Current Student Biographies

students in the Medieval Institute are encouraged to engage in scholarly activities as soon as possible in their graduate careers. The biographies below show the capacity of MI students to contribute successfully to the academic community at large and present innovative research at conferences and in publications. Prospective students may wish to contact individuals with similar interests and ask questions about the program of study.

Further information on our senior students and our recent graduates may also be found under Dissertations in Progress and Hire a Notre Dame Ph.D.

Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis (B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.A.R., Yale University; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Historical theology; church history; liturgy; religion and literature; manuscript studies; medieval women’s writings; the liturgical and pastoral roles of medieval women religious 

  • Dissertation: “Ministers of Christ: Women Religious in Early and High Medieval England”

  • Advisors: Margot Fassler and Kathryn Kerby-Fulton

  • Conference Papers: "Women Evangelists: Writing and Reading the Gospels at Barking Abbey," 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2013); "Sacerdotes Christi: Women Confessors in High Medieval England," Center for Medieval Studies Conference, Fordham University (2013); "Speaking in Other Tongues: Gender and Voice in Ancient and Medieval Christian Literature," Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group, University of Notre Dame (2013); "Gender-Polyphony in the Prayers of Women Religious in High Medieval England," Gender and Medieval Studies Conference, Corsham, England (2013); “Singing Beyond Gender: The Medieval Practice of Psalmody: A Response to Amy Hollywood,” New Horizons Conference: The Next Century of Women’s Study of Christian Spirituality, St. Mary’s College (2012); “Proclaiming the Gospel at Barking Abbey: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 155,” New Media from the Middle Ages to the Digital Age Workshop, University of Notre Dame (2012); “Writing Theology in Christ’s “stede”: Julian of Norwich’s Revelation,” 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2012); “Bee-coming Desire: Apian Transformations and the Paradoxes of Women’s Authorial Personae in Late Medieval England,” The Trials of Desire and the Possibility of Faith: A Conference in Honor of Denys Turner, Yale University (2012); “Authorizing a Theology of Women’s Ordination in the Life of Christina of Markyate,” American Society of Church History annual meeting (2012); “The Anachronistic Crone: Margery Kempe and the Hands that (Re/Un)Wrote Her Theology of History,” American Academy of Religion annual meeting (2011); “Handling The Book of Margery Kempe: The Corrective Touches of the Red Ink Annotator,” New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: A Conference in Honour of Derek Pearsall’s Eightieth Birthday, University of Notre Dame London Centre (2011); “Authorizing and Re-visioning a Theology of Women’s Ordination in the Lives of Christina of Markyate,” Mellon Seminar on Medieval Subjectivities, Northwestern University (2011); “Renewing Love: The Mirroure of the Blessede Life of Jesu Criste and Its Earliest Female Readers,” Early Book Society meeting (2011); “Tange Me: The Transgressive Touches of Christina of Markyate and Mary Magdalene,” 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2011); “Dextram Dei, digniorem partem: Unseating the Mighty and Exalting the Humble in the Vita of Christina of Markyate,” Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America (2011); “The ‘Feithful Bisynesse’ of the Bee: Authorizing Women in Chaucer’s Lyf of Seinte Cecile and The Second Nun’s Tale,” American Academy of Religion annual meeting (2010); “Theology Through the Looking Glass: Overcoming the Latin/Middle English Divide in Nicholas Love’s The Mirroure of the Blessede Life of Jesu Criste, and The Myrror to Devout People,” Mapping Late Medieval Lives of Christ Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast (2010); “‘Trewe Louers’: Imagining beyond ‘Noli Me Tangere’ in Nicholas Love’s The Mirroure of the Blessede Life of Jesu Criste,” Noli me tangere in Interdisciplinary Perspective Conference, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2009); “Don(n)a Prophetiae: The Female Prophetic Voice in Dante’s Commedia,” New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference (2009); “Mediatrix Iustitiae: The Prophetic Role of Discretion in Hildegard of Bingen’s Memoria of Saint Benedict and Her Theology of Abbatial Authority,” Columbia University Medieval Guild Conference (2009)

