MAA News – Good News From Our Members

Debby Banham (Cambridge University) and Martha Bayless (University of Oregon) have won ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships to collaborate on a book on bread as a cultural force in Anglo-Saxon England (see

Thomas Barton (Univ. of San Diego) was awarded the Best First Book Prize in Iberian History for 2015-2016 from the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies for his monograph, Contested Treasure: Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon (Penn State, 2015). This award considers all first books on Iberian history, from ancient to modern, written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese published between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2015.

Cristina Maria Cervone (Univ. of Memphis) received a fellowship from the Stanford Humanities Center and will be working on Vernacular Poetics of Metaphor: Middle English and the Corporate Subject there next year.

Therese Martin was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and was awarded a Spanish National Excellence in Research Grant (2016-2018) to direct a research project on “The Medieval Treasury across Frontiers and Generations: The Kingdom of León-Castilla in the Context of Muslim-Christian Interchange, c. 1050-1200.” The interdisciplinary team of scholars consists of Silvia Armando, Jerrilynn Dodds, Amanda Dotseth, Julie Harris, Jitske Jasperse, Elise Morero, Lawrence Nees, Pamela Patton, Mariam Rosser-Owen, David Wasserstein, and Ittai Weinryb. The first fruits of their research will be presented at a conference, with additional papers by María Judith Feliciano, Maribel Fierro, Eva Hoffman, Eduardo Manzano, and Ana Rodríguez, at Princeton University 19-20 May 2017.

Karen Pinto (Boise State Univ.) was awarded a 2016 Franklin Grant to conduct Islamic map research in Oriental manuscript libraries in Europe and the Middle East.

Lori J. Walters (Florida State Univ.) was awarded a twelve-month fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies to work on her new project, The Female Creator: Christine de Pizan and her Books.

The following members recently received awards from the American Council of Learned Societies (other ACLS awardees were announced in previous newsletters):

Melodie H. Eichbauer (Florida Gulf Coast Univ.), ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship: “Codes, Communities, and Church: The Cultural Contexts of Medieval Law”

Dyan H. Elliott (Northwestern Univ.), ACLS Fellowship program: “Sexual Scandal and the Medieval Clergy”

Margaret Gaida (Univ. of Oklahoma), Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship: “Encounters with Alcabitius: Reading Arabic Astrology in the Latin West, 950-1560”

Jacob Hobson (Univ. of California, Berkeley), Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship: “Exegetical Theory and Textual Communities in Late Anglo-Saxon England”

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton (Univ. of Notre Dame), ACLS Fellowship program: “Medieval Interiorities and Modern Readers: Recovering Medieval Reading Practices for Understanding the Self”

Rebecca Maloy (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder), ACLS Fellowship program: “Sung in Honor of Sacrifice: Text, Melody, and Exegesis in the Iberian Offertory”

John K. Moore (Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham), ACLS Fellowship program: “His Majesty’s Prosecutor v. José Soller, Mulatto Pilgrim, for Impersonating a Priest and Other Crimes”: A Study, Critical Edition, and Translation

Congratulations to all! If you have something you’d like to share, please send your good news to Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis (

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