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Upcoming Events

52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies.  Kalamazoo, MI (May 2017)

  •  Austin Powell. "Letter-Writing and -Collecting as Performing and Shaping Sanctity in Late Medieval Italy."
  • Jon Paul Heyne. "Sancia and the Holy Places: Conflicts between Politics and Personal Spirituality in the Late Medieval Mediterranean."
International Medieval Conference.  Leeds, UK (June 2017)
  • Carol Anderson: Paper: "The Role of Petrine Heritage in the Wars between Pisa and Lucca."
  • Jon Paul Heyne: 
    • Session organizer, Session: Encountering the Religious ‘Other’ in Fourteenth-Century Jerusalem 
    • Paper: "From Contest to Cooperation: The Effects of Western Religion and Politics on Religious Interactions in the Near East."

 

Spring 2017

Doctoral student, Atlas Tian Xu, gave a paper at the American Catholic Historical Association meeting held in Denver, Colorado at the American Historical Association annual meeting on January 6, 2017 entitled, "Evading the 'Absurdly Sanguine': William Bourke Cockran, American Catholicism, and the Cause of Anti-imperialism, 1904-8"

Doctoral student, Amanda Perry, newly appointed Assistant Director at the National History Center, participated in a panel at the AHA on teaching with the NHC's mock policy briefing program.

At the University of Maryland History Department Conference on Power and Persuasion at College Park, MD, Dallas Grubbs gave a paper on "De-legitimizing and Re-legitimizing the Merovingian Dynasty" and Shane MacDonald presented a paper on "Legitimating Legal Authority and Sanctity in the Cult of Raimondo Palmerio."

Fall 2016

Congratulations to Austin Powell for winning a grant from the Cosmos Foundation to support work on his doctoral dissertation, "Charisma, Community, and Authority: Dominican Epistolary Practice in Italy, 1300-1500" supervised by Prof. K. L. Jansen.

Congratulations also to Jon Paul Heyne for winning a grant from the Cosmos Foundation to support his dissertation "The Franciscans of the Holy Land: Religion and Politics of the Mediterranean in the Age of Queen Sancia" supervised by Prof. K. L. Jansen.

Congratulations to Carol Anderson, PhD candidate, who has been awarded this year's Graduate Teaching Award to honor excellence in teaching.

At the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) conference in Knoxville, Carol Anderson gave a paper on "Manufacturing Sacred Memory: The Creation of Saint Paulinus, Bishop Martyr of Lucca," Dallas Grubbs presented a paper on "Memory, Power, and Politics at Carolingian St.-Denis: Reconstructing the Merovingian Past in the Gesta Dagoberti," and Jon Paul Heyne offered a paper on "Queen Sancia and the Franciscans of the Holy Land: The Western Contest for Fourteenth-century Jerusalem."

Spring 2016

Congratulations to graduate students Jim Zibro, Kate Bush, Laura Hohman, and Seth Smith, who all successfully defended their Ph.D. dissertations in April 2016!

Congrats to graduate alumna Melodie Eichbauer, Ph.D.on winning a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Congratulations to Carol Anderson on winning a grant from the Cosmos Club Foundation for work on her dissertation entitled, Sacred Histories: Remembering the Christian Past in Medieval Italian Cities (ca. 1100-1350) under the direction of Prof. Katherine L. Jansen

Congratulations to Jay Carney (Ph.D., Church History, 2010), who was awarded the annual Bethwell Ogot prize for best book in East African Studies by the African Studies Association for his study of the missionary church in Rwanda.

Dallas Grubbs gave a paper on "Carolingian Royal Politics in the Canonization of Dagobert II" at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo.

Spring 2015

Michaela Granger won an Honorable Mention for her conference paper "The Good Wife: The Construction and Practice of Motherhood in Fifteenth-Century England" in the graduate student category at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at Georgetown University (March 28, 2015)

Katya Mouris has been awarded a summer research grant in the amount of $5000 from the Religious Freedom Project based at Georgetown

Laura Hohman has just accepted a tenure-track job from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville

Spring 2014

Kim Lungociu presented a paper, "Recovering a Fairer Heloise," at a conference sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame, entitled "The Geographic Imagination: Conceptualizing Places and Spaces in the Middle Ages," in March 2014.

 Two history graduate students, Vanessa T. Corcoran and Julie Yarwood, have been named 2014 Cosmos Scholars, through the Cosmos Club Foundation in Washington, D.C. These awards enable their research: Taylor will travel to the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, and Yarwood will work in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives in Madison, WI.

Fall 2013

Marie D'Aguanno Ito defended her dissertation with distinction on November 6, 2013.

Robert Hand defended his dissertation on October 9, 2013.