  • Organizer: "Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group," University of Notre Dame, co-organizer (2013-14); "Medieval Cantor-Chronicler Symposium," University of Notre Dame London Centre, conference co-organizer (2013); “Authorizing Women: The Construction, Promotion, and Reclamation of Women’s Historical and Textual Authority,” American Society of Church History, panel organizer (2012); “New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: A Conference in Honour of Derek Pearsall’s Eightieth Birthday,” University of Notre Dame London Centre, conference coordinator (2011)

  • Recent Awards: Richard and Peggy Notebaert Premier Fellowship, University of Notre Dame (2009-14); Hope Emily Allen Dissertation Grant, Medieval Academy of America (2013); Mellon-ISLA Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Workshop Grant, University of Notre Dame (2013-2014); Nanovic Institute for European Studies Graduate Travel and Research Grant (2012); Notebaert Travel Grant, University of Notre Dame (2011); Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Notre Dame (2011); Julia A. Archibald High Scholarship Prize, Yale Divinity School (2009); Aidan Kavanagh Achievement Prize, Yale Institute of Sacred Music (2009); Louise E. MacLean Scholar, Yale Institute of Sacred Music (2008-09)

  • Teaching: Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame: College Seminar-Chartres Cathedral (Spring 2012), Medieval Ecclesiology (Spring 2011), History and Theology of the Eastern Churches (Spring 2011), Censorship and Literary Freedom in Late Medieval England (Fall 2011)

Daniel Contreras Ríos (B.Ph., Universidad Catolica de Chile; J.D., Pontifica Universidad Catolica)

  • Interests: Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, participation in Scholasticism

Brandon Cook (B.A., Yale University; M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Romanesque and Gothic figural sculpture; monastic and secular education in the High Middle Ages; Italian and Mediterranean culture in the Middle Ages; medieval and modern aesthetic history

  • Conference Papers: "Creatio Mundi secundum Normannos: The Intellectual Life of Twelfth-Century Palermo and the Creation Mosaics of the Cappella Palatina," Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University (2013), “Spiritually Sensuous Sojourns: Pilgrimage and the Senses in the Eulogia of the Syrian Stylites,” The Human Scale: Space, Body, Perception, and Interaction (History of Art and Architecture Graduate Student Symposium), Brown University (2010)

  • Recent Awards: Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship (2013); Nanovic Institute for European Studies Graduate Travel and Research Grant (2012); Albert Ravarino Italian Studies Travel Scholarship (2012); Second Prize in the Humanities Division, Graduate Student Union Research Symposium (2011); Presidential Fellowship, University of Notre Dame (2010); Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2008-10)

Axton Crolley (B.A., University of South Carolina)

  • Interests: Old English, Old Norse, Celtic Studies

Anna de Bakker (A.B., Harvard University; M.A.R., Yale University; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Medieval music in cultural context; musical notation, education, and transmission; liturgy and performance

Maj-Britt Frenze (B.A., University of Virginia; M.T.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Old English, Old Norse, survival of paganism in Northern Europe.

Mary Helen Galluch (B.M., Northwestern University; M.A., Western Michigan University)

  • Interests: Old English, vernacular hagiography

Filippo Gianferrari (B.A., University of Bologna; M.A., University of Bologna; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Late medieval Latin, Italian, and Provençal, literature; medieval reception of classical authors and literature; love, especially the survival of classical eroticism into Christian culture; the end of Florentine humanism

  • Conference Papers: “Ingenii acumen sine veritate stare non posse: Vico’s Philology as Epistemology,” Vico Symposium, Yale University (2012); “‘Non vi meraviglaite ma credete,’ Antipurgatorio and Resurrection Narrative,” 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2012); “Vico and the Production of History,GAFIS Symposium, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2011); The Epistle of St. James and the ‘gran fiamma seconda’ of Dante’s Paradise,” Yale Dante Graduate Symposium: Dante’s Volume from Alpha to Omega--A Graduate Symposium on the Poet’s Universe, Yale University (2010)

