are drawn from the ranks of adjuncts or limited-term faculty members than ever before. My experiences as an active member of my field and as an administrator at my university have taught me the importance of professional support, mentorship, and advocacy - now more than ever - to the growth of a discipline. As a member of the Nominating Committee, I hope to help the MAA fulfil this crucial part of its mission. Scholarly interests: Law and Legal Culture in Early Medieval England, Ireland, and Wales; Law and Gender, Old English Literature; Intellectual History. Selected publications: The Political Writings of Archbishop Wulfstan of York (Manchester, 2015); The Disputatio Puerorum: A Ninth-Century Monastic Instructional Text (with Liam Felson, Toronto Medieval Latin Texts, PIMS, 2017); “Sharper than a Serpent’s Tooth: Parent-Child Litigation in Anglo-Saxon England,” in Susan Irvine and Winfried Rudolf, Childhood and Adolescence in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2018), pp. 270-90. “The Reception of Kentish Law in the Eleventh Century: Archbishop Wulfstan as Legal Historian,” in Stefan Jurasinski and Andrew Rabin, eds. Languages of the Law in Early Medieval England: Essays in Memory of Lisi Oliver, Mediaevalia Groningana (Louvain: Peeters, 2019), pp. 225-239. Professional activities and service: Research Consultant, CLAE Preliminary Research Report: The Max Liebermann Artworks Owned by Cécilie and Felix Liebermann, Commission for Looted Art in Europe (2019); Member, Advisory Board, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (2015-present); Member, Editorial Board of the Old English Newsletter and Old English Publications (2012-present); Coordinator, Will in the Ville: A Citywide Celebration of Shakespeare (2014-2017); Co-Organizer (with Bruce O’Brien, Mary Washington University, Lisi Oliver, Louisiana State University, and Stefan Jurasinski, SUNY-Brockport), of “Early English Law: A Centenary Conference on Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen of Felix Liebermann (1903-1916),” held at the Institute for Historical Research, University of London, July, 2008; Organizer, panels at the International Congress of Medieval Studies, American Society for Legal History, Southeast Medieval Association, and the Medieval Academy; Member, Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Representative Committee (2007-present).

Cord Whitaker. Associate Professor, Wellesley College. Ph.D. in English, 2009--Duke University, Durham, NC M.A. in English, 2005--Duke University, Durham, NC B.A. in English, 2001--Yale University, New Haven, CT. Statement of Purpose: I bring expertise in promoting medieval studies’ contemporary relevance, with significant experience identifying talent and building teams who perform optimally. In the tradition of such revered scholarly foreparents as F.J. Furnivall and George Lincoln Burr, who effected local change and solved international problems, I strive to foster a field in which the walls between the classroom, library, and the world are nearly nonexistent. In scholarship, I use tried and true disciplinary tools to examine our world and to foster a more equitable version. This is why I use traditional methods—from historicist analyses of textual provenance, to studying the medieval reception of classical rhetoric—yet my new book Black Metaphors begins by treating the Black Lives Matter movement and ends with the alt-right in Charlottesville. I will use my commitment to medieval studies’ contemporary relevance in the work of identifying committee candidates who will, together, shape the Academy’s future. I offer my experience building teams who use a diversity of viewpoints and expertise to achieve success. As the co-founder and editor of the blog of Madeleine Albright’s Global Affairs Institute, I convene a team of faculty—at all ranks and in varying disciplines—who shape the publication. I have honed skills in identifying talented faculty and fostering a dynamic and goal-oriented community among them. If elected to serve, I will use my skills to foster a Medieval Academy that reflects the racially, culturally, and intellectually diverse world it serves. It will be stronger and more versatile for it. Scholarly interests: Medieval English Literature; History of Race; Critical Race Studies. Selected publications: Black Metaphors: How Modern Racism Emerged from Medieval Race-Thinking. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019; Editor, with Matthew Gabriele, The Ghosts of the Nineteenth Century and the Future of Medieval Studies. Special Issue. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 10.2 (2019); Editor, Making Race Matter in the Middle Ages. Special Issue. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 6.1 (2015); “Ambivalent Violence: Josephus, Rationalist Evangelism, and Defining the Human in the Siege of Jerusalem.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 28 (2014): 137-172. Professional activities and service: Medieval Academy of America, Inclusivity and Diversity Prize Committee Chair, March 2019 – Present; Member, March 2018 – Present: Appointed to a three-year term on the committee awarding the inaugural Belle Da Costa Greene Award and the Inclusivity and Diversity Travel Grant. Work includes designing the prize criteria, promoting the award to potential applicants, and judging submissions. The prizes are awarded, respectively, to a medievalist of color for research and travel in development of a large-scale project and to a medievalist presenting an accepted paper at any session of the MAA Annual Meeting on the study of diversity and inclusivity in the Middle Ages. --Co-Founder and Editor-in-chief, with Julie Walsh, The Spoke: Voices for Global Affairs, the blog of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs., 2016 – Present. Develops and convenes team of up to 8 faculty members, distributed across ranks and departments, to shape and produce blog and public platform to influence public discourse with scholarly insight. Manage a significant budget in order to further develop faculty community and increase efficacy and impact of publication. --Modern Language Association, Chaucer Forum Executive Committee Member, August 2017 – Present: Elected to a five-year term on the executive committee of the Chaucer Forum. Arrange sessions at the MLA Annual Convention, elect representatives to serve in the MLA Delegate Assembly, and provide information of interest to the forum’s members through association periodicals or mailings. Work with other executive members to advise appropriate MLA committees on research and pedagogical needs in Chaucer Studies and to propose to the Executive Council projects that the MLA might wish to undertake. --Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, Colloquium Committee Member and Panel Organizer, April 2014 – Present: Serve on committees to plan annual meeting of the Colloquium, themes including “Medieval Natures,” “Law and (Dis)order,” and “Lives and Afterlives.” Develop themes, identify plenary speakers, and review paper proposals. Proposed and organized paper panels “Ecocriticism and the Dark Side: Rethinking Global Ethics” as well as plenary seminars, including “Medieval Race and the Modern Scholar.”


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