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Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants

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

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


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


The Medieval Academy of America Dissertation Grants for 2020

Amy W. Clark, UC Berkeley
(John Boswell Dissertation Grant)
“Familiar Distances: Beating the Bounds of Early English Identity”

Robert Edward Cutrer, University of Sydney
(E. K. Rand Dissertation Grant)
“Myrkaurriða Markar: the Transformation of Dragons in Old Norse Literature”

Richard Paul Ibarra, UCLA
(Frederick C. Lane Dissertation Grant)
“Ambiguous Integration: The Importance of Ambiguity for Italian Merchants and Its Restriction in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Seville”

Dana L. Key, University College London

(Robert and Janet Lumiansky Dissertation Grant)
“From Medieval Morality Play to Jacobean City Comedy: The Afterlife of the Seven Deadly Sins”

Clint E. Morrison, Ohio State University

(Hope Emily Allen Dissertation Grant)
“Dancing Descriptions: Choreographing Middle English Romance”

Emily Parrent, McGill University and Université d’Avignon

(Grace Frank Dissertation Grant)
“Creators and Creation: Negotiating Nature in Late Medieval Courts”

Eduardo Ramos, Penn State
(Charles Tuttle Wood Dissertation Grant)
“Saracen Vikings: Narratives of Invasion in Medieval England”

Tyler Davis Sampson, The Catholic University of America
(Etienne Gilson Dissertation Grant)
“The ordines romani and Liturgical Formation in the Early Middle Ages: Education, Practice, and Theology”

Meghan Woolley, Duke University
(Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant)
“The Heart of the Court: The Role of Emotions in Shaping English Law, 1154-1272”

 

The Medieval Academy of America Dissertation Grants for 2019

Timi Sgouros, Binghamton University
(Hope Emily Allen Dissertation Grant)
“Mobile Nuns: The Transgressing of Cloister Walls in the Later Middle Ages”

Emma Snowden, University of Minnesota

(John Boswell Dissertation Grant)
“Bridging the Strait: The Shared History of Iberia and North Africa in Medieval Muslim and Christian Chronicles”

Casey Ireland, University Of Virginia
(Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant)
“Remains of the Hunt in Middle English Literature”

Rachel Anne Ruisard, University of Maryland, College Park
(Grace Frank Dissertation Grant)

“The Lady in the Lover’s Clothes: Music and Gender Performance in Lorraine, 1150-1350”

Dustin S. Aaron, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

(Etienne Gilson Dissertation Grant)
“Confronting Wilderness and Self in the Art of the Medieval German Frontier, 1130-1220”

Elizabeth Comuzzi, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

(Frederic C. Lane Dissertation Grant)
“The Economy and Economic Connections of Puigcerdà, 1260-1360”

Shireen Hamza, Harvard University
(Robert and Janet Lumiansky Dissertation Grant)
“Making ṭibb: Medical Exchanges in the Indian Ocean World, 1200-1550 CE”

Christopher Bonura, Univ. of California, Berkeley
(E. K. Rand Dissertation Grant)
“The ‘Apocalypse of Methodius of Patara’: Reimagining Christian History, Empire, and Eschatology in the Wake of Islam”

Jon Paul Heyne, The Catholic University of America
(Charles Tuttle Wood Dissertation Grant)
“The Franciscans of the Holy Land: Religion and Politics of the Mediterranean in the Age of Queen Sancia”


The Medieval Academy of America Dissertation Grants for 2018

Nicole Genevieve Corrigan, Emory University
(Hope Emily Allen Dissertation Grant)
"Inventing the Virgen del Sagrario: Castilian Images of the Virgin and Visual Strategies of Devotion"

Dominique DeLuca, Case Western Reserve University

(Etienne Gilson Dissertation Grant)
"Shadows in Fifteenth-Century Secular Manuscripts"

Jacob Westbrook Doss, University of Texas at Austin
(John Boswell Dissertation Grant)
"Making Monastic Men: Reforming the Novitiate in the Long Twelfth Century"

Shannon Emily Gilmore, University of California, Santa Barbara

(Grace Frank Dissertation Grant)
"Miracles at the Margins: The Popular Piety of Miraculous Images in Quattrocento Tuscany"

Rachel McNellis, Case Western Reserve University

(E. K. Rand Dissertation Grant)
"Imitating Christ in Late-Medieval Picture Music: Notated Scores as Visual Images and Transformative Spaces"

Adam C. Matthews, Columbia University
(Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant)
"Law, Liturgy, and Space in Medieval Catalonia, 850-1100"

Leah Pope Parker, University of Wisconsin-Madison
(Robert and Janet Lumiansky Dissertation Grant)
"Body Eschatology: Disability, Death, and the Afterlife in Early Medieval England"

Jake Purcell, Columbia University

(Charles Tuttle Wood Dissertation Grant)
"Parsing Truth in Merovingian Gaul: Evidence and the Early Medieval Critic"

Kalina Yamboliev, University of California, Santa Barbara
(Frederic C. Lane Dissertation Grant)
"Narratives of Belonging: Hagiography and Community Identity in Southern Italy and Sicily, c. 950-1150"

 

The Medieval Academy of America Dissertation Grants for 2017

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

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

Elizabeth Hasseler, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

(Charles T. Wood Dissertation Grant)
“Holy Kings: Royal Cult and the Making of Latin Christendom, c. 1000 – 1200” 

