Andrew Albin, Dept. of English; Medieval Studies; Medieval Studies Undergraduate Chair 2016-2019 (Ph.D., Brandeis; LMS, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies). | Late medieval English literature, drama, and culture; aurality and sound studies; manuscript studies; historical phenomenology.
Selected Publications: Richard Rolle’s Melody of Love: A Study and Translation, with Manuscript and Musical Contexts (2019); “Canorous Soundstuff: Hearing the Officium of Richard Rolle at Hampole,” Speculum 91.4 (2016); “Listening for canor in Richard Rolle’s Melos amoris” in Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe (2015); “The Prioress's Tale, Sonorous and Silent,” The Chaucer Review 48.1 (2013); “Aural Space, Sonorous Presence, and the Performance of Christian Community in the Chester Shepherds Play,” Early Theatre 16.1 (2013).
Current Projects: “The Sound of Rollean Lyric,” an essay theorizing Richard Rolle’s understanding of the capacities of the sonorous lyric through his vernacular epistle Ego Dormio, for What Kind of a Thing Is a Middle English Lyric? eds. N. Watson and C. M. Cervone. “The Manuscript is an Instrument and We Must Play,” a short monograph developing theoretical frameworks and methodological tools that reconceive the medieval manuscript as an interactive sonorous instrument. “Singing Angels, Sounding Self: Hearing Canor in Late Medieval England,” a monograph examining the diffusion of Rollean angelic song as textual matter, spiritual praxis, social politics, and meaningful aural experience during the English late Middle Ages.
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Susanna Barsella, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures; Comparative Literatures; Medieval Studies (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins ). | Medieval Italian literature; philosophy of work; Dante; Boccaccio; Petrarch; Renaissance Humanism.
Selected Publications: “Boccaccio, i tiranni e la ragione naturale,” Heliotropia (2015-16); “Petrarch and Boccaccio’s Bucolics: a Pastoral Dialogue on Poetry” in Boccaccio Veneto. Settecento anni di incroci mediterranei a Venezia (2015); “Ars and Theology. Work, Salvation, and Social Doctrine in the Early Church Fathers,” special issue of Annali di Italianistica (2014); “The Scriba and the Sculptor. Art of Poetry and Theology of Work in Dante’s Commedia,” in New Voices in Dante Studies, special issue of Dante Studies CXXXI (2013-14); The Humanist’s workshop: essays in Honor of Salvatore Camporeale, co-ed. with F. Ciabattoni, special issue of Italian Quarterly (2012); In the Light of Angels. Dante's Angelology and the Role of Beatrice in the Divine Comedy (2010); editor of a section in Artes Renascentes; member of the Editorial Board of the Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America (EBDSA); referee for Heliotropia (the Journal of the American Boccaccio Association); referee for article submissions to Italianistica, journal of the University of Pisa.
Current Projects: Giovanni Boccaccio: the Humanist Educator (forthcoming). Lectura Boccaccii. Day 9, co-ed with S. Marchesi (forthcoming 2020). An article titled “The Sacred and the Artifice of Illusion. A Reconsideration of Boccaccio’s ‘Realism’ in Decameron I,” in Categories of the Decameron.
William Baumgarth, Dept. of Political Science (Ph.D., Harvard). | Medieval political thought; political philosophy; Aquinas.
Selected Publications: God and Creation, co-ed. with R. Regan (1994); Aquinas: On Law, Morality, and Politics, co-ed. with R. Regan (1988). He has also published articles on Thomas Aquinas, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Friedrich von Hayek.
Scott Bruce, Dept. of History (Ph.D., Princeton). | Monasticism; hagiography; medieval reception of the classical tradition.
Selected Publications: The Penguin Book of Hell, ed. (2018). The Penguin Book of the Undead: Fifteen Hundred Years of Supernatural Encounters, ed. (2016). The Relatio metrica de duobus ducibus: A Twelfth-Century Cluniac Poem on Prayer for the Dead, co-ed. and trans. with C. A. Jones (2016). Cluny and the Muslims of La Garde-Freinet: Hagiography and the Problem of Islam in Medieval Europe (2015). Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism: The Cluniac Tradition (c. 900-1200) (2007).
