Past Medieval Fellows

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

Jane Gilbert (Medieval Fellow, 2021-22) is Professor of Medieval Literature and Critical Theory at University College London, and works on medieval French and English literature. Her publications include Medieval French Literary Culture Abroad (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), co-authored with Simon Gaunt and William Burgwinkle. During her Fellowship she will be working on two articles relating to her current research project, which is on literary form in translation: one on the aggressive sonic effects of linguistic and formal code-switching, the other on the use of brackets in medieval verse manuscripts (‘poetic braces’).

Jennifer C. Edwards (Medieval Fellow, 2020-2021) is a Professor of Ancient and Medieval History at Manhattan College. As a fellow, Dr. Edwards will be pursuing work on her second book project, Holy Healing: Saints and Leprosy in the Middle Ages, which will examine saints' treatment of leprosy in Medieval Europe. This project expands upon her examination of religious communities in her first book, Superior Women: Medieval Female Authority in Poitiers' Abbey of Sainte-Croix (Oxford, 2019), which was a co-runner up for the Society for Feminist Scholarship 2020 Book Prize.

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

William Edwards (Visiting Fellow, 2019-2020) is currently completing a Ph.D. in History at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His work, which he recently presented at the inter-University Doctoral Consortium, is concerned with the writing of pilgrim guides to Jerusalem in medieval Europe.

Ms. Gabriela A. Faundez Rojas (Visiting Fellow, 2019-2020) is currently completing her Ph.D. in History at the University of Miami, under the supervision of Professor Hugh Thomas. Her dissertation, entitled "Conquest and Hagiography: Rewriting Saints after the Norman Conquest" concerns Anglo-Norman hagiography and politics.

Dr. Sian Ricketts (Medieval Fellow, 2019-2020) received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Historical Performance from Case Western Reserve University in 2015 and has studied to a high level of proficiency in the performance of numerous historical instruments. In addition to teaching and making presentations at high schools and colleges in the metropolitan area, Dr. Ricketts is a founding member of the early music performance troupe Alkemie, and performed at a major event at Fordham in Spring 2019. Dr. Ricketts will be coming to Fordham in 2019-2020 as part of a team with Dr. Tracey Cowart to lead the Collegium Musicum Fordhamense and teach classes.

Dr. Tracey Cowart (Medieval Fellow, 2019-2020) received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Historical Performance from Case Western Reserve University in 2014 and has performed several significant research recitals. As a founding member of the early music ensemble Alkemie she has participated in dozens of performances, including the event at Fordham in Spring 2019. Like Dr. Ricketts, Dr. Cowart will be teaching and leading the Collegium Musicum Fordhamense, and will use her fellowship as an opportunity both to pursue her own research and also to ground her performances in a larger context.

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Jay Diehl (2018-2019) received his Ph.D. at NYU and is currently associate professor of History at Long Island University. Among his other publications, he recently edited a collection of essays on the history of medieval Liège. As a Fellow, Dr. Diehl will pursue his research into monastic learning in twelfth-century Liège.

Maria Dumas (2018-2019) comes to us as a Fulbright Fellow from Argentina. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Buenos Aires, where her dissertation was entitled "Space, Genre, and Representation: the Idea of the City in Anglo-Norman Narrative (12th-13th centuries)." She has recently published articles about idleness, on the idea of the author, and about childhood and the city.

Nicola McDonald (2018-2019) is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literatures at the University of York, UK. Her research concerns what she calls "the cultural audacity of popular romance" and also relates to medieval women's writing and immigrants and immigration in later medieval England. She recently co-edited Resident Aliens in Later Medieval England (2017).

Jesse Abelman (2018-2019) is currently finishing his doctorate at Yeshiva University. The focus of his research is medieval Jewish law and his dissertation considers violence and conflict resolution within Europe Jewish communities, but also compares the function of law in Jewish courts with similar cases in the courts of Christian Europe.

Erik Claeson (2018-2019) is a doctoral student in Practical Theology at Lund University in Sweden. His research concerns medieval sermons on saints from the Swedish Abbey of Vadstena, founded by St. Birgitta of Sweden in 1384, and he focuses on 80 sermons written in Latin for the feast days of St. Birgitta, St. Erik, and St. Botolph composed around 1380-1510.

Spring 2018

2018 (Spring, Visiting Fellow) Deborah Gail Shulevitz (Ph.D., Columbia University)
Project: "Heresy, Money, and Society in Southern France, 1175-1325"
During her time as a Medieval Fellow at Fordham, Dr. Shulevitz will be following up on her dissertation project in several ways. Deborah is working on an article addressing the historiographical debate among medieval historians over the nature and existence of the Cathar heresy in Languedoc. She has also begun preliminary research for a project examining the use of mortgage contracts in twelfth and thirteenth-century Languedoc. In addition, she is working on revisions to her dissertation in preparation for submitting a book proposal.

