Program in Medieval Studies Faculty
All faculty members appointed to the Program in Medieval Studies also hold positions in other departments. Click on any of the links below for that faculty’s other departmental page.
Archaeology | Art History | Asian Studies | Classics | Comparative Literature
English | German Studies | History | Linguistics | Music | Near Eastern Studies
Philosophy | Romance Studies | Russian Literature
Ahl, Frederick M. | Professor
Department of Classics
Campus address: 123 Goldwin Smith Hall
Contact: (607) 255-8324 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Specializations: Late Latin epic.
Specializations: Late antique and Byzantine art, architecture, and visual culture; archaeology and architectural history of late antique and medieval Anatolia.
Specializations: Judeo-Islamic studies; Islamic Spain.
Brittain, Charles F. | Susan Linn Sage Professor in Philosophy and Humane Letters
Department of Classics (Chair) | Department of Philosophy
Campus address: 121 Goldwin Smith Hall
Contact: (607) 255-8330 | email@example.com
Specializations: Early medieval philosophy (Christian and pagan); Platonism; intellectual history.
Specializations: Old Church Slavonic; historical and comparative Slavic philology; South Slavic languages, Polish, Russian and Belarusian, the Balkan language area, Old Church Slavonic, Slavic historical grammar, comparative and contrastive grammar, and pedagogical grammar. In general linguistics: syntax, morphology, and phonology (in particular relative and other subordinate clauses) interrogatives, clitic rules, word order, reflexive verbs, accent rules, etc., usually using Slavic material.
Specializations: Medieval Scandinavia and Old Norse (history and literature); cultural history, especially of medieval Europe; violence, honour and gender; paganism and conversion history.
Specializations: Old and Middle English (at present especially Chaucer, Langland, Gower); medieval history writing; intellectual communities and the sociology of knowledge; visions of women and women’s writings; paleography and codicology.
Specializations: Early Christianity and early Judaism; religion in Late Antiquity; text transmission in Late Antiquity; asceticism and monasticism.
Specializations: History of music theory and thought; Pythagoreanism and Platonism; Medieval Latin philology and manuscript studies; Medieval Persian literature.
Specializations: Old and Middle English literature; Old Norse-Icelandic literature; English philology. Though primarily interested in literature, he has occasionally served on committees of students interested in linguistics.
Specializations: Medical history, Chinese government policies to educate southern peoples in medicine, suppression of southern “shamans.”
Specializations: Medieval French and Italian literature; phenomenology; theology; pornography; critical poetics; sexuality and gender studies.
Specializations: Specializes in medieval philosophy and philosophy of religion. His interests also include ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of action, and Aristotle. He has taught advanced courses in recent years on Augustine, Aquinas’s moral psychology, the concept of free will in the Middle Ages, the place of Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics in medieval philosophy, and divine goodness.
Manning, Sturt | Goldwin Smith Professor of Classical Archaeology
Department of Classics (Director, Intercollege Program in Archaeology)
Campus address: 135 Goldwin Smith Hall/B48 Goldwin Smith Hall
Contact: (607) 255-8650 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Specializations: Archaeology (especially Mediterranean, Near East and Europe), archaeological theory, complex societies; dendrochronology (and dendroarchaeology and dendro-environment studies) – for example re Medieval period: structures, landscapes, etc., in Europe and Mediterranean region; climate and history; archaeological science.
Specializations: Italian literature and culture (especially 1200-1600). Feminist criticism. Critical pedagogy.
Specializations: Medieval musicology, thirteenth-century French secular music, music and queer identity, rock music and gender.
Specializations: Medieval Spanish literature, especially books of chivalry, Golden Age poetics, cartography, theories of space, “mester de clerecía,” romance.
Powers, David S. | Professor
Director, Medieval Studies Program
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Campus address: 421 White Hall
Contact: (607) 255-6275 | email@example.com
Specializations: Medieval Islamic history and law.
Specializations: Middle English literature, allegory theory, medieval philosophy and rhetoric, contemporary critical theory, feminist and queer studies.
Specializations: History and Archaeology of Late Antiquity, Transformation of the Classical World, Tertullian, Augustine, Latin Sermons.
Specializations: Medieval Mediterranean visual culture, 1000-1500 A.D. (Islamic and Christian); religion and art; medieval Iberia and the Maghreb, interfaces between visual culture and literature, and Sufism.
Specializations: literary aspects of scientific and technical texts from the ancient world; interaction of verbal and visual elements in those texts; definition and dissemination of scientific work.
Specializations: Chinese literature and literary thought from Han through early Song; medieval Chinese intellectual history; text production and text culture in pre-modern China.
Specializations: Indo-European linguistics, Old Irish.
Specializations: Old and Middle English language and literature; manuscript studies; homilies; patristic and medieval biblical studies and exegesis; Jewish intellectual history; religion and political theology; pre-modern ideas of nation.
Retired Faculty / Emeriti
Specializations: Old French epic, courtly romance, the history of the French language, Old French and Old Occitan (Provençal) language and literature.
Groos, Arthur | Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities (Emeritus)
Department of German Studies | Department of Music
Campus address: 182 Goldwin Smith Hall
Contact: (607) 255-8354| firstname.lastname@example.org |
Specializations: Old and Middle High German literature; early modern city culture; German and Italian opera; history of science.
Specializations: Syntactic structures of the Germanic languages (especially the older ones) and the Celtic languages (primarily Welsh and Scottish Gaelic), and what they can tell us about the principles of syntactic organization operating in natural language. Germanic philology (Old Norse and Icelandic, Old and Middle High German, Old English, Old Saxon, Gothic, modern German and Scandinavian languages), Celtic language and philology (especially medieval and modern Welsh).
Specializations: Medieval, European social, legal, political history. England to 1400.
Specializations: Latin paleography and medieval intellectual history
Specializations: Rhetoric; Neo-Latin; medieval Latin and Italian literature. Italian, French, English, and German texts from Dante to Milton.
Specializations: Classical and Near Eastern archaeology, Aegean dendrochronology, numismatics.
Specializations: Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, especially Florence; Machiavelli.
Specializations: Medieval western European languages and literatures (in particular Old Norse, Middle Irish, and Anglo-Norman French); cultures in contact; technical vocabularies and the transfer of technology (in particular nautical and maritime).
Specializations: Origin of Russian historiography in the 11th century, reflection of the medieval cult’s of saints in the history of Russian culture in and beyond the medieval period.
Wetherbee, Winthrop | Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities (Emeritus)
Department of English | Department of Classics
Campus address: 283 Goldwin Smith
Contact: (607) 255-6806 | email@example.com | web
Specializations: Chaucer; Middle English; Classical and medieval Latin; Dante; Old French poetry; Medieval literary criticitism.