Welcome to our incoming scholars!

Author: Medieval Institute

The start of a new school year brings us the opportunity to warmly welcome our incoming visiting scholars and Ph.D. students.

Mellon Fellow

John Mulhall portrait

Our 2023–24 Mellon Fellow is John Mulhall, Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University. In the twelfth century, more than thirty translators working around the Mediterranean translated over two hundred works of science, philosophy, and theology from Greek and Arabic into Latin. Professor Mulhall's project represents the first monographic history of this phenomenon. He argues that this translation activity can be understood as the product of a “republic of translators,” that is, a decentralized and diffuse scholarly community characterized by shared patterns in geography, scholarly networks, and intellectual projects.

Public Humanities Fellow

Anne Le portrait

Our 2023–25 Public Humanities Fellow is Anne Le. Dr. Le holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She works closely with the Institute’s staff, especially its director of undergraduate studies and engagement, in the Institute’s outreach and engagement efforts directed at local schools as well as friends, alumni, and undergraduate majors and minors.

New Ph.D. Students

Pablo Caban Bonet 2023 portrait

Pablo J. Cabán Bonet joins us from Yale Divinity School. His research focuses on the theology, literature, and culture of Latin North Africa. He is especially interested in how Scripture was deployed in different contexts. In the past, he has worked on Augustine’s use of Scripture in Book 4 of the Confessions as well as on the Acts of the Abitinian Martyrs, a martyr narrative written in the early fifth century by an anonymous Donatist author. More broadly, he is curious as to how topics perceived as urgent by late ancient writers, such as ecclesiology and the validity of the sacraments during the Donatist controversy, retained their importance or became obsolete in later centuries.

Maddie Link 2023 portrait

Madeline Link earned her BA and MTS here at Notre Dame. Her research focuses on journeys undertaken by medieval women: physical journeys like pilgrimage; spiritual journeys like ecstasy; journeys of identity prompted by a change in location, vocation, religion, or appearance; and the places where these overlap, in which physical movement becomes the locus for mystical experience or other significant transformation. She hopes this research will examine the extent of women’s agency in the Middle Ages and the variety of its expression. Figures of particular interest include Joan of Arc, Egeria, and Hildegund/Joseph of Schoenau. 

Rachel Edney portrait

Rachel Edney received her B.A. summa cum laude in History and Biblical Studies from Gordon College on the North Shore of Boston in 2020 and an M.A. in Classics from Notre Dame. Her research focuses on Syriac Christianity and Christological controversies in Late Antiquity as well as Christology, asceticism, and hagiography.