  • Publications: Opera del Vocabolario Italiano: definitions of: Gargarizzazione, Gargozzo, Gemello, Gialligno, Gladiatore, Gladiatorio, Gladiatura, Gombuto, Gomicello, Gomitolo

  • Recent Awards: SLA Grant for Language Study (2012); Advanced Opportunity Scholarship (2009-11); Nanovic Institute for European Studies Research Fellowship in Romance Languages (2010); Albert Ravarino Italian Studies Travel Scholarship (2010); Devers Family Grant (2010)

  • Teaching: Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame: Dante: The Christian Poet (Fall 2012); Beginning Italian (Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011); Dante I: Dante’s Inferno Discussion Group (Fall 2010); Dante II: Dante’s Purgatory, Paradise Discussion Group (Spring 2010)

Nicolas Kamas (B.A., Rice University, M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Early and medieval liturgical exegesis, medieval liturgy, Byzantine-Latin conflict

  • Teaching: Instructor: Intermediate Latin (Fall 2013); Teaching Assistant: Notre Dame Seminar, Questions of Faith (Spring 2013); Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame: Church and Worship (Fall 2012)

  • Recent Awards: Heckman Stipend, Hill Museum and Monastic Library (2013)

Mae T. Kilker (B.A., University of Toledo; M.A., University of Toledo; M.A., University of South Carolina; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Anglo-Saxon literature, Old English philology, historical linguistics,  and manuscript studies

  • Conference Papers: “Reconciling Royal Relationships: Implications of a New Manuscript Ending for the Encomium Emmae Reginae and Eleventh Century Dynastic Change,” 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2013); “A Previously Unanalyzed Early Sixteenth-century Grouping in the University of South Carolina Rare Books and Special Collections: Albertus Magnus’s Liber de Muliere Forti, Jacob Faber’s Sagena diaboli de peccato and Cicero’s De Divinatione,” Twelfth Biennial Conference of the Early Book Society in collaboration with the Twelfth York Manuscripts Conference in Honour of Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York (2011); “Skeletons in the Closet: The Bridget Cleary Murder Case and William Kennedy’s Very Old Bones," Southern Regional American Conference for Irish Studies, University of South Carolina (2006).

  • Teaching: First-Year Composition, University of South Carolina; Social Research Statistics, University of Toledo

Emily Kirkegaard (A.B., Princeton University)

  • Interests: Late antique and early medieval history

  • Conference Papers: “A Tale of Two Peoples: Franks and Byzantines in the Chronicon Universale,” “Renaissance” and Its Consequences: The Formation of East and West in the Early Middle Ages Graduate Workshop, Princeton University (2012); “The Coins of Constans II from the Excavations at Antioch,” 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2012)

  • Recent Awards: Graduate School Professional Development Award (2012); Mellon Fellowship in Religion (2012); Richard and Peggy Notebaert Premier Fellowship

Erik Koenke (S.T.B., Pontifical Univ. of St. Thomas Aquinas; S.T.L., Augustinianum Patristic Institute; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Patristic, medieval and Reformation exegesis of the Pauline Epistles and the Apocalypse; reception of the Fathers in the Middle Ages and the 16th c.; use of classical rhetoric in medieval and Reformation biblical exegesis; the genre of the commentary from late antiquity to the 16th c.; Augustinianism in the Middle Ages and the Reformation; the history of the interpretation of the Bible; patristic, medieval, and Reformation sacramental theology; the history of the papacy (patristic and medieval) 

  • Dissertation: “Reforming Galatians: Patristic, Medieval and Reformation Debates on the Epistle to the Galatians”

