Awards and Appointments:

Yvonne Seale (History) received an award from the University of Iowa Graduate College Fellowship Incentive Program. She was also accepted to the American Historical Association's 2016 Undergraduate Teaching Workshop, which was held at its annual conference in Atlanta, GA.

Recent graduate Dr. Kristi DiClemente (History, '15) has accepted a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS.


Rebecca Smith (Art History) published an article:

"Flowers of Fragility: A Discussion of the Structure and Design of Gothic Rose Windows", AVISTA Forum Journal, 23.1/2 (2015).

Yvonne Seale (History) published two guest columns and a book review:

"On Empathy in Editing", Guest Column, Hortulus: the Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies, June 6, 2015. [Read online]

Review of Sara McDougall, Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012, in The UCLA Historical Journal, 26:1 (2015). [Read online]

"The First Female Anglo-Saxonist," in "History Matters" column, History Today. [Read online]

José Pablo Barragán-Nieto (Spanish & Portuguese) co-authored a book chapter:

José Pablo Barragán Nieto and Luis Martín-Estudillo, "Monstrous Births: Authority and Biology in Early Modern Spain" in Writing Monsters: Essays on Iberian and Latin American Cultures. Eds. Adriana Gordillo and Nicholas Spadaccini. Hispanic Issues On Line 15: 12–25. [Read online]

Activities and Events:

In December 2015, Heather Wacha (History) spoke to students at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids about medieval manuscripts and how they can be used as historical sources.

In February 2016, Heather addressed the Iowa Bibliophile Society about the findings of her work as a specialist researcher attached to the University of Iowa Special Collections (pictured right). Heather presented her findings from examining medieval manuscript leaves in the collections in a talk titled, “The Mysterious Chain of Psalms: Identifying and Recovering an Otto Ege Manuscript.”

Also in February, recent alum Kristi DiClemente (History) brought the art of fencing to her medieval history students at the Mississippi University for Women.

Open Access Scholarship:

Spenser Santos (English) has launched the #AutoCorrectChaucer project, asking what would Geoffrey Chaucer's work look like if instead of a scribe, he had Autocorrect as the medium intervening between poet and text. Spenser also blogged about the recent #FemFog controversy and what this says about ethics and gender in the field of medieval studies.

Yvonne Seale (History) blogged about the clothing of medieval religious women and about the life and career of the pioneering medievalist, Helen Maybury Roe.

Heather Wacha (History) helped to produce another installment of the video series, "If Books Could Talk", which explores the medieval manuscript holdings of the University of Iowa Special Collections.