The Medieval Institute congratulates Francisco J. Cintrón Mattei, its 2022-23 Duffy fellow, and Edith LaGarde and Nathan Phelps, its 2022-23 Gabriel fellows!
Both fellowships allow students to pursue a third year of coursework in order to substantially broaden the interdisciplinarity of their dissertation research, develop skills that will prepare the student for ambitious and effective dissertation work, and gain significant disciplinary expertise that the student needs to prepare for their future career.
The Duffy Fellowship is awarded to a second-year Ph.D. student at the Medieval Institute, while second-year Ph.D. students interested in using the Astrik L. Gabriel History of Universities Collection from any degree program are eligible for the Gabriel Fellowship, named in honor of Canon Astrik L. Gabriel, long-time director of the Medieval Institute.
Recipients of both fellowships will also work 10 hours a week for the MI coordinating its community engagement activities.
Francisco J. Cintrón Mattei, whose research focuses on the legal status of religious minorities in the medieval Iberian Peninsula and the social dynamics that emerge from the convergence of pluralistic legal systems in medieval societies, will be the Institute's Duffy fellow. During his Duffy fellowship year, he will study Greek, Syriac, and Byzantine intellectual history in order to broaden the geographical reach of his planned dissertation work on Christian-Muslim relations and ecclesiastical judiciaries.
The Institute has also selected two Gabriel fellows: Nathan Phelps and Edith LaGarde. Nathan Phelps is an English Ph.D. student researching Middle English literature through the lenses of new materialisms, sound, and ecocriticism. During his additional year of coursework, he will study Old French and medieval Latin. He will also utilize the Gabriel collection's texts on the University of Paris in the Middle Ages to prepare for his dissertation on how French aesthetics influenced the genre of romance.
Edith LaGarde is a History Ph.D. student interested in the papacy and the Latin East. She will study Syriac, medieval and Qur'anic Arabic, Byzantine and Syriac theology or ecclesiology, and the medieval papacy in preparation for her dissertation work on papal correspondence with non-Greek Eastern Christians.
The Institute is very excited to welcome this new cohort of fellows and support their innovative study of the medieval world.