  • Advisor: Randall Zachman

  • Conference Papers: “The Justification of Moses and Those under the Law: Early Latin Commentarial Debates over Justification by Faith and the Works of the Law in the Epistle to the Galatians,” The Christian Moses: From Philo to the Qur’an, Catholic University of America (2012); “Cardinal Gasparo Contarini’s Use of Patristic, Medieval and Reformation Sources in His Interpretation of the Epistle to the Galatians,” Society for Reformation Research (Panel: Texts and Contexts in the Reformation), 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2012); “Cardinal Cajetan’s Interaction with Patristic and Medieval Interpretations in His Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians,” 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2011); “Reforming Galatians through the Ages" (poster presentation), Notre Dame Graduate Student Research Symposium (2010); “Martin Luther’s Interpretation of Romans 2:13 in Light of Patristic and Medieval Exegesis,” 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2010)

  • Recent Awards: Ford Foundation Dissertation Competition Fellowship Program 2012; Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowship at UCLA’s Special Collection Libraries; Graduate Student Research Award (2009)

  • Teaching: Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame: Introduction to Sacramental Theology (Fall 2010), Sacramental Theology (Spring 2010), The Arab Middle East (Spring 2009)

Anna Siebach Larsen (B.A., M.A., Brigham Young University; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Middle English, Anglo-Norman, and Old French literature, with an emphasis on thirteenth-century devotional and religious texts; allegory (visual and verbal); aesthetics; manuscript studies; medieval and modern literary theory; visual and poetic epistemologies; art history, particularly manuscript illuminations

  • Dissertation: “Envisioning Devotion: Word, Image, and Epistemology in Thirteenth-Century England”

  • Advisor: Kathryn Kerby-Fulton

  • Conference Papers: "Creating Scandal in Bodleian Library, MS Selden supra 38," International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo (2013); "The Style of Devotion in Additional 37049," Early Book Society, University of St. Andrews (2013); "'For in the book of God is no such matter': Reading and Response in Bodleian Library, Selden supra 38," Language, Culture, and Society in Russian-English Studies, IES, University of London (2013); “Visions of the Word in British Library MS Additional 37049,” Writing Europe Before 1450: A Colloquium, Bergen, Norway (2012); “The Intruding Word: Structuring Imagetexts in British Library MS Additional 37049,” New Chaucer Society meeting (2012); “Writing Sanctity: Thomas More as Literary Saint” Sanctity and Literature: A Symposium, Rühr-Universität, Bochum, Germany (2011); “Thresholds of Death: Liminality in Njassaga” Vagantes Conference (2007); “Transforming the Self: Journeying through Purgatory in The Pylgremage of the Sowle” Literary Odysseys Conference; University of Colorado, Boulder (2007); “Pilgrimage of a Text: The English Pylgremage of the Sowle” The Anagogical Image and the Moralized Text Conference, Angers, France (2005); “The Flesh and the Word: The Political and Theological Implications of the Bibles moralisées,” 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2004)

  • Organizer: Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group (coorganizer, 2011-13)

  • Publications: "The Humanist Grammar of Sanctity in the Early Lives of Thomas More," in Sanctity as Literature in Late Medieval Britain, ed. Anke Bernau and Eva von Contzen, Manchester University Press (forthcoming); book review: “La Chanson des Saxons et sa réception norroise: avatars de la matière épique, by Hélène Tétrel,” Scandinavian Studies (Summer 2007)

  • Recent Awards: Nanovic Graduate Initiative Grant (2013); ISLA Graduate Student Research Award (2013); Mellon-ISLA Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Workshop Grant (2011-12 and 2012-13); IHR-Mellon Junior Fellowship in the Humanities, Institute for Historical Research, University of London (2012-13); Heckmann Stipend, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (2012); Schallek Award, Medieval Academy of America (2012); Donald Howard Travel Scholarship, New Chaucer Society (2012); Zahm Research Grant, University of Notre Dame (2012); ISLA Graduate Student Research Award, University of Notre Dame (2012); Conference Presentation Grant, University of Notre Dame (2012); ISLA Graduate Student Professional Development Grant (2012); Nanovic Graduate Initiative Grant (2010); ISLA Graduate Student Professional Development Grant (2010); Notre Dame Fund for Summer Intensive Language Training (2009)