Current Projects: a book entitled The Lost Patriarchs Project, treating the reception of Greek patristic authors in the medieval Latin tradition; another, Cluniac Nights: Miracles, the Devil, and the Dead in Twelfth-Century Monasticism, on Abbot Peter the Venerable’s De miraculis; and The Penguin Book of Dragons (forthcoming from Penguin Classics in 2020).
Elizabeth Comuzzi, Dept of History, (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles), social and economic history; women, family and demography; urbanization, artisanal labor and guilds; notarial culture; the Mediterranean; the Crown of Aragon/Catalonia
Selected Publications: “Mediterranean Trade in the Pyrenees: Italian Merchants in Puigcerdà 1300-1350” (forthcoming, 2021 in Pedralbes); "Guild formation and the artisanal labour market: the example of Castelló d’Empúries, 1260-1310" (forthcoming, 2022 in Journal of Medieval History).
Current Projects: Dr. Comuzzi is currently working on a monograph on the economic development of the Pyrenean town of Puigcerdà from 1260-1360, which examines the development of this town and its surrounding region around the time of the “situation of 1300” when the European economy transitioned from widespread growth towards prolonged recession, and on an article on women's participation and representation in notarial acts.
Christopher M. Cullen, SJ, Dept. of Philosophy (Ph.D., The Catholic University of America) | Bonaventure; Alexander of Hales; Augustinianism; Thomism; medieval political thought; medieval metaphysics.
Selected Publications: “The Metaphysical Center: Philosophical Foundations in Bonaventure,” in Deus summe cognoscibilis: The Current Theological Relevance of Saint Bonaventure (2018); “ Alexander of Hales,” in Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy (2018); “The Thomism of St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises: Predestination, Physical Premonition, and the Sovereignty of Grace," in Thomism and Predestination (2016); "The Doctrine of Analogy among the Thomists: A Debate Renewed," Nova et vetera (2014); "Bonaventure's Philosophical Method" in Companion to Bonaventure (2012); "Bonaventure on Nature before Grace," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (2010).
Current Projects: The Discovery of Being: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on Thomas Aquinas, co-ed. (forthcoming 2019). “Bonaventure’s Aesthetic Imperative: Pulcherrimum Carmen” and “Alexander of Hales on the Divine Ideas.”
Brian Davies, Dept. of Philosophy (Ph.D., King’s College London) | Philosophy of religion; Aquinas; Anselm.
Selected Publications: Thomas Aquinas's 'Summa Contra Gentiles': A Guide and Commentary (2016); “Aquinas on What God is Not,” Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements (2016); “God,” in The Cambridge Companion to the ‘Summa Theologiae’ (2016); Thomas Aquinas's 'Summa Theologiae': A Guide and Commentary (2014).
Current Projects: Dr. Davies is currently working on the first English edition of Aquinas's ‘Quodlibetal Disputations’ (based on the critical Leonine text), with Turner Levitt. The book will be published in 2019 through Oxford University Press. Additionally, Dr. Davies edits the OUP series on “Great Medieval Thinkers.”
Robert Davis, Dept. of Theology (Ph.D., Harvard University) | Medieval Christian mysticism and spirituality; medieval scholastic theology; hermeneutics and Biblical interpretation; gender and sexuality; theories of affect and emotion.
Selected Publications: The Weight of Love: Affect, Ecstasy, and Union in the Theology of Bonaventure (2016); “Speech and Sense in Meister Eckhart’s Liber Parabolarum Genesis” Medieval Mystical Theology: The Journal of the Eckhart Society (2015); “Hierarchy and Excess in Bonaventure’s Itinerarium mentis in Deum” Journal of Religion (2015).
George E. Demacopoulos, Dept. of Theology (Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). | Late-Ancient and Medieval Christian History; East and West; asceticism, papacy, war and violence.
