Medieval and Renaissance Studies

John Eldevik, Associate Professor of History

B.A., Pomona College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
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Areas of expertise: social and economic history of the early Middle Ages, history of law and mechanisms of conflict resolution and the perceptions of non-Christian peoples and lands in medieval manuscript culture

John Eldevik received his doctorate from UCLA. Eldevik holds the Licence in Mediaeval Studies (2004) from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. His primary research and teaching interests are in medieval social and religious history, particularly the role of the bishop in the early Middle Ages, the Crusades, and the history of political and religious dissent. His first book, Episcopal Lordship and Ecclesiastical Reform in the German Empire, 950-1150, examines how medieval bishops used the collection of tithes to foster social and political relationships. Eldevik is working on a study of the manuscript transmission of texts on the Crusades and Islam in medieval Bavaria.

Barbara Gold, the Edward North Professor and Chair of Classics and Greek Literature

B.A., University of Michigan; M.A. and Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Areas of expertise: classical literature and social history, feminist theory and late antiquity and medieval literature

Barbara Gold earned a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests are Greek and Roman literature, comparative literature, women in antiquity, feminist theory and classics and late antique and early Christian literature. Gold was the first woman editor of The American Journal of Philology. Her work includes editing The Blackwell Companion to Roman Elegy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), to which she contributed a chapter, and Perpetua: a Martyr’s Tale (Oxford University Press, 2012). Gold is on the national advisory committee for a Teagle Foundation grant focusing on the fields of classics and political science.

Lydia Hamessley, Professor of Music

B.Mus.Ed., Texas Lutheran College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Minnesota
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Areas of expertise: American folk and traditional musics, banjo, music and film, Medieval and Renaissance music, music and gender

Hamessley received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota and has won several teaching awards and fellowships. She was coordinator for the conference “Feminist Theory and Music: Toward a Common Language,” in Minneapolis, in 1991. Hamessley has published numerous articles and is the coeditor of Audible Traces: Gender, Identity, and Music. She is working on a project about Dolly Parton and preparing an article on the music for Paul Green's symphonic drama The Lost Colony (1937). She plays the clawhammer banjo.

Roberta Krueger, the Burgess Professor of French

B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., University of California at Santa Cruz; Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz
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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

Krueger has edited and contributed to the Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance (2000) and is the author of Women Readers and the Ideology of Gender in Old French Verse Romance (Cambridge, 1993). She recently translated, with Jane H. M. Taylor, a late medieval French romance by Antoine de la Sale, published as Jean de Saintré: A Late Medieval Education in Love and Chivalry (University of Pennsylvania, 2014). She has published numerous articles on medieval French romance and conduct literature and on medieval and Renaissance women writers. Her latest project examines the interplay of didactic discourse and courtly and “uncourtly” fictions in French vernacular manuscript compilations, circa 1160-1450. She is a founding co-editor of the Medieval Feminist Newsletter and co-founder of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.

John McEnroe, the John and Anne Fischer Professor of Fine Arts

B.A., Michigan State University; M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of Toronto
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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.  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.

Katherine Terrell, Associate Professor of Literature and Creative Writing

B.A., Kenyon College; M.Phil., Oxford University, St. Hilda's College; M.A., University of Toronto; M.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., Cornell University
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Areas of expertise: Old English, Middle English and Middle Scots language and literature

Katherine H. Terrell received her doctorate from Cornell University. 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 Cultural Diversity in Medieval Britain. Terrell is the co-editor of Scotland and the Shaping of Identity in Medieval Britain. Her 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.

Xavier Tubau, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A. and Ph.D., Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
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Areas of expertise: early modern Hispanic literature and culture

Xavier Tubau received his Ph.D. in Spanish literature from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2008, and was a “Ramón y Cajal” Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona before coming to Hamilton in 2013. Tubau’s current research explores different types of political propaganda during the empire of Charles V. At Hamilton, he teaches courses on contemporary and early modern Spanish literature and culture.

Maria Willstedt, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A. and M.A., Abo Akademi University; M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D., Yale University
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Areas of expertise: Medieval Spanish literature and culture

Maria Willstedt earned her doctorate in Spanish literature from Yale University and her bachelor's and master's degrees in in Latin and romance languages from Abo Akademi, Finland. 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 18th-century Spanish medievalism (first editions). Before coming to Hamilton Willstedt taught at Florida State University and the University of Pennsylvania.