Faculty by Field

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below, Medieval Institute faculty are grouped according to their areas of scholarly interest. Fields of study are listed alphabetically with brief descriptions of faculty research within those fields. Some faculty are listed in more than one area. Prospective students may wish to contact members of the faculty directly regarding their specialties and the potential for study at Notre Dame in those areas. Links below lead to faculty web pages that offer contact information and more biographical details.

Choose a research category for a list of Medieval Institute faculty or librarians in that area:
Ambrosiana DrawingsArabic and SyriacArchaeologyArt HistoryCeltic StudiesDramaEngland and British StudiesFrance and French StudiesGermany and the EmpireGreek and Byzantine StudiesHistoryHistory of ScienceIslamItaly and Italian StudiesLate AntiquityLatinLawLiteratureLiturgyManuscript StudiesMusicPhilosophyPolitical ThoughtSpain and Iberian StudiesTheology

The Medieval Institute faculty and students have access to library specialists in medieval studies who can assist them in their research. These librarians are key individuals in the scholarly activities of the Institute through the research help they provide, their skills in collection development, and their availability for classroom presentations. They each have personal areas of scholarly expertise as well:  David T. Gura, manuscripts curator (the transmission of Ovid in the Middle Ages, manuscript studies); and Julia Schneider, acting medieval studies librarian and reference specialist (liturgical topics, high medieval theology) who manages the Reading Room and can assist in locating books or using library resources.

Ambrosiana Drawings 

· Robert Randolf Coleman: Project director for inventory-catalogue of Ambrosiana Library drawings collection

Arabic and Syriac

· Joseph AmarAramaic, Syriac, and Arabic literary culture and in early interactions between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

· Li GuoArabic language and literature, medieval Arabic historiography, paleography, and popular culture

· Tala JarjourSyriac Orthodox chant

Archaeology

· Ian Kuijt: Ritual landscapes, early Medieval Ireland, anthropological-archaeology

· Susan Guise SheridanBiocultural reconstruction of urban Byzantine monastic life; director of St. Stephen's Jerusalem project

Art History

· Robert Randolf Coleman: Italian art from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries

· Danielle Joyner: Medieval manuscript illumination

· Charles Rosenberg: Art and patronage in fifteenth-century Italy and Northern Europe; Renaissance numismatics

Celtic Studies

· Ian Kuijt: Ritual landscapes, early Medieval Ireland, anthropological-archaeology

· Peter McQuillan: Old Irish

· Amy C. MulliganMedieval Irish and Welsh literary and material culture; Old Irish, Middle Irish and Middle Welsh language; Vikings in Ireland; Irish Sea cultural exchange

· Rory Rapple: Medieval and early modern Irish history

Drama

· Mark C. Pilkinton: Theater history, early English drama, theater and society

· Peter Holland: Shakespeare and performance

England and British Studies

· Chris AbramAnglo-Saxon literature, transition from pagan to Christian culture

· Ann W. AstellMedieval spiritual theology, hagiography, Biblical interpretation, Mariology, religion and literature

· D’A. Jonathan D. Boulton: Latin Europe 1100-1600, comparative social and cultural history of nobilities, sigillography, heraldic emblematics

· Kathryn Kerby-Fulton: Middle English manuscripts

· Tim William Machan: Old and Middle English language and literature, Scandinavian influences, Middle Scots, medievalism

· Julia Marvin: Historical writing, particularly late-medieval historical writing and the “Brut” tradition in England; Anglo-Norman studies; manuscript studies

· Amy C. MulliganCeltic and Norse literatures and languages; literary and cultural exchange in the Irish and North Sea regions; Vikings and Normans in Ireland

· Rory Rapple: Political history of early-modern Britain and Ireland, late-medieval and early-modern political thinking

France and French Studies

· D’A. Jonathan D. Boulton: Latin Europe 1100-1600; comparative social and cultural history of nobilities; sigillography; heraldic emblematics

· Maureen Boulton: Vernacular paleography

· JoAnn DellaNeva: French and Italian literature, lyric poetry, imitation theory and practice, Petrarch and Petrarchism

· Daniel Hobbins: Late medieval French history; Joan of Arc; book culture

· Thomas F. X. Noble: Rome, the papacy, and the Carolingians; controversies over religious art

Germany and the Empire

· Claire Jones: German language and literature, medieval and early modern Christian spirituality and mysticism

· Danielle Joyner: Medieval manuscript illumination

· Thomas F. X. Noble: Rome, the papacy, and the Carolingians; controversies over religious art

· John Van Engen: Religious and intellectual history, Low Countries, Germany, women religious writers, canon law

Greek and Byzantine Studies

· Yury Avvakumov: Latin-Byzantine relations; Eastern Christianity in communion with Rome; ecclesiology, sacraments and canon law

· Brian E. Daley: Cappadocian Fathers, Cyril of Alexandria, Maximus Confessor, and John of Damascus