Selected Publications: Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First-Man of Rome (2015); The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity (2013).
Current Projects: Colonizing Christianity: Greek and Latin Religious Identity in the Era of the Fourth Crusade (forthcoming). Dr. Demacopoulos has recently been installed as the first Meyendorff/Patterson Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies. Along with Aristotle Papanikolaou, he recently received $610k in a pair of grants for a five-year project investigating Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights.
Mary C. Erler, Dept. of English (Ph.D., University of Chicago). | Medieval and early modern literature; women’s reading and book ownership; early English printing.
Selected Publications: Reading and Writing During the Dissolution: Monks, Friars and Nuns 1530-1558 ( 2013); Records of Early English Drama: Ecclesiastical London (2008); Gendering the Master Narrative, co-ed. with M. Kowaleski (2003); Women, Reading and Piety in Late Medieval England (2002); Robert Copland: Poems, ed. (1993); Poems of Cupid, God of Love, co-ed. with T. Fenster (1991); Women and Power in the Middle Ages, co-ed. with M. Kowaleski (1988); "Devotional Literature" in Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, vol. 3, 1400-1557 (1999).
Current Projects: Dr. Erler is co-editor of the Fordham Series in Medieval Studies, and a member of the editorial board for Traditio. She is currently writing a biographical article on the devotional writer and Syon monk Richard Whitford (d.1538), and developing a new course on medieval ghosts.
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Emanuel Fiano, Dept. of Theology (Ph.D., Duke University) | Syriac and Coptic traditions; history of Christian-Jewish relations in Late Antiquity.
Selected Publications: “Adam and the Logos: Aphrahat’s Christology in Demonstration 17 and the ‘Imponderables of Hellenization,’" Zeitschrift für antikes Christentum (2016); “The Construction of Ancient Jewish Christianity in the Twentieth Century: The Cases of Hans-Joachim Schoeps and Jean Daniélou,” Patristic Studies in the Twenty-first Century: Proceedings of an International Conference to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies (2015); “The Trinitarian Controversies in Fourth-Century Edessa,” Le Muséon 128 (2015); "From ‘Why’ to ‘Why Not’: Clem. Recogn. III 2-11, Fourth-Century Trinitarian Debates, and the Syrian Christian-Jewish Continuum,” Adamantius 20 (2014); Syriac Encounters: Papers from the Sixth North-American Syriac Symposium (2011), co-ed.;The History of the Deeds of Bishop Paul of Qentos and Priest John of Edessa, co-ed. (2010).
Current Projects: An article-length examination of the ‘theory of names’ developed in the Valentinian Gospel of Truth, and a study of Shenoute’s dealings with Judaism.
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Sarit Kattan Gribetz, Dept. of Theology (Ph.D., Princeton). Ancient and medieval Judaism; rabbinic literature; Jewish-Christian relations; time and calendars; women and gender; biblical interpretation; religious polemics.
Selected Publications: "A Matter of Time: Writing Jewish Memory into Roman History," Association for Jewish Studies Review (forthcoming); "Between Narrative and Polemic: The Sabbath in Genesis Rabbah and the Babylonian Talmud" in Genesis Rabbah: Text and Contexts (forthcoming); "Pregnant with Meaning; Women's Bodies as Metaphors for Time in Biblical, Second Temple, and Rabbinic Literature" in The Construction of Time in Antiquity (forthcoming); "Take to Heart these Instructions: The Shema in the Second Temple Period, a reconsideration," Journal of Ancient Judaism (2015); Jewish and Christian Cosmogony in Late Antiquity, co-ed. (2013); "Jesus and the Clay Birds: Reading Toledot Yeshu in Light of the Infancy Gospels" in Envisioning Judaism (2013); "Rabbis and Others in Conversation," Jewish Studies Quarterly (2012); "Hanged and Crucified: The Book of Esther and Toledot Yeshu" in Toledot Yeshu Reconsidered (2011).
Current Projects: A monograph on constructions of calendrical and ritual time in rabbinic sources, and a project on the use of imagination in the study of late antiquity.
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