Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Nathan Melson
Advisor: Richard Gyug
Dissertation Title: Franciscan Identity and Saintly Economy in Late Medieval Marseille, 1247-1453
Curriculum Vitae

M.A., History, Fordham University, 2006
B.A., History and English, Harding University, 2005

Research Interests:
Nathan's interests include medieval religious devotional practices, particularly their responses to changes in local economies.  His dissertation focuses on the relationship between the city of Marseille and its Franciscan convent in the 13th through 15th centuries, with emphasis on how the town's political and economic struggles affected the Franciscans.

Awards and Fellowships:
Bourse Jeanne Marandon, Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d'Amérique (2011-12)
Birgit Baldwin Fellowship in French Medieval History, Medieval Academy of America (2012-14)

Conference Presentations:
“The Treason Trial of Pedro de Barreria: Xenophobia and Immigrant Assimilation in Late Medieval Marseille,” Society for the Medieval Mediterranean 3rd Biennial Conferance, Cambridge, UK, 8-10 July 2013
“Podcasts, Blogs, and Youtube: Teaching the Middle Ages Online,” Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies Teaching the Middle Ages Series, Bronx, NY, 10 November 2010
“Commanding Spirits: Comparative Textual Analysis of Medieval Ritual Exorcism and Necromantic Invocation,” The Devil in Society in the Pre-modern World, Toronto, ON, 17-18 October 2008
“The Economy of Veneration: Bequests to Parochial Saints’ Cults in Late Medieval Kent and Somerset,” 43nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 8-11 May 2008

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