Awards, Fellowships, and Achievements for Medievalists in 2016

Author: Megan J. Hall

The 2015-16 academic year has brought with it a number of impressive awards and achievements for medievalist faculty and students. Forthwith, our roundup, with apologies to any we might have overlooked!


Olivia (Liv) Bratton and Karen Neis presented projects at the annual undergraduate colloquium: “Sacred Photography: Medieval Iconic and Relic Traditions” and “Abul-Abbas the Elephant: A Gift to Charlemagne,” respectively.

For her project Ms. Neis also won the annual Robert M. Conway Prize at the MI graduation.

Graduate Students: Teaching Positions

Karrie Fuller (English) teaching at St. Mary’s College.

Andrew Klein (English) will be Visiting Assistant Professor in British Medieval Literature at Wabash College.

Melissa Mayus (English) teaching at Holy Cross College.

Damian Zurro (History), has taken a position at Notre Dame as a Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist with the University Writing Program.

Graduate Students: Administration and Editing Positions

Sarah Baechle (English) has taken a position at the Graduate School (Notre Dame) as Assistant Program Director for Professional Development.

Nicole Eddy (MI) is an assistant editor for both Medieval Institute Publications (WMU) and the University of Amsterdam Press.

Megan J. Hall (English) joined the Medieval Institute as Events, Communications, and Outreach Specialist following Roberta Baranowski’s retirement last May.

Graduate Students: Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Anna Siebach Larsen (MI) will join Notre Dame’s Center for Languages and Cultures as an EAP (English for Academic Purposes) Program Postdoctoral Fellow.

Brian Long (MI), after teaching at Whitman College this past year, has won a Penn Humanities Postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania.

Belen Vicens-Saiz (History) was offered both an EAP and an Arts and Letters Postdoc and has accepted the latter.

Hannah Zdansky (Ph.D. in Literature) joins the Digital Medieval Schoolbook project in Cologne next year as a Postdoctoral Fellow and will also be teaching ESL in France.

Current Graduate Students: Awards and Fellowships

Amanda Bohne (English) will teach for the Writing and Rhetoric program.

Andrea Castonguay (History) has won a Fulbright Fellowship to Morocco as well as an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. She has also received a Graduate Student Research Award from ISLA and a Summer Mellon Grant for Religion Across the Disciplines.

Filippo Gianferrari (MI), like Katie Bugyis (MI) and Brian Long (MI) before him, has won a highly competitive ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Marjorie Harrington (English) has been awarded the Helen Robbins Fellowship at the University of Rochester, a fellowship also enjoyed by a past medievalist graduate, Misty Schieberle (now tenured at the University of Kansas).

Erica Machulak (English) has won the Dominica and Frank Annese Dissertation Fellowship from the Nanovic Institute.

Melissa Mayus will join graduate students Richard Fahey (English) and Mae Kilker (MI, returning shortly from a Fulbright in Sweden) for the NEH four-week Summer Institute on “Teaching Beowulf in the Context of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature” at Western Michigan University.

Amy Nelson (MI), who held a Fulbright Fellowship in Austria last year, will teach for the Writing and Rhetoric program.

Sean Sapp (History) will go to Ghent, Belgium, to take up a Fulbright Fellowship there.

Megan Welton (MI), currently on a Fulbright Fellowship in Essen, Germany, has been awarded the Paul G. Tobin Dissertation Fellowship from the Nanovic Institute.

Julia Zhao (MI) will attend the NEH Summer Institute on “Teaching the Reformation” at Calvin College. She is one of three invited graduate students; the other twenty participants are faculty. 

Faculty Awards

Thérèse Cory (Philosophy) has had four articles published this year; particularly notable is “Rethinking Abstractionism: Aquinas’s Intellectual Light and Some Arabic Sources,” which won the 2015 Article Prize from the Journal of the History of Philosophy, the first time that prize has gone to a paper in medieval studies!

Robert Goulding (PLS) was named a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.

Karen Graubart (History/Romance Languages and Literature) has had “Learning From the Qadi: The Jurisdiction of Local Rule in the Early Colonial Andes” published in Hispanic American Historical Review. Her article was named the 2016 winner of the James Alexander Robertson Prize for Best Article by the Conference on Latin American History. 

Peter Jeffrey (Music/Liturgy) was named the Senior Fellow in Music, Worship, and the Arts at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music.

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton (English) has been awarded an ACLS Fellowship.

Amy Mulligan (Irish Language and Literature) has won both an NEH grant and a Fulbright and will be in England next year.

Denis Robichaud (PLS) has been awarded the 2016 Olivia Remie Constable Prize.


Again, hearty congratulations to all our students and faculty!