Faculty & Staff
Institute Director: Rosemarie McGerr
Professor McGerr's research and teaching focus on medieval European literature in its cultural context, including social history, religious studies, the visual arts, and music. She is particularly interested in applying current narrative and gender theory to medieval texts and studying the ways that the physical forms in which medieval texts circulated may have shaped readings of these works.
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Latin literature and poetics in the High Middle Ages (1000-1300), the classical tradition, the intersection of literature and philosophy, manuscript studies.
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Professor of Germanic Studies
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Interests: Mysticism and monastic culture; manuscripts; medical texts in vernacular (German, French, Spanish); theatre and performance history; performative approaches to medieval literature, audiovisual media, not only but also in teaching. German and Spanish literature. Modern literature on radio and television.
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Interests: Romanesque illuminated manuscript, especially Giant Bibles and early Cistercian Office manuscripts; the process and functions of text illustration in monastic culture and the image of the medieval king and queen.
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Interests: Islamic philosophy; Islamic intellectual history; the cultural role of philosophy and science; Baha'i studies; Islamic Studies; Islamic history.
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Interests: almost anything Mongolian, but currently I am focused on the intersection of lineage-building, state-building, and history-writing in the Mongol empire.
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Interests: late antique, early medieval and Byzantine aesthetics; late antique portraiture, early Christian icons; the reception of the classical past in late antiquity and the Byzantine middle ages; late antique and early medieval urbanism.
Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
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Ancient and medieval Central Eurasia; Early Old Tibetan language and epigraphy; early medieval Chinese phonology and historical texts; Old Koguryo; the recursive argument method (scholastic method), the college, and medieval science, in Central Asia and Western Europe; Peter of Poitiers.
Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Professor, Ancient Studies
Professor, India Studies
Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies
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Professor Choksy's interests include Medieval Iranian society, Zoroastrianism, Islam, and the Middle Persian and Classical Persian languages. He teaches several courses for medievalists, including U311/U511 "Prophets, Poets, and Kings: Iranian Civilization" and several language courses.
Associate Professor, Department of History
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Chancellor's Professor of English
Adjunct Professor of Germanic Studies
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Professor Fulk specializes in Medieval Germanic (especially Old English and Old Icelandic) and Celtic languages and literatures, the history of the English language, and comparative Indo-European linguistics. Some of his particular areas of research are Old and Middle English dialectology, textual criticism, phonological and morphological change, and early Germanic metrics. His personal webpage can be found here.
Professor of Germanic Studies and Director of Graduate Studies
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Fields of interest: Old Norse-Icelandic language, literature, culture and history, together with Germanic philology, metrics, and linguistics. Professor Gade teaches courses on Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature (sagas), eddic, and skaldic Poetry, Old Norse poetic language, history of the Scandinavian languages, Old High German, Old Saxon, Gothic, runes and runic inscriptions, alliterative Meters, vikings and sagas.
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Medieval/Renaissance Literatures, Parody and Satire, Sanctity and Popular Devotion. Myth and Ritual, Material Culture, Art in Literature, Theology and Literature
Interests: Middle English language and literature; medieval religious writing; medieval art and iconography; Middle English paleography and codicology.
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A performer of medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music, Wendy Gillespie teaches early bowed strings, early music performance, and notation. She has performed with ensembles worldwide ranging from the English Concert to Ensemble Sequentia. Ms. Gillespie has participated in more than 80 recordings for Harmonia Mundi, EMI, Virgin Classics, BIS, Channel Classics, and other recording companies.
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My research and teaching focus on both on Chaucer and on texts of Medieval Romance from the high to the late Middle Ages, particularly in light of psychoanalytic, postcolonial, gender, and cultural theory.
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Interests: Gender and Queer Theory; Cultural Studies; medieval studies; Chaucer; female mysticism; bluegrass fiddling; kayaking.
Professor of Music
Simon Music Center M145K- 200 South Jordan Avenue
Michael Long is professor of musicology at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He received a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. In his research and teaching, he engages a range of subjects, periods, and approaches. Much of his writing has been devoted to European musical repertories of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Long received the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society for his article "Symbol and Ritual in Josquin's Missa Di Dadi." Recent essays have investigated the artifacts of fourteenth-century music pedagogy and music as a metaphor within medieval discourses of financial ethics. In his book, Beautiful Monsters: Imagining the Classic in Musical Media, Long brought his medievalist's perspective to another area of interest: twentieth-century musical vernaculars, including Hollywood film music and classic rock.Beautiful Monsters received the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society (AMS) in 2009. Among his current projects are essays on hearing and listening in the fifteenth century, the modern and postmodern reception of Guillaume de Machaut, and a book exploring film scoring and the visionary experience. A recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for excellence in teaching, Long previously held the Ziegele Chair in Music Scholarship at the University at Buffalo, where he directed the musicology program. He has also been a member of the faculties of the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University, and a visiting professor at Harvard University, Cornell University, and the Eastman School of Music. Long is an active member of the AMS, having served on its council, Einstein and Kinkeldey prize committees, and as program chair for the 2010 national meeting in Indianapolis..
Associate Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
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Persian literature and literary history, in particular the literature of the 16th and 17th centuries in Iran, India, and Central Asia; literature, architecture, and topography; Sufism and literature; comparative studies in the Baroque; translation and translation studies.
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Interests: Pre-modern Chinese narratives; Chinese literati culture; Traditional Chinese literature; Gender and Cultural studies
Professor of French
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French medieval studies, French folklore and mythology.