  • Teaching: Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame: World of the Middle Ages (Spring 2011), Art of the Medieval Codex (Fall 2010), British Literary Traditions I (Spring 2010, Fall 2009); Instructor, Brigham Young University: Comparative Literature 201 (2006, 2007), Humanities 101 (2006)

Hailey LaVoy (B.A., Tulane University; M.A., University of Toronto; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Epistolary theory and long-distance communication in the early Middle Ages; Boniface and the Anglo-Saxon missions to the continent; early medieval transport and travel; Old High German language and literature; gender theory and history; classical and medieval rhetoric; medieval childhood and education

  • Dissertation: “Why Have You Been Silent for So Long? Women and Letter Writing in the Early Middle Ages, 700-900”

  • Advisor: Thomas F.X. Noble

  • Conference Papers: "I received the letter of your Sublimity, filled with what words pleased you": Queens, Power, and Epistolarity, ca. 700-900," International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (July 2013); "Brothers and Sisters: Sibling Bonds in Early Medieval Letters, c. 700-900," 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, WMU, Kalamazoo (May 2013); "Early Medieval Women's Letters: Ephemerality and the Re-mediated Medium," New Media: From the Middle Ages to the Digital Age, Mellon-ISLA Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of Notre Dame (March 2013); "Working with Gregory: Pope Gregory the Great through the Lens of his Letters," Medieval studies Interdisciplinary Working Group, Mellon ISLA Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of Notre Dame (February 2013), "Appealing to Women: Asking for Favors in Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian Letters, 700-900," Newberry Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, Chicago (January 2012); “Old High German in Ninth-Century Fulda,” 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2009)

  • Recent Awards: Notre Dame Graduate Student Teaching Fellowship (2013-14); ISLA Professional Development Award (July 2013); Nanovic Graduate Initiative Grant (July 2013); Graduate School Summer Intensive Language Training Grant (2011); Borsa di Studio, Settimana internazionale di studio, Centro Italiano di studi sull'Alto Medioevo, Spoleto, Italy (2011); Nanovic Professional Development Grant (2010-11); Sidney M. Johnson Award, Society for Medieval German Studies (2009); Nanovic Institute Graduate Travel & Research Grant (Summer 2009)

Brian Long (B.A., Kenyon College; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Intellectual and cultural history of the High and Late Middle Ages; Byzantine history; history of science and medicine

  • Dissertation: “Towards the Cultural History of the Twelfth-Century Translation Movement” 

  • Adviser: John Van Engen

  • Conference Papers: “Ways of Seeing: Intellectual and Cultural Perspectives in the Cross-Cultural History of Science,” Notre Dame Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group (April 2013); “Arabic Influence and Ambivalence in the Medical Writings of Symeon Seth (11th cent.),” International Congress on Medieval Studies (2012); “The Presence and Absence of Arabic Sources in the Pharmacological Work of Symeon Seth,” Late Antiquity and Byzantium Workshop, University of Chicago (2010)

  • Recent Awards: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Graduate Scholarship, for Dissertation Research at the Thomas-Institut, Universität zu Köln (2013-14); Fulbright US Student Grant for Dissertation Research at the Thomas-Institut, Universität zu Köln (2013-14, declined); Nanovic Institute for European Studies Short-Term Travel and Research Grant  (2013); Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowship (Spring 2013); Heckman Stipend, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (Fall 2012); Dissertation Seminar for Historians, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies (Fall 2012); NEH Summer Institute in Barcelona, “Networks and Knowledge in the Medieval Mediterranean” (summer 2012); University of Notre Dame Professional Development Grants, for NEH Summer Institute participation in Barcelona and manuscript research at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (summer 2012); University of Notre Dame Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts Graduate Student Professional Development Award, for manuscript research at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (Summer 2013); Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Greek Summer School (Summer 2010); Notre Dame Graduate School Summer Intensive Language Training Grant (2010)