Julie Yarwood was awarded a Research Grant from the Roosevelt Institute to conduct research for her dissertation at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Archives in October 2013. She was also selected as a Graduate Fellow to participate in the Danforth Distinguished Lectures Young Scholars' Seminar held at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis in November 2013.

Hanael Bianchi was named Outstanding Faculty Member 2012-2013 for Howard Community College.

Spring-Summer 2013

Carol Anderson was accepted to study medieval paleography in Rome through the Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies organized by the University of Toronto's Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.
 
Kate Bush presented two papers: “Cosí elle dice: Paolo Cassanova and the Sermons of Saint Catherine of Bologna,” at the American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 2013; and “Saint Catherine of Bologna’s Sermon on the Animals,” at the Harvard Medieval History Workshop, Cambridge, MA, April 2013.

Marie D'Aguanno Ito presented four papers: "The Florentine Grain Market: Early Origins of an Exchange Market," at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Knoxville, TN, April 2013; "Orsanmichele - The Florentine Grain Market: The Structure of an Early Commodities Exchange," at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2013; "Orsanmichele - The Florentine Grain Market: Fourteenth Century Origins of a Commodities Exchange," presented at the Middle Ages in the Modern World, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, June 2013; and "The Confraternity of Orsanmichele: A Holy Wall of Protection for the Florentine Grain Market," presented at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, UK, July 2013. She organized and moderated a session entitled "Commerce, Credit, and Finance in the Fourteenth Century," at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2013, and chaired the panel "Scotland, St Andrew and St Andrews," Middle Ages in the Modern World, University of St. Andrews, June 2013. She currently serves as Vice President of the Fourteenth Century Society and is President-elect for 2014.

Katya Mouris presented a paper entitled "Intersecting lives: Erasmus and Adrian VI," at the American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 2013.  She was also awarded a DAAD grant to study in Germany for the summer.
 
Sarah Spalding successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Elisabeth of Schönau: Visions and Female Intellectual Culture of the High Middle Ages," under the direction of Prof. Katherine L. Jansen.  She also received the History department's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching.  
 
Julie Yarwood presented a paper entitled “Impacting Government Policy Through Ecumenism and Interfaith Cooperation: The Pioneering Work of Monsignor John O’Grady,” at the American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 2013.  She was also awarded a graduate fellowship to participate in "Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life," held at the University of Portland in June 2013.
 

Fall 2012 

Stephen Borthwick published an article entitled "Dieu et Mon Droit: Spiritual Sovereignty and the Decline of Civilizations in History," Dialogue and Universalism (no. 2, 2012): 17-40.
 
Laura Hohman was awarded a 2012 Bernadotte Schmitt Research Grant through the American Historical Association.
 

Seth Smith published an article entitled “Implementing Vatican II in Two Rural, Southern Parishes,” U.S. Catholic Historian 30 (Summer 2012): 93-114.

 

Spring-Summer 2012

Kate Bush presented three papers: "Cani Giudei: Anti-Semitism in the Sermons of Saint Catherine of Bologna," at the Gender and Medieval Studies Conference--Gender and Punishment, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, January 2012; "Loro Discepole: Animals in the Sermons of Saint Catherine of Bologna," at the Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference--Renaissance Borders, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, April 2012; and "Quanto satisfare vi posso: Questions and Answers in the Sermons of Saint Catherine of Bologna," at the International Conference on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI, May 2012.
 
Jay Harrison had a busy semester.  He successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Franciscan Missionary Theory and Practice in 18th-Century New Spain: The Propaganda Fide Friars in the Texas Missions, 1690-1821," under the direction of Prof. James D. Riley, and was named director of the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado.   Jay also presented a paper entitled "The Franciscan Confrontation with Indigenous Diversity in Spanish Texas, 1690-1821," at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, Chicago, IL, January 2012.
 
Laura Hohman presented a paper entitled “Carolingian Pastoral Care,” at the Council for European Studies’ 19th International Conference of Europeanists, Boston, MA, March 2012.  She also published an article entitled “Carolingian Educational Strategies and Pastoral Care,” Perspectives on Europe 42 (Spring 2012): 93-97.
 
Marie D'Aguanno Ito presented a paper entitled, "Orsanmichele - The Florentine Grain Market: Fourteenth Century Origins of a Commodities Exchange," at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, UK, July 2012, and organized and moderated a session entitled "Commerce, Economics, and Finance in the Fourteenth Century," at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2012. Marie has also been elected president of the Fourteenth Century Society for 2014 and will serve as vice president to James Byrne (Princeton) for 2012-13.
 
Stephen Koeth, C.S.C., presented two papers: " 'It is the Mass that Matters Most': Monsignor George G. Higgins and the Place of the Liturgy in Social Action" at the Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, March 2012; and " 'To Be Better Boys and Become Better Men': The Catholic Boy Magazine and the Ideals of Masculinity in Catholic America, 1948-1970," at the Biennial Conference on the History of Religion, Boston College, Boston, MA, March 2012.
 
