Awards, Fellowships, and Achievements for Medievalists in 2016-17

Author: Brandon Cook

The 2016-17 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!



Kelly Koerwer, Jacob Lindle, Patrick Lyon, Clare Meland, Stephen Santos, and Whitney Spiegel presented essays at the annual undergraduate colloquium. At graduation, Ms. Spiegel was also awarded the Robert M. Conway Prize, an annual award presented to a graduating senior for an outstanding project on a medieval topic, for her essay, entitled “Myths Retold: Old Norse and Old English Origins of The Hobbit.”

Luke Andrew Donahue, a Medieval Studies Minor, was granted an Undergraduate Library Research Award (ULRA), for his senior/honors thesis, “Writing of Paradise: The Marian Prayers Composed by the Franciscan Tertiary Sisters of the Pütrich Regelhaus Found in Cgm 4484 and Their Historical Context.” Donahue was advised by CJ Jones, assistant professor of German and Fellow of the Medieval Institute. Mr. Donahue has also won a Fulbright Award for 2017-2018 to study and research in Germany.



Sarah Baechle (English) has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in English at the University of Mississippi.

Filippo Gianferrari (MI) will be a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Italian at Vassar College for the academic year 2017-2018, and also for the following academic year if circumstances allowance.

Anna Siebach-Larsen (MI) has taken a position as Director of the Rossell Hope Robbins Library and the Koller-Collins Center at the University of Rochester.

Belen Vicens-Saiz (History) will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Denison University, Ohio.



Jacob Coen (MI) presented research papers at the Midwest Medieval History Conference in October 2016, at Vagantes in March 2017, and at the Gender, Sexuality, and Performative Identity in the Middle Ages mini-conference in April 2017, the last of which he co-organized with CJ Jones.

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

Erik Ellis (MI) has received funding from the Digital Latin Library to attend their summer workshop at the University of Oklahoma. The project is supported by the NEH and the Society for Classical Studies (SCS).

Mimi Ensley (English) won the 2017 Notre Dame Shaheen 3MT® Competition.

Benjamin Gallucci-Wright (MI) has won a Nanovic Summer Research Grant for Research in Brussels, Berlin, Wolfenbüttel, and Rome. He was also awarded a Hill Museum and Manuscript Library Heckman Research Stipend for research in Minnesota.

Charles Yost (MI) has won a Fulbright Fellowship for 2017-2018 to Cyprus.



Alexander D. Beihammer has published a new book, Byzantium and the Emergence of Muslim-Turkish Anatolia, ca. 1040-1130, with Routledge in their Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies series.

Maureen Boulton has been granted a Visiting Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto).

Thomas Burman, the new Conway Director of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, received a 2017 Faculty Research Support Regular Grant for his project research entitled “A Sustaining Polemic in the Medieval Mediterranean.”

Peter Casarella recently published a book with Aschendorff Verlag’s Buchreihe der Cusanus-Gesellschaft: Word as Bread: Language and Theology in Nicholas of Cusa. Prof. Casarella will also be working with Turkish post-doc Feyza Demir on a project related to Nicholas of Cusa and the concept of modernity in Turkey.

Thérèse Cory received a Philip L. Quinn Fellowship at the National Humanities Center for AY2017-18.

John Van Engen received the the Medieval Academy of America’s Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies and was elected president of the Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America.

Margot Fassler has been elected President of the Medieval Academy of America and an Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society. Prof. Fassler has also released a documentary film about Coptic liturgical chant: Where the Hudson Meets the Nile: Coptic Liturgical Chant in Jersey City.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto has received Spain’s highest honor for contributors to science, scholarship, education, and the arts: induction into the Order of Alfonso X the Wise.

Karen Graubart was granted a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

David T. Gura will supervise manuscript research and teach at the Winter School in Latin Paleography & Codicology in collaboration with the American Academy in Rome, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, and the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway. Dr. Gura also published a catalogue this year with University of Notre Dame Press: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College.

Daniel Hobbins received a Faculty Research Support Initiation Grant for his research project entitled “In the Shadow of Scribes: The Pursuit of Authorship in Medieval Europe, 1100-1500.”

Peter Holland has been named chair of the International Shakespeare Association.

Robin M. Jensen has published a new book with Harvard University Press, The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy. Prof. Jensen has also won a Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Residential Fellowship and received a 2017 Faculty Research Support Regular Grant for her research entitled “Baptisteries of the Early Christian World: Catalog and Digital Database.”

CJ Jones has won a Residential Fellowship with the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton received a 2017 Faculty Research Support Regular Grant for her research project entitled “Recovering the Multidimensional Reading Practices of Medieval England and Ireland.”

Stephen Metzger, Astrik L. Gabriel Fellow for 2016-2017, has published a two-volume study entitled Gerard of Abbeville, Secular Master, on Knowledge, Wisdom and Contemplation and published in the series Studien und Text zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters (Leiden: Brill, 2017). Dr. Metzger was also awarded a Franklin Research Grant by the American Philosophical Society for the purchase of digital images of manuscripts and a research trip to Bruges, Brussels and the Vatican in June 2017 (also supported by a Short-Term Graduate Research Fellowship, Rome Global Gateway) related to his planned edition of all of the quodlibetal disputations of Gerard of Abbeville.

Ebrahim Moosa, with a $1.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, has launched a three-year project to enrich scientific and theological literacy among recent graduates of Islamic seminaries in India.

Rory Rapple received a Faculty Research Support Initiation Grant for his program entitled “Defining and Illuminating English Political Thought and Thinking, 1547-1603"; he was also awarded the MI's 2017 Olivia R. Constable Prize for Summer Study in Oxford and Europe. This prize is graciously underwritten by Robert M. Conway to honor the memory of Remie Constable and provides three weeks' residence at Harris Manchester College in Oxford as well as up to $5,000 for pursuing research further afield in the U.K. and Europe.

Charles Rosenberg’s Rembrandt catalog, Rembrandt’s Religious Prints: The Feddersen Collection at the Snite Museum of Art, will be published by Indiana University Press in August 2017.

Gabriel Said Reynolds has published a new book with De Gruyter, The Qur’an Seminar Commentary: A Collaborative Study of 50 Qur’anic Passages. Prof. Reynolds was also one of fifteen Catholic delegates invited by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) to participate in a bilateral conversation on religious extremism with fifteen Muslim counterparts at Al-Azhar al-Sharif Center for Dialogue (ASCD) Feb. 22-23 in Cairo, Egypt. He also taught a course on Christianity and Islam with Westville Education Initiative and the Bard Prison Initiative.

Deborah Tor has won an ACLS Fellowship.


Again, hearty congratulations to all our students and faculty!