  • Teaching: Directed Reading on the History of Medieval Iberia, Fall 2012 (co-instructor); Regarding the Islamic Challenge to Christian Theology (teaching assistant); The World of the Middle Ages (teaching assistant); Roman Society and Culture (teaching assistant)

Amy Nelson (B.A., Concordia College ; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: The history of women's religious communities in Central Europe; the intersection of monasticism and society; the formation and maintenance of religious communities and communal identities; Christian material culture

  • Conference Papers: You are never closer to me than in the monastery: Establishing and Transforming Community in the Fourteenth-Century Dominican Sister Books,” 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2013); “‘Green’ Homilies: Viriditas in Hildegard of Bingen’s Expositiones Euangeliorum,” 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2010)

  • Recent Awards: Nanovic Institute for European Studies Graduate Travel and Research Grant (2013); Graduate School Summer Intensive Language Training Grant (2011)

  • Teaching: Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame: World of the Middle Ages (Spring 2013), Western Civilization (Fall 2012), Politics and Religion in Medieval Europe (Spring 2012), King Arthur in History and Literature (Fall 2011)

Martin Sastri (B.Hum., Carleton University; B.A., M.A., Dalhousie University; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Pagan schools of Neoplatonism and their Christian disciples; St. Augustine; John Scotus Eriugena

  • Dissertation: “The Influence and Continuity of Eriugenian Philosophy in Twelfth-Century France”

  • Advisor: Stephen Gersh

  • Conference Papers: “Sed Iohannes praecucurrit citius Petro…primo intrat Petrus in monumentum, deinde Iohannes: Eriugena’s Appropriation of Dionysian Exegesis in the Homilia,” Classical Association of Canada (2011); “The Neoplatonic Origins of Michel Henry’s Phenomenological Christianity,” International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, Université Laval (2006); “Paradise Remembered and Regained: Memory and Its Relation to the Earthly Paradise in St. Augustine’s Confessions,10th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium, University of Virginia (2006); “To Include and To Be Included: Ammianus’ Use of Juvenal in the Res Gestae, Graduate Conference on Ancient Invective, Brown University (2005)

  • Publications: “The Influence of Plotinian Metaphysics in St. Augustine’s Conception of the Spiritual Senses,” Dionysius XXIV (2006): 99-124.

  • Recent Awards: Kaneb Center Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award (2010)

  • Teaching: Instructor, University of Notre Dame: Introductory Greek I, Introductory Greek II

  • Employment: Teaching Fellow, Foundation Year Programme, University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2010-11)

Christopher Robert John Scheirer (B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., North Carolina State University; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Anglo-Saxon; the intersection of Latin learning and Anglo-Saxon literary culture; translation practices and Old English glosses

  • Conference Papers: "Beowulf, Bede and Prudentius: Two Latin Models for 'The Lay of the Last Survivor,'" International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Biennial Conference, Dublin (2013); “The ‘Lindisfarne’ Gospels: A Fresh Reading of Aldred’s Colophon,” Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York  (2011)

  • Teaching: Teaching assistant, The World of the Middle Ages (2013)

  • Publications: Francis L. Newton, Francis L. Newton, Jr., and Christopher R. J. Scheirer, “Domiciling the Evangelists in Anglo-Saxon England: A Fresh Reading of Aldred’s Colophon in the ‘Lindisfarne’ Gospels,” Anglo-Saxon England 41 (2013): 101-144

  • Recent Awards: Phi Kappa Phi (2011)

Anik Stanbury (B.A., University of Winnipeg; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Ancient, late antique, and early medieval philosophy; metaphysics and epistemology in the Platonic and Aristotelian traditions

  • Dissertation: “Aristotelian Influences in Neoplatonic Metaphysics: Aristotle, Plotinus, and the Commentaries of Alexander of Aphrodisias”