Mary Zito Smith received the History department's new Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Research.
 
Seth Smith presented a paper entitled "Implementing Vatican II Outside of the 'Ghetto': A Comparison of Two Isolated, Southern Parishes,” at the annual meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association, Chicago, IL, January 2012.  He also received the History department's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching.  
 
Vanessa Taylor presented two papers: “Banners and Bells: Creating Community in Thirteenth-Century English Processions,” at the Georgetown University Humanities Graduate Conference, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, February 2012; and "Witness of the Holy Land: The Functions of the Tactile in Egeria’s Early Medieval Pilgrimage," at the Geographies of Desire Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, April 2012.
 
Jim Zibro presented two papers: " 'Father was a Soldier of the Union': The Legacy of Civil War Service on Irish-American Volunteers," at the National Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, March, 2012; and " 'Be True to the Land of Your Adoption': Irish Patriotism in the American Civil War," at the Future of Civil War History Conference, Drew University, Madison, NJ, March 2012. 

 

Fall 2011

Sarah Spalding presented a paper entitled "Premonita fueram: Twelfth-Century Intellectual Culture and Elisabeth of Schönau's Visionary Works," at the Haskins Society Conference, Boston College, Boston, MA, in November 2011.

Laura Trauth successfully defended her dissertation entitled "'So ill looked a place, among all the whore houses': Mapping Moral and Physical Cleanliness in London from the Mid-16th to the Mid-17th Century," under the direction of Prof. L. R. Poos.

Yuki Yamazaki successfully defended her dissertation entitled "American Catholic Missions to Japanese in the United States: The Intersection of Religion, Cultures, Generation, Genders, and Politics, 1910-70," under the direction of Prof. Leslie Tentler.

Jim Zibro presented a paper entitled "The Life of Paddy Yank: The Common Irish-American Soldier in the Union Army," at the Legacy of the Civil War conference, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, November 2011.

Spring-Summer 2011

Mick Andersen published "Parsing Ollie: How Conservatives and the Military Viewed Honor, Loyalty and Duty Through the Prism of Lt. Col. Oliver North's Role in Iran-Contra," Security and Defense Review 11 (Fall-Winter 2010).

Brian Boosel, O.S.B., presented a paper entitled "Pierre Antonelle and the Annexation of Avignon: Replacing the Old Religion with the New," at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD, March 2011.

Kate Bush was awarded the John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award by the American Catholic Historical Association.

Jay Harrison presented two papers: "Missions Administration in Eighteenth-Century Texas: Concepts and Practice," at the "From La Florida to La California: The Genesis and Realization of Franciscan Evangelization in the Spanish Borderlands" Franciscan Conference at Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL, March 2011; and "'Para este Santo fin': Conflicts between Franciscan Missionary Ideals and the Demands of Mission Administration in Eighteenth-Century Texas," at the Faith Informing Scholarship Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, March 2011.

Laura Hohman was awarded a fellowship from the Council for European Studies to spend two months this fall in Paris conducting research among unedited sermon manuscripts at the Bibliothèque Nationale.

Marie D'Aguanno Ito organized and moderated a session entitled "Markets, Trade, and Guilds: Perspectives on Fourteenth Century Developments," at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2011.  She also presented a paper entitled "A Public Presence: The Role of Women in Commerce in Early Fourteenth Century Florence," at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, UK, July 2011.

Katya Mouris received a fellowship from Ethics and Public Policy Centre to participate in the Tertio Millennio Seminar, Krakow, Poland, July 2011.

Mary Zito Smith presented a paper entitled “Writing His Way to Heaven: The Sanctity of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Late Medieval Hagiography and Early Modern Roman Oratory,” at the Faith Informing Scholarship Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, March 2011.

Seth Smith was awarded a travel grant from the office of CUA's Dean of Arts and Sciences to complete his dissertation research.

Sarah Spalding presented a paper entitled "The Angelic Guide: Collaboration and Authorship in the Twelfth Century," at the Comitatus Conference at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, February 2011.

Patricia Tillman presented a paper entitled "Faith, Interrogation, and the Consolations of Spirituality," at the 14th Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, March 2011.

Jared Vibbert won Second Prize in the Graduate Student Paper competition of the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for a paper entitled "The Meaning of Words: Two Interpretations of Authentica at the Council of Trent," presented at Bowie State University, Bowie, MD, March 2011.

Julie Yarwood presented a paper entitled "Reconciling the Question of First Confession," at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid- Atlantic Regional Conference, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD, March 2011.  She also received the History Department's Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching award.

Jim Zibro presented a paper entitled "The Life of Paddy Yank: The Common Irish-American Soldier in the Union Army," at the American Conference for Irish Studies national meeting in Madison, WI, March 2011, and received the Past- Presidents Award for an outstanding graduate student paper.

