Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Lydia Hamessley, Ph.D., Professor of Music

Areas of Expertise: American folk and traditional musics; banjo; music and film; Medieval and Renaissance music; and music and gender.
Hamessley received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota before coming to Hamilton in 1991. She teaches courses in Medieval and Renaissance music history, world music, American folk and traditional music, opera and film music. More >>

She received the Class of 1962 Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007 and the Samuel & Helen Lang Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2013. She was twice awarded the Class of 1963 Faculty Fellowship to support the development of additional areas of teaching expertise.

She was the coordinator for the conference Feminist Theory and Music: Toward a Common Language, in Minneapolis, held in 1991. Hamessley has published articles in Music & Letters; Queering The Pitch: The New Gay and Lesbian Musicology; Menacing Virgins: Images of Virginity in the Middle Ages and Renaissance; Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture; Ruth Crawford Seeger's Worlds: Innovation and Tradition in Twentieth-Century American Music; and 19th-Century Music. She is the co-editor, with Elaine Barkin, of Audible Traces: Gender, Identity, and Music. Hamessley is currently working on a project about Dolly Parton as well as a preparing an article on the music for Paul Green's symphonic drama The Lost Colony (1937). She is also a clawhammer banjo player.

Xavier Tubau Moreu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Areas of Expertise: Golden Age Spanish literature and Renaissance intellectual history.
Xavier Tubau received his Ph.D. in Spanish literature from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2008, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona before coming to Hamilton in 2013. More >>

Tubau specializes in Renaissance intellectual history and Golden Age Spanish literature. Currently, he is writing a book about political propaganda during the empire of Charles V. Tubau has published two books: Una polémica literaria: Lope de Vega y Diego de Colmenares (2007), and Erasmo mediador: Política y religión en los primeros años de la Reforma (2012) and has published articles in journals such as Anuario de Estudios Medievales, Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, Criticón, Humanistica Lovaniensia, Revista de Filología Española, and Traditio.

Maria Willstedt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Areas of Expertise: Medieval Spanish literature and culture.
Maria Willstedt earned her Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Yale University (B.A. and M.A. in Latin and romance languages from Abo Akademi, Finland). More >>

Willstedt's specialization is medieval Spanish literature and culture. Her main areas of interest are medieval and Golden Age short narrative genres, especially the framed-tale tradition, and eighteenth-century Spanish medievalism (first editions). Before coming to Hamilton Willstedt taught at Florida State University and the University of Pennsylvania.

John Eldevik, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

Areas of Expertise: social and economic history of the early Middle Ages, history of law and mechanisms of conflict resolution, and perceptions of non-Christian peoples and lands in medieval manuscript culture.
John Eldevik received his Ph.D from UCLA and taught at UCLA and Pomona College before coming to Hamilton in 2010. More >>

Eldevik also holds the Licence in Mediaeval Studies (2004) from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. His primary research and teaching interests are in medieval social and religious history, particularly the role of the bishop in the early Middle Ages, as well as the Crusades and the history of political and religious dissent.

His first book, Episcopal Lordship and Ecclesiastical Reform in the German Empire, 950-1150 was recently published by Cambridge University Press and examines how medieval bishops used the collection of ecclesiastical tithes (taxes) to foster important social and political relationships in their dioceses.

Eldevik is currently working on a study of the manuscript transmission of texts on the Crusades and Islam in medieval Bavaria.

Bonnie Krueger, Ph.D., Burgess Professor of French

Areas of Expertise: medieval and Renaissance French literature and culture; medieval and early modern women writers; Chrétien de Troyes; Christine de Pizan; Antoine de la Sale; medieval European courtly romance; medieval and early modern conduct books; and French language pedagogy.
Roberta L. Krueger, a specialist in medieval French literature and culture, joined the Hamilton faculty in 1980 after earning a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz. More >>

Krueger has published numerous articles on a diverse range of subjects including Old French courtly romance, medieval French women writers, and courtesy books and moral education from the 12th to the 15th centuries, as well as two books—Women Readers and the Ideology of Gender in Old French Courtly Verse Romance (1993) and The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance (2000), an anthology of essays she edited on medieval romance in France, England, Germany, Italy and Spain. She participated in a team translation of the Lancelot-Grail romance published by Garland Press (1995) and, in abridged form, in the Lancelot-Grail Reader (2000).

A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Krueger is a founding co-editor of The Medieval Feminist Newsletter and co-founder of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship. She is currently beginning research on a book tentatively titled A History of Self-Help, on "how-to" books from antiquity to the present, and is completing a project on the literature of conduct in late medieval France.

