Benjamin Gallucci-Wright

Benjamin Gallucci-Wright


B.A. in Classical Languages, Calvin College; M.A. in Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University; M.M.S., Notre Dame

Year of Matriculation



Areas of Interest

Late Medieval History; History of the Book; Communications and Manuscript Culture


My dissertation, "Publishing The Imitation of Christ: The Distribution Circles of a Fifteenth­-Century Bestseller" (Advisor: John Van Engen) focuses on the diverse fifteenth-century institutions and communities responsible for producing over eight-hundred surviving copies of the Imitatio Christi, a fifteenth-century devotional work, each meticulously copied by hand. By examining the way this work spread in manuscripts before and during the early development of the printing press (ca. 1450s-1470s) my work contributes to the historical understanding of how communications technologies like the printing press have revolutionized (or not) the way texts and ideas spread.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • Nanovic Institute Summer Research & Travel Grant for research at the Vatican Library and Royal Library, Brussels (2017)
  • “Towards a prosopography of the text: authorship, patronage networks, and the textual transmission of Marguerite Porete’s ‘Mirror of Simple Souls’,” Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Annual Conference, 9 March, 2016.
  • “The Untranslatable Feeling: Jan van Ruusbroec’s un-translation of William of St. Thierry’s Latin Discourse on Mystical Experience,” Australia and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference, 12-16 February, 2013.
  • Tashjian Manuscript Studies Fellowship, The Richard Rawlinson Center for Manuscript Studies at Western Michigan University (2012)
  • Co-instructor and instructor of record, Western Michigan University 2011-2013 (seven sections)