Announcement of 2011 Election

2011 Election

Election procedure
. Information regarding candidates for the 2011 election follows below. Additional candidates may be nominated by petition. All candidates must be members of the Academy. Nominating petitions must be signed by twelve members of the Academy. Nominators should apprise the Medieval Academy office of their plans as soon as possible and follow the procedures specified in the by-laws. The ballot for the 2011 election will be mailed by January 2011. The due date for the receipt of ballots at the Academy’s office is 31 January 2011. This date allows time both for members to mail ballots and for staff to process them before the Academy’s annual meeting, which will be held in Tempe, Arizona, 14 – 16 April 2011.

Candidates in the 2011 election. For President (one-year term): Alice-Mary Talbot. For First Vice-President (one-year term): Maryanne Kowaleski. For Second Vice-President (one-year term): Richard W. Unger. For Councillor (three-year term): Robert Gary Babcock, Susan Boynton, Paul M. Cobb, Florin Curta, Bonnie Effros, Sharon Kinoshita, Cary J. Nederman, and Martha G. Newman. For the Nominating Committee (two-year term): Olivia Remie Constable, Thomas Dale, Sean L. Field, and Alan M. Stahl.

The elected members of the Nominating Committee for the 2011 election are Sharon Farmer, Sabine MacCormack, Richard Rouse, and Paolo Squatriti. The Nominating Committee chooses one candidate for the presidential and vice-presidential offices and two candidates for each vacancy on the council. The candidates for election to the next Nominating Committee were chosen by Elizabeth A. R. Brown, Medieval Academy President, who presents two candidates for each vacancy on the committee. The chair of the Nominating Committee for the 2011 election is Rachel Fulton. The chair, appointed by the President from among former members of the committee, serves a one-year term.

Brief biographies of the candidates follow below. Members should keep this information for easy reference when voting.

Candidates for the 2011 Medieval Academy election:


Alice-Mary Talbot, Director Emerita of Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks. B.A., Radcliffe Coll.; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia Univ. Interests: Byzantine cultural history, monasticism and hagiography, editing and translation of texts, gender studies. Publications: The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium (1991, with A. Kazhdan); Holy Women of Byzantium (1996); Women and Religious Life in Byzantium (2001, with D. Sullivan); The History of Leo the Deacon: Byzantine Military Expansion in the Tenth Century (2005).

First Vice-President

Maryanne Kowaleski
, Joseph Fitzpatrick Distinguished Professor of History and Director of Medieval Studies, Fordham Univ. A.B., Univ. of Michigan; M.S.L., Pontifical Inst. of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto; M.A., Ph.D., Univ. of Toronto. Interests: economic and social history. Publications: Local Markets and Regional Trade in Medieval Exeter (1995); The Havener’s Accounts of the Earldom and Duchy of Cornwall, 1287 – 1356 (ed., 2001); Medieval Towns: A Reader (ed., 2006); Medieval Domesticity: Home, Housing and Household in Medieval England (ed., with P. J. P. Goldberg, 2009).

Second Vice-President

Richard W. Unger
, Professor Emeritus of History, Univ. of British Columbia. B.A., Haverford Coll.; A.M., Univ. of Chicago; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale Univ. Interests: environmental history, economic history, history of technology. Publications: Ships and Shipping in the North Sea and Atlantic, 1400 – 1800 (1998); Britain and Poland-Lithuania: Contact and Comparison from the Middle Ages to 1795 (ed., 2008); Beer in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (2004); Pictures of Power: Ships on Maps in Renaissance Europe (2010).


Robert Gary Babcock, Professor of Classics, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. B.A., Louisiana State Univ.; M.A., Ph.D., Duke Univ. Interests: Latin paleography, medieval Latin, transmission and reception of classical literature. Publications: Reconstructing a Medieval Library: Fragments from Lambach(1993); “A Papyrus Codex of Gregory the Great’s Forty Homilies on the Gospels,” Scriptorium (2000); A Book of Her Own (ed., 2005); “The Engelberg Manuscript of the Waltharius: Joseph von Lassberg, Johann Caspar Orelli and Jacob Grimm,” Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch (2010).

Susan Boynton, Associate Professor of Historical Musicology, Columbia Univ. B.A., M.A., Yale Univ.; Diplôme d’études médiévales, Louvain-la-Neuve; Ph.D., Brandeis Univ. Interests: liturgy, chant, monasticism, history of education. Publications: “Glosses on the Office Hymns in Eleventh-Century Continental Hymnaries,” The Journal of Medieval Latin (2001); “Orality, Literacy, and the Early Notation of the Office Hymns,” Journal of the American Musicological Society (2003); Shaping a Monastic Identity: Liturgy and History at the Imperial Abbey of Farfa, 1000-1125 (2006); “Prayer as Liturgical Performance in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Monastic Psalters,” Speculum (2007).

Paul M. Cobb, Associate Professor of Islamic History, Univ. of Pennsylvania. B.A., Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.A., Ph.D., Univ. of Chicago. Interests: Islam and the West, Crusades, Arabic literature. Publications: Strategies of Medieval Communal Identity: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (ed., 2004); Usama ibn Munqidh: Warrior-Poet of the Age of Crusades (2005); The Book of Contemplation: Islam and the Crusades (trans., 2008); Umayyad Legacies: Medieval Memories from Syria to Spain (ed., 2010).

