IFGM President, 2014-15
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Yvonne Seale is a PhD candidate and a Presidential Graduate Fellow of the University of Iowa. Her dissertation research focuses on the involvement of women with the Premonstratensian religious order in twelfth and thirteenth-century northern France. She is currently working on her dissertation, entitled "'Ten Thousand Women': Gender, Affinity, and the Development of the Premonstratensian Order in Medieval France."

She received her B.A. in History, Archaeology and Ancient History from Trinity College Dublin (2006) and her M.Litt. in Mediaeval History from the University of St. Andrews (2008). Yvonne is the president of the Iowa Forum of Graduate Medievalists (2014-15), served as Secretary-Treasurer of the UIowa Graduate History Society (2012-13) and was a HASTAC Scholar (2012-13). She is currently Assistant Editor for the Hortulus Journal of Medieval Studies.

Twitter: @yvonneseale

Selected Awards:

William O. Aydelotte Dissertation Fellowship, University of Iowa, 2015-16.

The Barry Prize for Best Graduate Paper, American Society of Irish Medieval Studies, 2013-14.

First Place, Humanities Division Papers, Sixteenth Annual James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference, University of Iowa, 2014.

Graduate Student Senate Travel Funds Award, University of Iowa, 2013.


"De Monasterio Desolato: Politics and Patronage in an Irish Frontier Convent," forthcoming in The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies, Vol. 4 (2015).

"Imagining Medieval Europe in the College Classroom," forthcoming in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching.

"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.

"Family and Finances in Fifteenth-Century Dublin" in History Ireland 22:3 (May/June 2014), 16-19.

Book Reviews:

Review of Celia Chazelle, Simon Doubleday, Felice Lifshitz and Amy G. Remensnyder, eds., Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice. New York: Routledge, 2012, in Hortulus: the Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies, 11:1 (Fall 2014), 67-71. [Read online]