Congratulations go to four newly-minted doctors:

Dr. Sonja Mayrhofer (English), who defended her doctoral dissertation, "The Body (Un)Balanced: Humoral Theory and Late Medieval Literature", on January 30th

Dr. Sarah Matthews (History), who defended her doctoral dissertation, "Matter over Mind: Pietro d'Abano (d. 1316) and the Science of Physiognomy", on March 26th

Dr. Michael Sarabia (English), who defended his doctoral dissertation, "The Extinction of Fiction: Breaking Boundaries and Acknowledging Character in Medieval Literature" on April 6th.

Dr. Kristi DiClemente (History), who defended her doctoral dissertation, "Agency and Expectations: Women’s Experiences in Marriage Disputes in Fourteenth-Century Paris" on May 7th.

Member Ashley Tickle (Religious Studies) successfully defended her Master's thesis "From the Alps to Appalachia: The Evolution of the Waldensians" on May 4th. Ashley was also accepted into the history doctoral program of the University of Alabama.


Yvonne Seale (History) published a review and an article:

Review of Tanya Stabler Miller, The Beguines of Medieval Paris: Gender, Patronage, and Spiritual Authority. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, in Retrospectives: A Post-Graduate History Journal, 4:1 (2015). [Read online]

"Précis of the 2014 Barry Prize Winner: Loughsewdy alias Plary: a Cistercian Nunnery Reconsidered", in Eolas: The Journal for the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies 8:1 (2015), 135-41."

Open Access Research:

Michelle Seiler (History) continued with her series of blog posts inspired by her research trip to England: Edith Pretty, the woman behind the famous Sutton Hoo excavations; on Paddington Bear, memory studies and war commemoration; who's buried next to Henry VIII of England; and the never-should-have-been monarchs of Britain.

Meanwhile, Kristi DiClemente (History) shared some of her findings on medieval marriage rituals and some instances of manuscript marginalia. Kristi's research, published in the journal Hortulus, also formed the basis of an article on marriage disputes in medieval Europe in the April 11 issue of German magazine Der Spiegel (article pictured right).

Spenser Santos (English) published a translation of "The Seafarer" from the Old English, in the journal Asymptote.

Yvonne Seale (History) wrote about the medievalist art and architecture of Iowa City, compiled a handlist of medieval Latin and French dictionaries, and hosted a round of the History Carnival. She also recapped the sessions she attended at this year's International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo.

Heather Wacha (History) launched a new video blog series in conjunction with University of Iowa Special Collections, called "If Books Could Talk." Each installment explores the history of one of the manuscripts held here at the University of Iowa, by exploring the material it's made of, how it's bound, and what marks its past use has left behind. Check out the first two episodes on YouTube, and then follow the links to Heather's blog, where she discusses each manuscript in more detail:



On March 26, Kristi DiClemente (History) addressed an audience at the Granger House Museum and Cultural Center in Marion IA on "Life in Tudor England" as part of their Masterpiece Book and Film Club lecture series.

On May 2, IFGM held a one-day symposium on issues of interpretation in medieval studies. Graduate students from five different departments—Art History, Classics, English, History, and Religious Studies—presented research on the theme of "Medieval Myth-Busting." The day was a great success, and represents the first of a planned series of regular events bringing together medievalists from across the University of Iowa campus.

(Pictured right: Kristi DiClemente (History), Heather Wacha (History), Anna Isbell (Art History) and Spenser Santos (English))

Appointments and Awards:

Michelle Seiler (History) has been appointed assistant editor for the Fall 2015 volume of the Hortulus journal of medieval studies.

Member Heather Wacha (History) has been accepted to participate in, and received funding to attend, the Middle French Paleography Workshop held at Columbia University this summer. She has also been awarded the Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Summer Award.

Andrew Steck (History) was accepted into the Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies, a two summer course (2015-2016) run jointly by the Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto and the American Academy in Rome. Andrew was also awarded a Mellon Fellowship for each summer.