To the Members of the Medieval Academy:
The Special Election to fill the vacancy on the Council closed on Monday night, and I am pleased to announce that Shirin Fozi (History of Art & Architecture, Univ. of Pittsburgh) has been elected to the Council of the Medieval Academy of America. I look forward to working with her as she joins the second-year class of Councilors, serving until the end of the 2023 Annual Meeting. I am very grateful to all three of the candidates who stood for election and to all of the MAA members who voted.
We now turn our attention to the general governance election.
Voting in the Medieval Academy governance election is one of the most important means that members have to impact both the Academy and the future of medieval studies in North America. I am very pleased to announce the names of the Medieval Academy members who have generously agreed to stand for election to office in 2022:
President: Maureen Miller (History, Univ. of California, Berkeley)
First Vice-President: Robin Fleming (History, Boston College)
Second Vice-President (three candidates for one position):
Matthew Gabriele (Religious Studies, Virginia Tech)
Sara Lipton (History, Stony Brook Univ.)
Jerome Singerman (Emeritus Humanities Editor, Univ. of Pennsylvania Press)
Council (eight candidates for four positions):
Winston Black (Independent Scholar, History)
Adam Cohen (Univ. of Toronto, Art History)
Tracy Chapman Hamilton (Independent Scholar, Gender Studies)
Constant Mews (Religious Studies, Monash Univ.)
Karl T. Steel (English, Brooklyn College – CUNY)
Robert Sweetman (Philosophy, Institute for Christian Studies)
Julia Walworth (Manuscript Studies, Merton College Library, Oxford Univ.)
Michelle Warren (Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College)
Nominating Committee (four candidates for two positions):
Margaret Graves (Art History, Indiana Univ.)
Eric Ramírez-Weaver (Art History, Univ. of Virginia)
John Tolan (History, Univ. of Nantes)
William Tronzo (Art History, Univ. of California, San Diego)
Click here for more information about these candidates.
My thanks to the Nominating Committee for their careful and thoughtful work in establishing the slate of Council candidates: Michèle Mulcahey (Chair), Alison Beach, Cord Whitaker, Daisy Delogu, and Carol Symes. My thanks as well to President Thomas Dale for proposing the slate of Nominating Committee candidates.
The election will be conducted in accordance with our By-Laws. The Nominating Committee is charged with nominating eight candidates for the four positions on the Council, balancing racial, gender, geographic, professional, and specialization diversity while also considering the same facets of the incumbents. The current President is charged with proposing four candidates for two openings on the Nominating Committee. As is our practice, the nominees for President and 1st Vice-President run unopposed; the position of 2nd Vice-President is contested among a slate of three candidates.
Additional nominations by petition may be made as follows, in accordance with article 24 of the By-Laws:
Nominations of other members of the Academy for elected officers, Councillors, or members of the Nominating Committee may be made by written petition signed by at least seven members of the Academy. A nomination by petition may be for a single office, several offices, or an entire slate. Such petitions must be received by the Executive Director within twenty days of the circulation of the report of the Nominating Committee (article 23), unless the Council extends the period for making nominations by petition.
As the slate of candidates is being announced on 21 September, the closing date for nominations by petition will be 11 October 2021. Electronic balloting will open on 19 October.
In addition to biographical information, each candidate has submitted a statement detailing their vision for the Academy and their reasons for wanting to participate in its governance. It is our hope that these statements will assist members in making informed choices about the governance of the Medieval Academy. These statements are online here: https://www.medievalacademy.org/page/2022Ballot
As you consider these candidates, you may wish to take into account the demographics and specializations of the incumbents.
If you would prefer to receive a paper ballot and have not received one in the past, please contact me.
Please vote and let your voice be heard. I look forward to your participation in the election of the leadership of the Medieval Academy of America.
– Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director