2018 (Spring, Visiting Fellow) Simon Parsons (Ph.D. Royal Holloway, University of London)
Project: "The Old French Siege of Antioch: Preparing a Full Online Edition and Translation of the Siège d'Antioche"
Dr. Simon Thomas Parsons is an early-career researcher working on the literary culture of the early crusading movement, Anglo-Norman involvement in the crusades, medieval letter-writing, and the chansons de geste. He has taught at Royal Holloway, University of London and King's College London, and, during his time at Fordham's Center for Medieval Studies, will be working on an international collaborative project to edit the Old French Siege d'Antioche, the only major unpublished-in-full medieval narrative of the First Crusade, in an accessible online form. He will also be carrying out additional research for his planned monograph: The First Crusade: Text and Tradition.

Fall 2017

2017 (Fall, Visiting Fellow) Christine Axen (Ph.D. Boston University)
Project: "Mapping the Bishop of Avignon: Sources of Episcopal Power in the Thirteenth Century"
Christine Axen researches episcopal history, female religiosity, and sacred landscapes in thirteenth-century Avignon, France. She received her Ph.D. from Boston University in 2015 and is currently revising her dissertation, "Mapping the Bishop of Avignon: Sources of Episcopal Power in the Thirteenth Century," as a monograph exploring the political, religious, and cultural history of Provence in the high Middle Ages. During her time at Fordham, she is also contributing to the Center for Medieval Studies' digitization and translation project of the Anglo-Norman text Siege d'Antioche, as well as working on an article that uses digital mapping to visualize the charter collections of a relocated Cistercian convent in Avignon.

2017 (Fall, Visiting Fellow) Pauline Dorio (Ph.D. Universite Paris 3 - Nouvelle Sorbonne)
Project: "La plume en l'absence': familiar verse epistles in early printed poetry collections (1527-1555)"

2017 (Fall, Visiting Fellow) Lisa Tagliaferri (Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center)
Project: "Lyrical Mysticism: The Writing and Reception of Catherine of Siena"

Spring 2017

2017 (Spring, Visiting Fellow) Catherine M. A. McCauliff


Catherine M. A. McCauliff is a Professor of Law at Seton Hall University and will spend the Spring 2017 semester as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Medieval Studies. Dr. McCauliff has published widely on several aspects of medieval law, including marriage, adoption, substantive property, and contractual law. During her stay at Fordham, Dr. McCauliff will prepare an edition of the Bedford Eyre, 3-4 Edward III (1330-1331) for publication with the Seldon Society. Dr. McCauliff has received several academic honors, including serving as a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

2017 (Spring, Visiting Fellow) Lydia Yaitsky Kertz


Lydia Yaitsky Kertz is a researcher whose work focuses on forms of visual narrative in medieval literature and material culture. During the Spring 2017 semester, Dr. Kertz will undertake a book project entitled The Social Politics of Luxury: Commodification and Experience of Medieval Romance. This work asserts that as a feature of both its internal worlds and physical media, luxury provides a bridge between visual and textual registers of romance narrative. Dr. Kertz received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in September 2016.

2017 (Spring, Visiting Fellow) Melanie Hanan


Melanie Hanan will be a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Medieval Studies for the Spring 2017 semester. Dr. Hanan currently teaches Art History at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. Dr. Hanan's work focuses primarily on Romanesque metalwork, especially reliquaries in relation to medieval liturgy. During her time at Fordham, she will be working on her monograph entitled House of God on the Altar. In particular, she will explore the topic of casket reliquaries, demonstrating how these containers evolved to become important liturgical props during specific types of worship. Dr. Hanan received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU in May 2013.

Fall 2016

2016-2017 (Fall-Spring, Medieval Fellow) John P. McCaskey


John P. McCaskey has been the university's Medieval Fellow for 2016-17. A graduate of Stanford University, McCaskey has taught there, at Brown University, and at Columbia University and is the editor and translator of Jacopo Zabarella's On Methods and On Regressus for Harvard University Press's I Tatti Renaissance Library. For several years he has been researching, writing, and speaking about the history of philosophical induction. On December 6, he introduced this research to the Fordham community in a talk, "Inductio: The Medieval Transmission and Humanist Solution to the 'Scandal of Philosophy.'" He is using his time in the Center for Medieval Studies to complete a book on his findings. His main discovery is that a conception of induction that flourished in the ancient world and that was rediscovered by humanists in the fifteen century appears to avoid many of the problems of induction that philosophers of recent centuries have struggled with. Over the years McCaskey has also been a contributor to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) and while at the Center he has been a resource for some digital humanities projects at Fordham.