  • Advisor: Stephen Gersh

  • Conference Papers: “Plotinus’ Interpretation of Catharsis in the Phaedo and the Sophist,” International Plato Society Conference: Plato’s Moral Psychology, University of Michigan (2012); “Aristotle and Plotinus on Dialectic and the Principle of Non-Contradiction,” International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Conference, Cagliari, Italy (2012); “Alexander of Aphrodisias and the Place of the Commentary Tradition in the Study of Philosophy,” Philosophy and History Workshop, University of Notre Dame (2011)

  • Recent Awards: Notre Dame Workshop on Ancient Philosophy Mellon Fellowship, (Spring 2013); Mellon-ISLA Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Workshop Grant for the “Philosophy and History Workshop,” (2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14); Notebaert Professional Development Award (2012); ISLA Graduate Student Professional Development Award (2012); Lilly Presidential Fellowship, University of Notre Dame (2006-2011)

  • Teaching: Instructor, "Introduction to Philosophy," Philosophy Department, University of Notre Dame (Fall 2013); Instructor, "Intellectual and Cultural History," Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame (senior seminar, Fall 2012), "Seminar III--from Aquinas to Cervantes" (sophomore seminar, Fall 2011)

Caitlin Stevenson (B.A., M.A., Saint Louis University; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests:  Medieval mysticism, women writers, late medieval and early modern religious history

  • Conference Paper: “God, Gossip, and the Making of Female Celebrity in the Early Reformation” (Sixteenth Century Society and Conference annual meeting (2012)

Megan Welton (B.A., Miami University; M.Phil., University of Cambridge; M.M.S, University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests:  Early medieval political history; the office of queenship in the tenth-century; political ritual, memory, and punishment

  • Dissertation: “Divina dispensante clementia humilis Regina: Queens and Queenship in the Tenth Century”

  • Advisor: Thomas F. X. Noble

  • Conference Papers: “Three Emperors, Thirty Years, One Constant: Political Networks and Ottonian Charters for Venice, 967-992,” Politics and Texts in Late Carolignian Europe, c. 870-1000, University of St. Andrews, Scotland (2013); “All the Queen's Men: The Early Medieval Queen Outside of the Royal Family,” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, United Kingdom (2013); “Colloquium Dominarum: Duchess Beatrice of Upper Lorraine and the Political Crises of 984-985,” International Medieval Congress in Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI (2013); ‘Iussit orbari luminibus’: The Regulation and Enactment of Blinding in the Early Carolingian Empire,” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, U.K. (2012); “De sanctitatis uestre opinione celebris fama late pervolans: Hildegard of Bingen’s Letter Collection and the Creation and Expansion of Her Network,”47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2012); “Diversis angustiata cruciatibus: Adelheid of Italy and Tenth-Century Capture, Torture, and Gender,” Gender and Punishment (Gender and Medieval Studies Conference), University of Manchester (2012); “The Role and Reception of Internal Violence in Saxony During the Reigns of Henry I and Otto I, 921-939,” McMenemy Seminar, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge (2009); “The Political Role of Empress Adelheid in the Ottonian Empire, 951-999,” Medieval Research Seminar, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge (2009)

  • Organizer: “Pleasantries Aside: Discussing Early Medieval Queenship I & II.” With Dr. Grzegorz Pac of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Two Panels at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, United Kingdom (2013)

  • Recent Awards: Zahm Research Travel Grant, University of Notre Dame (2013); Notebaert Professional Development Award, University of Notre Dame (2013); ISLA Graduate Student Professional Development Award, University of Notre Dame (2013, declined); ISLA Graduate Student Professional Development Award (2012); Notebaert Professional Development Award (2012); Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching, Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame (2012); Cambridge Overseas Trust Bursary (2008-9)

Amanda Weppler (B.A. Baylor University; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Dante; medieval Italian and French literature; medieval engagement with classical literature; political theory

  • Dissertation: Dante's Statius: Transforming Poetry

  • Advisor: Zygmunt Baranski

  • Conference Papers: "Dante and the Accessus of Statius," Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group, University of Notre Dame (2012); "“From Lancelot to Tristano: The Tavola Ritonda’s Borrowings from Chrétien de Troyes,” International Courtly Literature Society Congress, Montreal (2010); “Glossing in Cyberspace: Documenting Scribal Annotations in Digby MS 23,” 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2008)