· Blake Leyerle: Social and cultural history of early Christianity

History

· D’A. Jonathan D. Boulton: Latin Europe 1100-1600; comparative social and cultural history of nobilities; sigillography; heraldic emblematics

· Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: Medieval colonizations; Columbus; Vespucci

· Karen B. Graubart: Race, ethnicity, gender, medieval Spain, Muslims and Jews, Spanish America, cities

· Brad Gregory: Late medieval and early modern Christianity, Reformation, intellectual history, secularization

· Daniel Hobbins: Late medieval intellectual history; book culture

· Margaret Meserve: Intellectual and cultural history of the Italian Renaissance

· Thomas F. X. Noble: Rome, the papacy, and the Carolingians; controversies over religious art

· Rory Rapple: Political history of early-modern Britain and Ireland, late-medieval and early-modern political thinking

· Dennis Robichaud: 15th-century Italian humanism; premodern intellectual history

· Deborah TorCentral and Eastern Islamic lands in the 'Abbasid period; Persianate dynasties; political and religious authority and institutions; Turkic invasions

· John Van Engen: Religious and intellectual history, Low Countries, Germany, women religious writers, canon law

History of Science

· Robert GouldingHistory of science and mathematics; Renaissance humanism; history of magic

Islam

· Li GuoArabic language and literature, medieval Arabic historiography, paleography, and popular culture

· Gabriel Said Reynolds: Qurʾānic Studies, Muslim-Christian Relations, Islamic Studies

· Deborah Tor: Central and Eastern Islamic lands in the 'Abbasid period; Persianate dynasties; political and religious authority and institutions; Turkic invasions

Italy and Italian Studies

· Zygmunt G. Baranski: Dante, medieval Italian literature, medieval poetics, history of ideas

· Theodore J. Cachey, Jr.: Italian medieval and early modern literature and culture, cartography and literature, travel literature, history of the Italian language

· Robert Randolf Coleman: Italian art from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries

· JoAnn DellaNeva: French and Italian literature, lyric poetry, imitation theory and practice, Petrarch and Petrarchism

· Margaret Meserve: intellectual and cultural history of the Italian Renaissance

· Christian Moevs: Dante, medieval Italian literature, poetry, (medieval) philosophy and literature

· Vittorio Montemaggi: Religion and literature, Italian studies, Dante, Primo Levi, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky

· Thomas F. X. Noble: Rome, the papacy, and the Carolingians; controversies over religious art

· Denis RobichaudRenaissance humanism; history of philosophy and philology; Ficino, Poliziano, Pico della Mirandola

· Charles Rosenberg: Art and patronage in fifteenth-century Italy and Northern Europe; Renaissance numismatics

Late Antiquity

· Keith Bradley: Religion and society

· John C. Cavadini: Religion and society, patristic theology, patristic exegesis, Augustine, Origen

· Brian E. Daley: Early Christian theology (2nd – 8th centuries), especially the Cappadocian Fathers, Augustine

· Blake LeyerleSocial and cultural history of early Christianity

· Hildegund Müller: Late ancient literature (especially sermons and poetry)

· Thomas F. X. Noble: Religion and society, history of the city of Rome

Latin

· W. Martin BloomerLatin literature, ancient and medieval education, rhetoric, reception of classical culture

· Brian Krostenko: Roman rhetoric, Latin prose style, historical linguistics

· Hildegund Müller: Latin patristics (Augustine’s sermons); late and medieval Latin poetry

Law

· John Van Engen: Canon law

Literature

· Chris AbramAnglo-Saxon literature, transition from pagan to Christian culture, Icelandic sagas, Old Norse eddic and skaldic poetry, mythology

· Joseph AmarAramaic, Syriac, and Arabic literary culture

· Ann W. Astell: Late medieval English literature, literature and religion

· Zygmunt G. Baranski: Dante, medieval Italian literature, medieval poetics, history of ideas

· Maureen Boulton: Anglo-Norman, medieval French literature, especially lyric & narrative and religious literature

· Theodore J. Cachey, Jr.: Italian medieval and early modern literature and culture, cartography and literature, travel literature, history of the Italian language

· JoAnn DellaNeva: French and Italian literature, lyric poetry, imitation theory and practice, Petrarch and Petrarchism

· Li GuoArabic language and literature, medieval Arabic historiography, paleography, and popular culture

· Claire Jones: German language and literature, medieval and early modern Christian spirituality and mysticism

· Encarnación Juárez-Almendros: Spanish: early modern disability studies, literature and medicine, identity and clothing, picaresque novels, early modern autobiographies

· Kathryn Kerby-Fulton: Middle English literature, manuscript studies, Latin religious traditions, visionary and apocalyptic texts, historical approaches to literature, book censorship

· Tim William MachanOld and Middle English, Old Norse, Middle Scots, poetry, multilingualism 

