Visiting Scholars

Our appointed fellows and research visitors for the current academic year.

Mellon Fellow

Michael Heil 2019-20 Mellon Fellow

Michael Heil

Our A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Medieval Studies is Michael W. Heil. He is Assistant Professor of History at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and during his year at the Medieval Institute he will be completing his book manuscript, Clerics, Courts, and Legal Culture in Early Medieval Italy. Heil received his Ph.D. in 2013 from Columbia University. 



Byzantine Fellow

Nicole Paxton Sullo 2019-20 Byzantine Fellow

Nicole Paxton Sullo

Our Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellow is Nicole Paxton Sullo. In her fellowship project, she argues for the visual role of memory in monastic contemplation, the acquisition of knowledge, and the production of sacred images in Byzantium and Medieval Serbia (c. 1204–1453). Paxton Sullo will receive her Ph.D. from Yale University in fall 2019. 



Research Visitors

The Medieval Institute attracts scholars from around the world who wish to visit and use the Institute’s extensive library collection for their research. This year, visitors include the following: 


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Guillermo Celaya Azanza (Universidad de Navarra, Spain), Ph.D. student, is researching the relationship between habits and freedom according to Saint Thomas Aquinas.




Academic Year

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Sarah E. Baechle (U of Mississippi, Assistant Professor of English), research visitor, completing a book exploring the intellectual histories of reading in medieval England through the particular lens of the Latin marginalia in manuscripts of Geoffrey Chaucer’s poetry.



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Julio F. Hernando (IUSB, Associate Professor of Spanish), research visitor, working on crusading ideology in the Song of El Cid, mimetic desire and kinship relationships in the Mocedades de Rodrigo, and a critical edition of Hernan López de Yanguas plays (c. 1525-1550).



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Angelika Kaiser (Technical University of Dresden, Germany), Research Visitor, is using the MI library collections for her doctoral project on a fifteenth-century codex containing Gregory I's Commentary on the Book of Job and additional Dominican writings.



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Wiebke-Marie Stock (University of Bonn, Germany), Guest Research Assistant Professor, is working on "Plotinus’ rationalization of Platonic demonology." Read more about Dr. Stock's work.