2016 (Fall, Visiting Fellow) Susan Kramer
Project: "Exercising Divine Justice: Heresy and the Death Penalty in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries"

2016 (Fall, Visiting Fellow) Laurel Ann Wilson
Ph.D. in History from Fordham University

2016 (Fall, Visiting Fellow) Stephanie Grace Petinos
Ph.D. in French, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Project: "The Ecology of Relics"

Spring 2016

2016 (Spring, Visiting Fellow) Sara Moens Postdoctoral
Fellow, Research Foundation - Flanders (Belgium)
Project: "Female devotion, male commitment? The rise of Cistercian women and the provision of the cura monialium in the Southern Low Countries, 1150-1275"

Fall 2015

2015-2016 (Fall-Spring, Medieval Fellow) Ronald Herzman
State University of New York Geneseo

2015 (Fall, Visiting Fellow) Alice Ramos
Professor in the Philosophy Department of St. John's University (Queens, New York)
Project: The relationship between the thought of Thomas Aquinas with the twentieth-century German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer.

2015 (Fall, Visiting Fellow) Uri Zvi Shachar
Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Ben-Gurion University (Israel)
Project: Study of the nature of interreligious encounters in the late medieval Near East from the vantage point of the polemical literature that the various communities produced.

2015 (Fall, Visiting Fellow) Tracey-Anne Cooper
Associate Professor, History Department, St. John's University

Spring 2015

2015 (Mar-May, Visiting Fellow) Helen Birkett
Lecturer, University of Exeter
Project: Experience, Interpretation, Record: The Transmission of Vision Stories by the Cistercians of Britain and Ireland c.1200

  • 2014-2015 (Fall-Spring) David Wrisley 
    American University of Beirut
    Project: Islamicate Worlds, the Late Medieval Court of Burgundy and the Mediterranean

    2014 (Fall) Emma Campbell 
    University of Warwick
    Project: The Place of Hagiography in Old French Literature

    2014 (Spring) Janine Larmon Peterson 
    Marist College
    Project: Contested Sanctity and Communal Identity in North-Central Italy, 1250-1400

    2013-2014 (Fall-Spring) Chris Given-Wilson 
    University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Project: A Biography of King Henry IV of England

    2013 (Spring) Susan Foran 
    University of Bergen, Norway
    Project: A Nation of Kings: Chivalry and National History in Late Medieval Scotland

    2011-2012 Mikael Males
    PhD, Old Norse, University of Oslo
    Project: Adaptations and Applications of Grammatical Studies in Iceland, c. 1150-1350

    2011-2012 Lisa Benz St. John
    PhD, University of York, UK
    Project: Three Medieval Queens: Queenship and the Crown of Fourteenth-Century England

    2010-2011 Maija Birenbaum
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fordham University
    Project: Virtuous Vengeance: Anti-Judaism and Christian Piety in the Middle Ages

    2010 (Fall) Nicola McDonald
    Senior Lecturer, University of York (UK)
    Fictions of Audacity: Popular Romance and the Medieval English Imagination

    2011 (Spring) Rolf Stavnem
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Aarhus
    Óláfr Tryggvason in Medieval Skaldic Poetry

    2009-2010 Michael Staunton
    Lecturer in History, University College, Dublin
    Politics and Sanctity in the History and Hagiography of Twelfth-Century England

    Visiting Fellows

    2014 (Sept-Dec) Nicola Bergamo 
    PhD student in Historie et Civilization at EHESS of Paris
    Project: Games in Byzantium from the VI to XII Century

    2014-2015 (Sept-May) Isabelle Levy
    PhD Comparative Literature, Harvard University
    Project: Translating Love Poetry across the Middle Mediterranean

    2014-2015 (Sept-May) Chelsea Shields-Más
    Instructor, Suffolk County Community College
    Project: The Reeve in Late Anglo-Saxon England

    2014 (Jun-Aug) Elena Putti
    Asst. Prof., Catholic University of Milan USCS
    Project: Applying Digital Technologies to Giulio Camillo's Theatro della Sapientia

    2013 (Jun.-Aug.) Monica Green
    Professor, History, Arizona State University
    Project: How European Medicine Was Born in the Long Twelfth Century

    2013 (Jan.-Mar.) Biörn Tjällén
    Researcher, Dept. of History, Stockholm University
    Project: Preaching virtue: Moral Philosophy and the Politics of Late Medieval Pastoral Care

    2010-14 (Aug.-Aug.) Jeanne-Marie Musto
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Art History, University of the South East
    Project: Byzantine Architecture and Cultural Topography in Nineteenth-Century East Central Europe

    2012 (Mar.-May) Sarah Rees Jones
    Senior Lecturer in History, University of York
    Project: UtopiaA Gift from the Middle Ages to the Future