Fall 2010

Mick Andersen was elected 2011 President of the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies (MALAS).

Hanael Bianchi successfully defended his dissertation entitled "St. George's Day: A Cultural History," under the direction of Professor Laura E. Nym Mayhall.

Stephanie J. Richmond successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Atlantic Connections: Gender and Antislavery Women in the United States and Britain," under the direction of Professor Laura E. Nym Mayhall.

Mary Zito Smith presented a paper entitled “Badly Ordered: Walahfrid Strabo’s Vision of the Carolingian World in the Libellus de exordiis et incrementis quarandam in observationibus ecclesiasticis rerum,” at the 29th International Conference of the Charles Homer Haskins Society, Boston College, Boston, MA, November, 2010.

Julie Yarwood presented a paper entitled “Black Marks on the Soul: The Changing Methods of Catechetical Teaching About the Stain of Sin and the Cleansing Power of Confession,” at the New York Metro American Studies Conference, New York, NY, December 2010.

Spring-Summer 2010

Mick Andersen published a book and two articles: Peoples of the Earth; Ethnonationalism, Democracy and the Indigenous Challenge in "Latin" America (Lexington Books, 2010); "Ethnic Politics, Defense and Security in ‘Latin’ America,” Joint Force Quarterly, Issue 58, 3rd Quarter 2010, and "Onto the Right Side of History: Confronting the World’s Last Colonial Legacies by Supporting Indigenous Peoples," in the Culture and Conflict Review, August 30, 2010.

Brian Boosel, O.S.B., was selected as a Mellon Fellow at the Andrew Mellon Institute in Vernacular Paleography, Center for Renaissance Studies, at the Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, during the summer 2010. While at the Newberry, Brian studied 11th through 18th century French Paleography and conducted research for a seminar paper utilizing the Newberry's French manuscript collection.

Kate Bush presented a paper entitled "Domus Paternae: The Many Fathers of Abbot Eugendus," at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2010.

Paul "Wes" Bush presented two papers: "Fighting for Rulership: Charters as a Mode of Dispute between Charles the Bald and Lothar," at the University of Alabama Graduate Student History Conference on Power and Struggle, Tuscaloosa, AL, March 2010; and "The Production of Charters as Political Expediency: Charles the Bald and the Survival of the West Frankish Kingdom (840-843)," at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2010.

Melodie Harris Eichbauer received the Ph.D. for her dissertation entitled "Circumstances and Limits of Ecclesiastical Coercion: Canonical Jurisprudence and Papal Policy in the 12th and 13th Centuries," under the direction of Prof. Kenneth Pennington.

Stanislaw Hajkowski received the Ph.D. for his dissertation entitled "The Cultural Transition and the Attitude of Polish Immigrant Families towards Divorce and Parental Authority in the United States, 1931-40," under the direction of Prof. Leslie Tentler.

Jay Harrison presented two papers: “‘But they are Indians’: Franciscan Perceptions of Indians and Indigenous Culture in Spanish Texas”. Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies annual meeting, Boulder, Colorado, April 7-11, 2010; and “Para este Santo fin: Conflicts between Franciscan Missionary Ideals and the Demands of Mission Administration in Eighteenth-Century Texas,” Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association/AHA, San Diego, January 2010.

Laura Hohman presented two papers: “The Formation of a Middle Ground: Hildegard and Trota’s Perspective on Women’s Health and Sexuality,” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2010; and “A Middle Ground Vantage Point for Twelfth Century Women: Hildegard and Trota’s Unique Perspective on Women’s Health and Sexuality,” Gender and Medieval Studies Conferences, Birmingham, UK, January 2010.

Charles R. Kaczynski received the Ph.D. for his dissertation entitled "Band of Brothers: The Negotiation of Identity within the American Congregation of the Mission and Its New England Province, 1903-99," under the direction of Prof. Leslie Tentler.

Seth Smith presented a paper entitled “The Perils of Throwing Open the Windows of a Church with No Foundation: A Radical Interpretation of Vatican II in an Isolated, Southern Parish,” at the American Catholic Historical Association Spring Meeting at Princeton, NJ, March 2010. Seth was also chosen as a graduate fellow for "Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life," held at the University of Portland in June 2010, and was invited to author a report about his dissertation for the website of the American Catholic Historical Association.

Sarah Spalding presented a paper entitled “Effective Piety: Deconstructing Modes of Learning,” at the Vagantes Graduate Student Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, March 2010.

Vanessa Taylor presented a paper entitled "Acknowledging the Annals: A New Perspective on Witchcraft in the Alice Kyteler Trial," at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2010. 

Patricia Tillman was selected to participate in "Religion, War, and the Meaning of America," part of the Seminars in Christian Scholarship series at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, June-July 2010.