  • Publications: “Anselm of Laon.” Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Oxford University Press (2011)

  • Recent Awards: Lilly Graduate Fellowship (2008-11); Presidential Fellowship

Lauren Whitnah (B.A., Gordon College; M.St., Oxford; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Medieval religious history, saints’ cults, and Anglo-Latin hagiography; English history

  • Dissertation: “The Cults of Anglo-Saxon Saints in Twelfth-Century Northumbria”

  • Advisor: John Van Engen

  • Conference Papers: “The Afterlives of Anglo-Saxon Saints,” Legacies of Northumbria: Recent Thinking on the 5th through 14th Centuries in Northern Britain, Royal Archaeological Institute (2012); “The Cult of St. Oswald in Post-Conquest Northumbria,” Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group, University of Notre Dame (2012); “Putting the Anglo in Anglo-Norman: The Cult of St. Oswald at Durham,” 47th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2012); “Alcuin’s Use of Bede’s Hagiography,” 45th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2010);  “The Uses of Anglo-Saxon Hagiography in a Continental Context,” Movements in the Medieval World Conference, University of Nottingham (2009)

  • Recent Awards: Mellon Summer Stipend, Mellon Initiative on Religion Across the Disciplines, University of Notre Dame (2013); Global Dome Dissertation Accelerator, The London Centre, University of Notre Dame (2013); University Writing and Rhetoric Fellowship, University of Notre Dame (2013); Graduate Associate Fellowship, Kaneb Center for Learning and Teaching, University of Notre Dame, (2013) [declined]; Graduate Student Professional Development Award, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame (2012); Graduate Student Union Conference Presentation Award, University of Notre Dame (2012); Graduate Student Research Award, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame (2012); Graduate School Professional Development Award, University of Notre Dame (2012); Heckman Stipend, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (2012); Travel Grant, Renaissance Center of the Newberry Library, Chicago and Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame (2011); Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Kaneb Center for Learning and Teaching, University of Notre Dame (2010)

  • Teaching: Instructor, Saint Mary’s College: Medieval Culture (Fall 2012); Instructor, University of Notre Dame: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Middle Ages (Summer 2012), Medieval UK Field Studies (Spring Break 2012); Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame: Western Civilization (Fall 2009), World of the Middle Ages (Spring 2009), Arthur in History and Literature (Fall 2008)

Charles C. Yost (B.A., University of St. Thomas; M.A., Columbia University)

  • Interests: The papacy and eastern Christianity, the schism between the Greek and Latin Churches and the struggle for reunion, Byzantines in union with Rome (Latinophrones), history of the Byzantine Church

  • Conference Papers: "Miracles and Canon Law in the Liber Gratissimus of Peter Damian," 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, WMU, Kalamazoo (May 2013)

  • Publications:  Book review: "Alexandra Riebe, Rom in Gemeinschaft mit Konstantinopel: Patriarch Johannes XI. Bekkos als Verteidiger der Kirchenunion von Lyon (1274)," Byzantinische Zeitschrift (Winter 2012)

  • Teaching:  Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame: Road to Santiago de Compostela (Fall 2013)

Xiaoyi Zhang (B.A. University of International Business and Economics; M.A. Peking University; M.A. University of Notre Dame)

  • Interests: Dante in his intellectual, social, and political context

Julia (Qiuye) Zhao (B.A., M.A., University of Toronto)

  • Interests: Late medieval religious history, in particular mysticism, asceticism, and the relationship between suffering and the imitation of Christ

  • Conference Papers:  “‘One Drop Can Save the Whole World’: Dominican Blood Theology and Mysticism in the Late Middle Ages,” 44th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2009); “‘Giving Blood for Blood’: Bleeding in the Writings of Catherine of Siena,” ‘Discipuli Juncti’: Students Connected Through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Arizona State University (2008)