Krueger has served as a representative for New York State on Modern Language Association's Delegate Assembly and has chaired the Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee. She is a member of the editorial board of Speculum, the oldest journal in the United States devoted to medieval studies.

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Pamela Diaz, M.A., Visiting Instructor of French

Areas of Expertise: French language pedagogy and medieval French literary culture.
Pamela Diaz received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University, and her master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she is currently working on completing her Ph.D. in French and Medieval Studies. More >>

The title of her dissertation is "Unruly Language in the Roman de Renart." Diaz's teaching and research focuses on medieval French, Spanish and Latin literatures (espeocially le Roman de Renart and Ysengrimus), manuscript studies (codicology and paleography), medieval philosophy, animal studies, oral traditions, 12th century reform and social change, history of ideas and foreign language pedagogy (especially with the integration of medieval studies).

Katherine Terrell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

Areas of Expertise: Old English, Middle English and Middle Scots language and literature.
Katherine H. Terrell, associate professor of English, received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2005, after earning graduate degrees from the University of Toronto and Oxford University. More >>

She specializes in Middle English and Middle Scots literature, and her work has appeared in The Chaucer Review, Studies in Philology and Romance Quarterly, and in Cultural Diversity in Medieval Britain (ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, 2008); in addition, Terrell is the co-editor of Scotland and the Shaping of Identity in Medieval Britain (Palgrave, 2012). She was recently a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. Terrell’s current project examines how the poetic and historical discourses of medieval Scotland create a nationalist discourse through their responses to English writings. Her teaching interests include Old English, Chaucer, women's writing and medieval Christian depictions of Muslims and Jews.

Anjela Mescall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Areas of Expertise: the intersections of Muslim and Christian cultures as seen through the Early Modern literary production of the Mediterranean, particularly the Iberian Peninsula.
Anjela Mescall, assistant professor of comparative literature, earned her Ph.D. from Emory University. More >>

Mescall’s research and teaching interests focus on the intersections of Muslim and Christian cultures as seen through the Early Modern literary production of the Mediterranean, particularly the Iberian Peninsula. Through a study of moriscos (those Muslims forced to convert to Christianity during the 16th Century in the Spanish kingdoms), her most recent project analyzes the Iberian legacy of convivencia (peaceful and violent cohabitation of Jews, Muslims and Christians) as depicted in Spanish, Arabic and aljamiado texts after the 1492 decline of al-Andalus.

Barbara Gold, Ph.D., The Edward North Professor of Classics

Areas of Expertise: classical literature and social history, feminist theory, and late antiquity and medieval literature.
Barbara Gold, who earned a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joined the Hamilton faculty in 1989. More >>

Gold’s research interests are Greek and Roman literature, comparative literature, women in antiquity, and feminist theory and classics, and late antique/early Christian literature.  Gold was the first woman editor of The American Journal of Philology, the oldest journal in the U.S.

Gold is editor of The Blackwell Companion to Roman Elegy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), to which she contributed a chapter, “Patronage and the Elegists: Social Reality or Literary Construction?,” and is editor of the forthcoming  Perpetua: a Martyr’s Tale (Oxford University Press, 2012). She is also working on a book on Juvenal’s Roman satires and is the co-editor of Roman Women: Gender, Representation and Reception (forthcoming).  Gold wrote a number of articles that were published or forthcoming in Classical World, Women and Comedy, Eugesta, Encyclopedia of Ancient History and Oxford Readings in Propertius.

She is co-editor with John Donahue of Roman Dining (2006, Johns Hopkins University Press). Her other books include Vile Bodies: Roman Satire and Corporeal Discourse; Sex and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Texts: The Latin Tradition; Literary Patronage in Greece and Rome; and Literary and Artistic Patronage in Ancient Rome.

Gold is the humanities coordinator at Hamilton and runs the Humanities Forum Lecture series. She is also on the National Faculty Advisory Committee for a multi-year assessment grant funded by the Teagle Foundation focusing on the fields of classics and political science.

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John McEnroe, Ph.D., John and Anne Fischer Professor in Fine Arts

Areas of Expertise: ancient art and archaeology; ancient Greece and Rome; and modern Greece and Italian Renaissance art.
John McEnroe teaches courses in classical art, Renaissance art, medieval art and critical theory. More >>

His most recent book is  Architecture of Minoan Crete (University of Texas Press, 2010). McEnroe combines academic research in Athens with archaeological fieldwork in Crete. Before coming to Hamilton, McEnroe worked as a field archaeologist in Greece and taught art history at Indiana University and the University of Virginia.