Director and Staff

Beginning August 2, 2021, the institute office will be open in person Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for the lunch hour (noon to 1 p.m.).

Thomas E. Burman

Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute
Professor of History

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Thomas E. Burman joined the Medieval Institute as Robert M. Conway Director in January 2017 with the vision of enhancing the Institute’s traditional strengths in northern European history and culture and, at the same time, expanding its focus to include the whole Mediterranean region. 

Burman, who holds a joint appointment as Professor of History, earned his Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto and has long been engaged in interdisciplinary scholarship that blends history, theology, religious studies, and literature. His research—which has been supported by fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities—focuses on Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in the Middle Ages.

Read his full Director's Profile

Twitter @bobqur

Megan J. Hall, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

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In her role, Dr. Hall directs the staff and daily operations of the Medieval Institute, including communications, budget, and special events, while researching and publishing in her areas of specialty: medieval women's literacy and education, manuscript studies, digital humanities, and the effects of landscape and environment on the production of texts and text technologies.

Dr. Hall earned her Ph.D. in Medieval English Literature from the University of Notre Dame and her M.A. and B.A. in English Literature from the University of Georgia. She has taught courses on writing and modern and medieval English literature at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Georgia, Augusta State University, the University of North Georgia, and Athens Technical College.

She has authored a number of publications including essays in Journal of the Early Book Society and Early Middle English. Most recently she has been invited to contribute to a special edition of History of Education Quarterly on Medieval and Renaissance education and an episode of the HEQ&A podcast on her work.

Twitter @meganjhallphd

Alexis Torrance

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor and Archbishop Demetrios College Chair of Byzantine Theology

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Alexis Torrance specializes in the field of Byzantine Theology. His work concentrates on monastic theology, sanctity, and the history of doctrine. He likewise has a strong interest in modern Eastern Orthodox thought and East-West relations. Read his full bio on his faculty fellow page.

Phone (574) 631-0755

Christopher Liebtag Miller

Assistant Teaching Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies and Engagement

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Professor Miller serves the institute and its undergraduates as the Director of Undergraduate Studies and connects the institute to the wider Michiana area through his work as Director of Engagement. He teaches courses in German language and literature and his research concentrates on Middle High German literature and the cultural and social history of the Medieval German Empire. He is particularly interested in literary representations of competition and their relationship to aristocratic economies of symbolic capital during the 12th and 13th centuries. Read his full bio on his faculty fellow page.

Phone (574) 631-6081

Thomson Guster

Administrative Coordinator

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Phone (574) 631-6603

The Medieval Studies Research Blog

The Medieval Studies Research Blog is a multi-author blog site sponsored by the Medieval Institute. The blog is maintained and promoted by a blog manager and regular contributors who are current or former Notre Dame graduate students working in some area of medieval studies. Guest posts come from current and former members, as well as friends, of Notre Dame’s vibrant international medievalist community.

Richard Fahey, Ph.D. (English)

Blog Manager + Contributor

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Cait Stevenson, Ph.D. (Medieval Institute)

Blog Contributor

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Emily McLemore, Ph.D. Candidate (English)

Blog Contributor

Emily McLemore


Hüsamettin Şimşir, Ph.D. Candidate (History)

Blog Contributor

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Medieval Institute Library Collections

Two subject specialists from the Hesburgh Libraries administer the Medieval Institute collections and advise on research for medievalists and Byzantinists.

Julia Schneider, Ph.D.

Medieval Studies

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Phone (574) 631-5724

David T. Gura, Ph.D.

Byzantine Studies, Classics

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Phone (574) 631-6489