    2012 (Mar.-Apr.) Katharine Bilous
    PhD Candidate, English, University of York
    Project: Two Anglo-Norman Lives of Thomas Becket

    2011 (Jul.-Sept.) Nicola McDonald
    Senior Lecturer, University of York
    Project: Fictions of Audacity: Popular Romance and the Medieval English Imagination

    2011 (Jun.-Aug.) Michael Staunton
    Lecturer, History, University College, Dublin
    Project: The Historians of Angevin England

    2010-11 (Nov.-Jan.) Darko Karacic
    PhD Candidate, Medieval Studies, Central European University
    Project: The Franciscan Impact on Medieval Dalmatian and Bosnian Urban Centers

    2010(May-Jun.) Fernando Villaseñor Sebastian
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Spain
    Project: Cultural Exchange in Europe during the Late Middle Ages through Marginal Iconography

  • 2009 (Spring): Enrica Guerra
    PhD Medieval History, University of Ferrara
    Project: Ippolito I of Este: A Cardinal in the European Courts

    2008-2009: Roxani E. Margariti
    Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Emory University
    Project: Righteous Friends of Friends: A New History of Premodern Indian Ocean Networks and Maritime States

    Spring 2008: Catherine Schulze
    PhD Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
    Project: Expulsion and Reform at the Abbey of Saint-Jean of Laon, 1128

    2006-2007: Beth Holman
    PhD Art History, NYU
    Project: The Display Credenza/Buffet in Late Medieval and Renaissance Interiors

    2006-2007: Caroline A. Smith
    PhD History, Cambridge
    Project: John of Joinville in Old Age: The Values and Consequences of Longevity

    2006 (Summer): Fernando Villaseñor Sebastián
    Departamento de Historia del Arte, Instituto de Historia, Madrid
    Project: Profane Iconography in Castilian Manuscripts in the XV Century

    2005-2006: Elizabeth Monroe
    PhD Art History, University of Southern California
    Project: 'Insistas Luctamine Diros Hostes Sternere’: Representation of Jews and Judaism in Herrad of Hohenbourg's Hortus Deliciarum

  • 2004-2005: Anne M. Schuchman
    PhD Italian Studies, New York University
    Project: 'Within the Walls of Paradise’: Umiliana de’ Cerchi and the Changing Rhetoric of Sanctity

    2003-2004: Christopher Bellitto
    Associate Professor, Kean University
    Project: Fixing France: Restoring Peace, Justice and Order during the French Civil War

    2002-2003: Roy Rosenstein
    Dept. of Comparative Literature, The American University of Paris
    Project: Jaufre Rudel, Near and Far

    2002-2003: Ellen Martin
    PhD, City University of New York
    Project: Literature and Psyche: The Example of Medieval Monastic Lectio

    2001-2002: June-Ann Greeley
    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Sacred Heart University
    Project: A Critical Edition of the Writings of Theodulf of Orleans

    2000-2001: Gila Aloni
    PhD English literature, University of Paris IV, Sorbonne
    Project: Hagiography and Female Mysticism: Geoffrey Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women

    1999-2000: Nina Melechen
    Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Yeshiva College/Stern College for Women
    Project: The Jews of Medieval Toledo: Their Economic and Social Contacts with Christians from 1150 to 1391

    1999-2000: A. E. Wright
    Assistant Professor, German Literature, University of Illinois
    Project: Edition of Berg des Schauens

  • 1998-1999: Vanessa Harding
    Senior Lecturer in History, Birkbeck College, University of London
    Project: The Dead and the Living in Paris and London, 1500-1670

    1998-1999: Attilio Motta
    Professor of Italian Literature, University of Padova
    Project: I caratteri della translatio narrativa romanza: il caso della Chanson d’Yde et Olive e della Reina d’Oriente di Antonio Pucci

    1997-1998: Francesca Gambino

    1997-1998: Jennifer Goodman
    Professor of English, Texas A & M University
    Project: Arthurian and Chivalric Literature

    1997-1998: Theresa Earenfight
    Assistant Professor of History, Seattle University
    Project: Late medieval kingship and queenship in the crown of Aragon

    1996-1997: Marilyn Corrie
    Lecturer in English, University College, London
    Project: Multilingual manuscript of miscellanies

    1996-1997: Stephen Partridge
    Assistant Professor of English, University of British Columbia
    Project: Edition of the manuscript glosses of The Canterbury Tales

    1996-1997: Elizabeth Dachowski
    Professor of History, Tennessee State University
    Project: The Career of Abbo of Fleury

    1996-1997: Marilyn Oliva
    Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Marymount College
    Project: Completed a volume for the Suffolk Monastic Charter Series