· Julia Marvin: Historical writing, particularly late-medieval historical writing and the “Brut” tradition in England; Anglo-Norman studies; manuscript studies

· Christian MoevsDante, medieval Italian literature, poetry, (medieval) philosophy and literature

· Amy C. MulliganMedieval Irish and Welsh poetry and prose; Old Norse-Icelandic literature; Anglo-Norman influence on Irish textual culture

· Vittorio Montemaggi: Religion and literature, Italian studies, Dante, Primo Levi, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky

· Dayle Seidenspinner-Núñez: Medieval Spanish literature and culture; fifteenth-century studies; converso literature, Christian-Jewish relations

Liturgy

· Michael S. Driscoll: Rapport of liturgy to sacred arts, e.g., music, architecture, visual arts, especially in Carolingian period

· Margot Fassler: Musicology, Middle Ages, 800-1300, England, Germany, France

Manuscript Studies

· W. Martin Bloomer: Textual editing

· D’A. Jonathan D. Boulton: Diplomatics

· Maureen Boulton: Vernacular paleography

· Kent Emery, Jr.: Textual editing, codicology

· David T. Gura: Notre Dame library manuscript collection

· Kathryn Kerby-Fulton: Middle English manuscripts

· Tim William Machan: Textual criticism, editing, history of the book

· Hildegund Müller: Textual editing

Music

· Alexander Blachly: Chant; performance; Pythagorean ideas in medieval and Renaissance music

· Michael S. Driscoll: Liturgy and sacred music

· Margot Fassler: Musicology, liturgy, documentary film making; Middle Ages, 800-1300, England, Germany, France; sacred music in the U.S.A.

· Tala Jarjour: Musicology, Syrian Orthodox chant

· Peter Jeffery: Musicology, history of liturgical music, history of chant

Philosophy

· Richard Cross: Medieval philosophy and theology, especially Duns Scotus

· Stephen Dumont: High scholastic period of thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, especially Duns Scotus; theory of the will

· Kent Emery, Jr.: History of Latin philosophy and theology, manuscript studies (paleography, codicology, textual editing)

· Alfred Freddoso: High and later medieval philosophy; Aquinas

· Stephen Gersh: History of philosophy: ancient, medieval, and Renaissance; Platonism and Neoplatonism

· John I. Jenkins: High and later medieval philosophy

· David O’Connor: Ancient philosophy, philosophical aesthetics

· Gretchen Reydams-Schils: Ancient philosophy, Plato’s Timaeus, Stoicism, Platonism, early Christianity, late antiquity

· Denis Robichaud: Renaissance humanism; history of philosophy and philology; Ficino, Poliziano, Pico della Mirandola

Political Thought

· Mary M. KeysVirtue and law in the history of political philosophy, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, medieval and early modern political thought

· Jean PorterEarly scholastic theology, jurisprudence and legal practices (Western Europe), reception of medieval thought

· Rory Rapple: Political history of early-modern Britain and Ireland, late-medieval and early-modern political thinking

Spain and Iberian Studies

· Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: Medieval colonizations; Columbus; Vespucci

· Karen B. Graubart: Race, ethnicity, gender, medieval Spain, Muslims and Jews, Spanish America, cities

· Encarnación Juárez-Almendros: Spanish: early modern disability studies, literature and medicine, identity and clothing, picaresque novels, early modern autobiographies

· Dayle Seidenspinner-NúñezMedieval Spanish literature and culture; fifteenth-century studies; converso literature, Christian-Jewish relations

Theology

· Ann W. Astell: Medieval spiritual theology, hagiography, Biblical interpretation, Mariology, religion and literature 

· Yury Avvakumov: Latin-Byzantine relations; Eastern Christianity in communion with Rome; ecclesiology, sacraments and canon law

· John C. CavadiniPatristic theology, patristic exegesis, Augustine, Origen, Carolingian reception, Alcuin, 9th century

· Richard Cross: Medieval philosophy and theology, especially Duns Scotus

· Brian E. Daley: Early Christian theology (2nd – 8th centuries), especially the Cappadocian Fathers, Augustine, Cyril of Alexandria, Maximus Confessor, and John of Damascus

· Michael S. Driscoll: Early medieval theology, liturgy, sacred music

· Margot Fassler: Liturgy, sacred music, Hildegard of Bingen, history of Christianity

· Blake Leyerle: Early Christianity

· Candida Moss: Religious and social history, Christian martyrdom, historiography, Mediterranean

· Jean PorterEarly scholastic theology, jurisprudence and legal practices (Western Europe), reception of medieval thought

· Gabriel Said Reynolds: Qur'anic studies and Muslim-Christian relations

· Joseph Wawrykow: High medieval theology (scholastic, spiritual); central doctrines (e.g., Eucharist, Christ) and their articulation; Aquinas