Alumni Spotlights

In this spotlight series, read more about the work our distinguished alumni are doing. You can also view the complete list of our alumni from 1946 to the present. 

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Garrett Smith

Garrett R. Smith (Ph.D., 2014)

Lifetime appointment as Akademischer Rat (Associate Professor), University of Bonn

"This is the job the MI trained me for, and it's pretty rare that this kind of thing comes along. It's the dream job.”

Garrett R. Smith has expertise in Latin text editing and the philosophy of Duns Scotus, and of Scholasticism more broadly. In 2014, he accepted a prestigious permanent appointment as Akademischer Rat at the Institut für Philosophie of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in Germany.

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Nicole Eddy

Nicole Eddy (Ph.D., 2012)

Managing Editor for the Medieval Library series at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

“That is the best part of my job, getting to work with books I am interested in and with people who are passionate about the same things I care about.”

Nicole Eddy has quickly blazed her own path since graduating from the Medieval Institute, finding her home in academic publishing. We asked Dr. Eddy to share the experience that has taken her from Ph.D. student writing on marginal annotation in medieval Romance manuscripts to Managing Editor of a prestigious series.

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Lou Jordan

Louis Jordan (Ph.D., 1980)

Associate University Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

“Many libraries are now looking for individuals with advanced degrees and specialized skills. Candidates who also demonstrate interdisciplinary subject expertise have a distinct advantage. Language skills are also useful, particularly for those looking to work in cataloging or seeking a position as a collections curator in Rare Books and Special Collections.”

Dr. Jordan graduated from the Medieval Institute in 1980 with a dissertation on the iconography of death personified in western medieval art under the direction of the renowned scholar Bernard McGinn. In recent years, he has focused on integrating library services and collections into the teaching and research missions of Notre Dame. He is also an elected member of the Comité international de paléographie latine and a fellow of the American Numismatic Society. We asked him to share with us his journey from MI grad to veteran library administrator at one of the top twenty-five research universities in the United States.

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Leslie Lockett

Leslie Lockett (Ph.D., 2004)

Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Ohio State University

“I’m both very nostalgic for Notre Dame and very grateful for what I got here as a graduate student. I got such good training while I was here that has equipped me to do work that I find really interesting and stimulating.”

Lockett is the author of Anglo-Saxon Psychologies in the Vernacular and Latin Traditions (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and several articles and book chapters on topics ranging from Anglo-Saxon Latinity, medieval mind-body theory, the history of the emotions, and the well-known Junius 11 manuscript, one of only four surviving codices of poetry from the Anglo-Saxon period (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Junius 11). She is currently preparing an edition and translation of the Old English Soliloquies and Augustine’s Soliloquia that will appear in the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library series, and she was most recently a 2016-2017 fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. We sat down with Professor Lockett to learn about her experience as a medievalist and university professor.

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Prof. Rachel Koopmans on scaffolding at Canterbury Cathedral

Rachel Koopmans (Ph.D., 2001)

Associate Professor of History at York University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

"I find it especially gratifying that my research, started on the Hesburgh Library's seventh floor, is beginning to have an impact on the experience of the hundreds of thousands of visitors who tour Canterbury Cathedral every year."

Award-winning scholar Rachel M. Koopmans studied at the Medieval Institute under the tutelage of John Van Engen, a twice past director. In 2001 she earned her Ph.D. with a dissertation entitled, “Dispute, Control and Individual Voice: The Making of Miracles at Christ Church, Canterbury, 1080-1220.” This dissertation formed the foundation of her first book, Wonderful to Relate: Miracle Stories and Miracle Collecting in High Medieval England, published with the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2011. Koopmans is currently Associate Professor of History at the University of York in Toronto as well as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and her recent work on the stain glass of Canterbury cathedral has earned her national attention in the United Kingdom and beyond. We asked Prof. Koopmans about her work after the MI and her fascinating work on medieval stained glass.

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