Rebecca Anne Hill, University of California, Los Angeles

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

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

James Morton, University of California, Berkeley

(John Boswell Dissertation Grant)
“Byzantine Canon Law and Medieval Legal Pluralism: The Southern Italian Manuscripts (10th-14th Centuries)” 

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

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

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

 

The Medieval Academy of America Dissertation Grants for 2016

Katherine Hindley, Yale Univ.
(Hope Emily Allen Dissertation Grant)
“‘On Parchment or on Bread’: Textual Magic in Medieval England”

Andrew Sears, Univ. of California, Berkeley
(John Boswell Dissertation Grant)
“Relics on the Market: The Cult of St. Ursula and the Hanseatic League, 1200-1500”

Alexis Miller, Univ. of Missouri – Columbia
(Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant)
“Fording the Severn: The Influence of Intermarriage and Kin Networks on the  Development of Identity in Shropshire and Montgomery, From the Norman Conquest to the Edwardian Conquest”

Rachel Welsh, New York Univ.
(Grace Frank Dissertation Grant)
“Proof in the Body: Ordeal, Justice, and the Physical Manifestation of Truth in Medieval Iberia, c. 1050-1300”

Andrew Cuff, The Catholic Univ. of America
(Étienne Gilson Dissertation Grant)
“The Cistercian Contribution to University Theology (1256-1399)”

Matthew Delvaux, Boston College
(Frederic C. Lane Dissertation Grant)
“Consuming Violence: Captivity and Slavery during the Viking Age”

Alice Sullivan, Univ. of Michigan
Robert and Janet Lumiansky Grant
“The Painted Fortified Monastic Churches of Moldavia: Bastions of Orthodoxy in a Post-Byzantine World”

Megan Welton, Univ. of Notre Dame
(E.K. Rand Dissertation Grant)
“Multiplex Virtus: A Comparative Study of Tenth-Century Queens and Queenship”

 

The Medieval Academy of America Dissertation Grants for 2015

Hannah Elmer, Columbia University
(John Boswell Dissertation Grant)
“Sites of Life: Resuscitating and Baptizing Dead Infants in Central Europe, 1400-1600”

Elizabeth Fischer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

(Grace Frank Dissertation Grant)
“The Representation of Space in Early Carolingian Gospel Books”

Bibiana Gattozzi, Princeton University
(E. K. Rand Dissertation Grant)
“The Hymns of Medieval Southern Italy: Music, Politics, and the Transformation of Local Liturgical Song”

Justin Hastings, Loyola University Chicago

(Robert and Janet Lumiansky Dissertation Grant)
“‘Englishing’ Horace: the Influence of the Horatian Tradition on Old and Middle English Poetry”

Alexandra M. Locking, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

(Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant)
“From Humble Handmaiden to Ruling Lady: Aristocratic Women in Ecclesiastical Reform and the Evolution of Female Lordship, 1049-1122 CE”

Phillip Mazero, St. Louis University
(Frederic C. Lane Dissertation Grant)
“Frontier Politics: Veneto-Byzantine Relations, Civic Identity, and Imperial Hegemony, 697-1126” (Frederic C. Lane Dissertation Grant)

Christopher Mielke, Central European University
(Charles T. Wood Dissertation Grant)
“Every Hyacinth the Garden Wears: The Archaeology of Medieval Queenship in Hungary (1000-1395)”

Sharon Rhodes, University of Rochester
(Hope Emily Allen Dissertation Grant)
“Turning the Tide: Fathoming the Flood in Old English Literature”

Michelle Urberg, University of Chicago

(Etienne Gilson Dissertation Grant)
“The New Vineyard: Origins, Development, and Flourishing of Birgittine Musico-Devotional Practices (c. 1350-1545)”

The Medieval Academy of America Dissertation Grants for 2014

Deborah Shulevitz, Columbia Univ.
(Hope Emily Allen Grant)
“Heresy, Usury and Society in France and Italy, 1178-1311”

Geoff Martin, Univ. of Tennessee – Knoxville
John Boswell Grant
“Mozarab Readers of the Bible, From the Cordoban Martyrs to the Glossa Ordinaria”

Andrew Welton, Univ. of Florida
(Helen Maud Cam Grant)
“Forging Entanglements: The Spear in Early-Medieval English Society”

S. C. Kaplan, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
(Grace Frank Grant)
“Familial Female Educational Networks in 15th-century France: The Case of Agnes de Bourgogne”

Thomas Lecaque, Univ. of Tennessee – Knoxville
(Etienne Gilson Grant)
“The Counts of Saint-Gilles and the Saints of the Apocalypse: Occitanian Religion and Culture in the Time of the First Crusade”

Kristen Streahle, Cornell Univ.
Frederic C. Lane Grant:
“Crafting Nobility in Trecento Palermo: The Painted Ceiling of the Palazzo Chiaramonte Steri and the Baronial Revolution”

Joseph Figliulo-Rosswurm, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
(Robert and Janet Lumiansky Grant)
“The State Within Society: Florence in Tuscany, 1300-63”

Christopher Fletcher, Univ. of Chicago

(E. K. Rand Grant)
“Theology in Action: Religious Thought and the Letter-Form, 1050-1200”

Kathryn Meyers, Michigan State Univ.
(Charles T. Wood Grant)
“Preparing Their Death: Examining Co-occurrence of Cremation and Inhumation Burials in Anglo-Saxon England”

 

 

 

 

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