Florin Curta, Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology, Univ. of Florida. B.A., Univ. of Bucharest; M.A., Cornell Univ.; M.A., Ph.D., Western Michigan Univ. Interests: Byzantium, medieval archaeology, Eastern Europe, economic and social history. Publications: Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, ca. 500-1250 (2006); “Some Remarks on Ethnicity in Medieval Archaeology,” Early Medieval Europe (2007); “Medieval Archaeology in South-Eastern Europe,” in Reflections: 50 Years of Medieval Archaeology, 1957 – 2007,ed. Roberta Gilchrist and Andrew Reynolds (2009); “The Archaeology of Service Settlements in Eastern Europe,” Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages: A Cultural History, ed. Piotr Górecki and Nancy van Deusen (2009).

Bonnie Effros, Professor of History and Rothman Chair and Director, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, Univ. of Florida. B.A., Brandeis Univ.; M.A., Ph.D., Univ. of California, Los Angeles. Interests: early medieval history and archaeology, early medieval gender, history of archaeology, early medieval religious practice and spirituality. Publications: Creating Community with Food and Drink in Merovingian Gaul (2002); Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World (2002; paperback ed., 2009); Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages (2003); Uncovering the Germanic Past: Merovingian Archaeology in France, 1830-1914 (forthcoming).

Sharon Kinoshita
, Professor of Literature, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz. A.B., M.A., Ph.D., Univ. of California, Berkeley. Interests: medieval French literature, medieval Mediterranean studies, medieval comparative literature. Publications: Medieval Boundaries: Rethinking Difference in Old French Literature (2006); “What’s Up in French Medieval Studies?” Australian Journal of French Studies (2009); “Medieval Mediterranean Literature,” in PMLA (2009); “Worlding Medieval French Literature,” French Literary History: A Global Approach, ed. Susan Suleiman and Christie McDonald (forthcoming).

Cary J. Nederman
, Professor of Political Science, Texas A&M Univ. B.A., Columbia Univ.; M.A., Ph.D., York Univ., Toronto. Interests: intellectual history, history of political thought, history of philosophy. Publications: John of Salisbury (2005); Machiavelli (2009); Lineages of European Political Thought: Explorations along the Medieval/Modern Divide from John of Salisbury to Hegel (2009); Mind Matters: Studies on Medieval and Early Modern Intellectual History in Honour of Marcia Colish (ed. with Nancy van Deusen and E. Ann Matter, 2010).

Martha G. Newman, Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies and Chair, Dept. of Religious Studies, Univ. of Texas, Austin. B.A., Harvard Univ.; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford Univ. Interests: history of Christianity, monasticism, gender studies, cultural history. Publications: The Boundaries of Charity: Cistercian Culture and Ecclesiastical Reform, 1098 – 1180 (1996); “Crucified by the Virtues: Laybrothers and Women in Thirteenth-Century Cistercian Saints’ Lives,” in Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages, ed. S. Farmer and C. Pasternack (2003); “Real Men and Imaginary Women: Engelhard of Langheim Considers a Woman in Disguise,” Speculum (2003); “Considerations on Life and Death: Medieval Asceticism and the Dissolution of the Self,” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (2009).

Nominating Committee

Olivia Remie Constable, Professor of History and Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Inst., Univ. of Notre Dame. B.A., Yale Univ.; Ph.D., Princeton Univ. Interests: Mediterranean, Spain, Christian-Muslim relations. Publications: Trade and Traders in Muslim Spain: The Commercial Realignment of the Iberian Peninsula, 900 – 1500 (1994); Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources (ed., 1997); Housing the Stranger in the Mediterranean World: Lodging, Trade, and Travel in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (2003); “Chess and Courtly Culture in Medieval Castile: The Libro de Ajedrez of Alfonso X, el Sabio,” Speculum (2007).

Thomas Dale, Chair and Professor of Art History, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison. B.A., Univ. of Toronto; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Univ. Interests: medieval Italy, esp. Venice; Romanesque art; cult of the saints. Publications: Relics, Prayer and Politics in Medieval Venetia: Romanesque Painting in the Crypt of Aquileia Cathedral (1997); “The Individual, the Resurrected Body, and Romanesque Portraiture: The Tomb of Rudolf von Schwaben in Merseburg,” Speculum (2002); “The Monstrous,” in A Companion to Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe, ed. Conrad Rudolph (2006); “Cultural Hybridity in Medieval Venice: Re-inventing the East at San Marco after the Fourth Crusade,” in San Marco and the Myths of Venice, ed. Henry Maguire and Robert S. Nelson (2010).

Sean L. Field, Associate Professor of History, Univ. of Vermont. A.B., Univ. of Michigan; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern Univ. Interests: Capetian France, sanctity, inquisition, women and writing. Publications: The Writings of Agnes of Harcourt: The Life of Isabelle of France and the Letter on Louis IX and Longchamp (2003); Isabelle of France: Capetian Sanctity and Franciscan Identity in the Thirteenth Century (2006); “The Master and Marguerite: Godfrey of Fontaines’s Praise of the Mirror of Simple Souls,” Journal of Medieval History (2009); “Marie of Saint-Pol and Her Books,” The English Historical Review (2010).

Alan M. Stahl
, Curator of Numismatics, Firestone Library, Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton Univ. B.A., Univ. of California, Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania. Interests: history, numismatics, archaeology. Publications: The Merovingian Coinage of the Region of Metz (1982); The Documents of Angelo de Cartura and Donato Fontanella: Venetian Notaries in Fourteenth-Century Crete (ed., 2000); Zecca: The Mint of Venice in the Middle Ages (2000); The Book of Michael of Rhodes (ed., with Pamela O. Long and David McGee, 3 vols., 2009).

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