MAA News – MAA Governance Election

Voting in the annual MAA governance election is now open. This is one of the most important means that members have to impact both the MAA 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 2023:

Robin Fleming (History, Boston College)

First Vice-President:
Sara Lipton (History, Stony Brook University)

Second Vice-President (three candidates for one position):
Suzanne Conklin Akbari (English/History, Institute for Advanced Study)
Peggy McCracken (French and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan)
Marina Rustow (History, Princeton University)

Council (eight candidates for four positions):
Roland Betancourt (Art History, Univ. of California at Irvine)
Gerard Chouin (History, The College of William and Mary)
Bonnie Effros (History, Univ. of British Columbia)
Nahyan Fancy (History, Depauw Univ.)
Christopher MacEvitt (Religion, Dartmouth College)
Luisa Nardini (Musicology, Univ. of Texas at Austin)
Xiaofei Tian (Chinese Literature, Harvard Univ.)
Michelle C. Wang (Art History, Georgetown Univ.)

Nominating Committee (four candidates for two positions)
Gregor Kalas (Art History, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Akash Kumar (Italian Studies, Univ. of California at Berkeley)
Michelle M. Sauer (English, Univ. of North Dakota)
Jesús R. Velasco (Spanish, Yale Univ.)

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. My thanks as well to President Maureen Miller 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.

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:

As you consider these candidates, you may wish to take into account the demographics and specializations of the incumbents.

You may only cast one ballot and you must be a member of the MAA in order to vote. Your ballot must be received by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, 3 January 2023. If you would prefer to receive a paper ballot and have not received one in the past, please contact me.

You will find the ballot link in the email that was sent to you on October 17. If you’ve lost track of that message, don’t worry, I’ll send several reminders that will include the link!

Thank you for participating in the election.

– Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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