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Interests: Old French chanson de geste and romance, Medieval Romance, The Rose; allegory and persona in European literature; 19th-century literature, classic tradition, ekphrastic writings and painting.
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Interests: Medieval intellectual and cultural history, historiography.
Curator of Books
Joel Silver is the Associate Director and Curator of Books at the Lilly Library and Adjunct Associate Professor and Director of Special Collections Specialization at the IU School of Library and Information Science. His main interest related to medieval studies is the production, use, and dispersal of medieval books and manuscripts.
Classical Arabic Poetry, Ritual, performance, and Historicist approaches to the qasidah, Praise Poetry to the Prophet
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Interests: Early Italian and Latin, Occitan, manuscript studies, textual criticism.
Curator of Manuscripts
Cherry Williams is the Curator of Manuscripts at the Lilly Library.
Professor of Philosophy
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Fields of interest: NEH Principal Investigator, Medieval Critical Editions (Richard Rufus, John Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, Adam Wodeham): Paleography, Manuscript studies. Medieval History and Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Metaphysics, Psychology.
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Pre-modern and modern Islamic religious and political thought; QurĠanic hermeneutics; Hadith criticism; Exegetical, legal, and ethical perspectives on jihad and martyrdom; Gender roles.
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Professor Anderson’s interests revolve around the creation, understanding, and value of imaginative thinking and writing. Her writing has explored these themes in Langland’s Piers Plowman, Spenser’s Faerie Queene, Shakespeare, Bede, Chaucer, and Milton, as well as in biographies and historical writing.
Director, Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature
Simon Music Center - 200 South Jordan Avenue
Professor DiBacco's research interests include 14th-century polyphony and music theory, archival studies, history of the book, and digital humanities. He is also director of the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature.
Professor of Music (Early Music; Voice)
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Paul Elliott has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, and London Mozart Players. He has appeared in more than 100 recordings as a featured artist with the Early Music Consort of London, Consort of Music, Academy of Ancient Music, Pro Cantione Antiqua, Deller Consort, and the Theatre of Voices.
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Research Interests: Christianity in Early Modern Europe, Friendship and community formation, Devotional poetry, Gender and Religious Subjectivity. I study how religious ideas and practices influence how people live in the world and understand themselves in relation to others.
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
Director, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program
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I am interested in medieval Muslim biography, especially Tabaqat literature, and the rhetorical methods used by authors to shape their histories of the development of religious-intellectual disciplines, especially Islamic law and theology.
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Interests: epistomology, beliefs, decision theory, and the limits of knowledge.
Ruth N. Halls Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
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Interests: Roman Literature, Literary/Cultural Theory, Roman Art, Roman Letters.
Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities
Professor of The College of Arts & Sciences
Adjunct Professor of Law
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Interests: Legal issues related to gender.
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Interests focus on early modern “chymistry” and late medieval “alchemy,” especially as exemplified by Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Daniel Sennert, and the first famous American scientist, George Starkey. Much of his research has focused on the relationship of science, art, and nature in the premodern world. A major part of his research has also centered on the history of matter-theory, especially corpuscularism and atomism, and on the history of early chemical technology.
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I am a philosopher whose chief interests lie in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion.
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Interests: Renaissance and early modern literature and culture (lyric poetry, heroic and mock-heroic poetry, macaronic literature, comic literature, the pastoral tradition, humanism).
Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Chair Professor, Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies
Director, Turkish Studies Program
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Throughout his academic career, he has been teaching a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, from “Islamic Civilization” to “Islamist Jihad”; from “Medieval Ottoman Manuscripts” to “Contemporary Turkish Media.”
Associate Professor Tibetan Studies
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Professor of Germanic Studies and Second Language Studies; Adjunct Professor of Linguistics
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Fields of interest: Fields of interest: structure and history of the languages of Western Europe (Germanic, Romance, Celtic); second-language acquisition; syntactic theory.
Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies
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Early Christianity, Late Antiquity
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I am interested in the relationships between social perceptions of health and illness, and the biomedical, physical realities that infectious diseases present. To explore such interests when I turned to historical records, I turned to the centuries of punishing recurrent plagues and pestilences in Europe.
Medieval literature, culture, and intellectual history. Middle English and early modern drama. Franciscans, Lollards, Langland and the Gawain-Poet.
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Specialties/Research Interests: South Slavic languages and literatures, especially Slovene and Croatian, Old Russian literature, Slavic Bible translations, Esperanto.
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Native American literature. History of linguistics, especially lexicography and translation theory. Languages and literature of medieval Britain (Irish, Welsh, English). General linguistics. Computer applications, especially in the humanities.
Spanish Medieval Literature, Renaissance Literature.
Early Christian, Byzantine and Carolingian art and architecture
Drama to the 1590's. Shakespeare. Teaching of drama. Medieval and Renaissance paleography.
Hispano-Arabic language and literature, Aljamiado language and literature, History of the Spanish language, Peninsular dialectology, Romance linguistics
Until retirement in 1999, I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in French grammar, composition, translation; history of the French language; Old French lyric poetry; French Arthurian prose; occasionally, history of the Italian language as well. My research activity has centered – and continues to center – on textual edition and translation of trouvère poetry, and on translation and adaptation of Arthurian narrative.
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A historian of philosophy whose main research has been concentrated in medieval philosophy, particularly late medieval logic and semantic theory.