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Paul B. Sturtevant, Ph.D.


Paul B. Sturtevant is a public historian and medievalist, and an expert in the way that  history is presented to the public. He is the author of two books: The Devil’s Historians: How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past (with Amy S. Kaufman) was released in 2020; The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination: Memory, Film, and Medievalism was published in 2018. Both are available in paperback and e-book. His Ph.D. was at the University of Leeds (2010).

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Kristina Hildebrand, Ph.D.

Senior Editor

Kristina Hildebrand has a PhD from Uppsala University; her dissertation focuses on gender and religion in modern novels about King Arthur. Currently, she is a Lecturer at Halmstad University and an Associate Member of the Centre for Arthurian Studies at Bangor University, Wales. She works primarily with late medieval texts, especially Le Morte D’arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, with a particular focus on gender and sexuality, but also on nationalism and national narratives in modern texts.

Kavita Mudan Finn, Ph.D.

Senior Editor

Kavita Mudan Finn is an interdisciplinary scholar working between history, literature, gender studies, and fan/reception studies. In addition to an academic monograph exploring the fraught representation of queens in historical and literary texts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, she has published extensively on medieval queenship, Shakespeare, transformative fanworks, and book history, but is perhaps best known outside academia for her work on HBO’s Gameof Thrones and NBC’s Hannibal.

Her current projects include a chapter in the Arden Research Handbook for Shakespeare and Adaptation and a new academic biography of Elizabeth Woodville (1437-1492) for the Routledge Queens of England Series. She is also developing several projects that delve into the parallels between communal ideas of authorship and readership in medieval and early modern Europe and in modern fan communities.

She has taught literature, history, and gender studies at Georgetown University, George Washington University, the University of Maryland College Park, Southern New Hampshire University, Simmons University, and most recently in the Literature Section at MIT during the 2019-2020 academic year. She was awarded her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Oxford in 2010.

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Robert Houghton, Ph.D.

Senior Games Editor, Columnist

Robert mainly works on urban and episcopal history in Italy in the tenth to twelfth centuries but also has a strong interest in the portrayal of the Middle Ages in modern media. He is currently researching the impact of computer games on learning and the influence of game objectives on players’ perceptions of the Middle Ages. He has published several articles on medieval Italian history and on history and modern media, and is currently editing a volume titled Historical Accuracy and Authenticity: Interacting with the Medieval in the Modern World. He is a lecturer in Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester, where his teaching includes the module The Middle Ages in Computer Games, and has worked as a research consultant for Paradox Interactive on Crusader Kings II. He tweets @RobEHoughton.

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Arielle Gingold

Editorial Consultant

Arielle works as a professional social justice lobbyist and policy wonk in Washington, D.C. Her work focuses on many of the present-day issues explored on The Public Medievalist, and as Editorial Consultant, Arielle provides fact-checking and editorial advice on issues related to her professional expertise.

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Adam Simmons
Adam Simmons is a PhD student at the University of Lancaster, UK, researching the impact and role of Africa in the Global Middle Ages. His thesis focuses on various aspects of transmission and interaction between Nubians, Ethiopians, and Europeans (via other languages and cultures of the Mediterranean) during the 4th-15th centuries. He is currently working on an ‘Occidental’ sourcebook to accompany Giovanni Vantini’s Oriental Sources Concerning Nubia (Heidelberg, 1975) for
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Alaric Hall
Alaric Hall teaches at the University of Leeds, where he works on language and culture in medieval North-West Europe, and on Icelandic literature. He blogs (occasionally) at, and his website is
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Andrew B. R. Elliott
Andrew B.R. Elliott is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Lincoln, where he works on the representation of history, especially the Middle Ages, in film, television and video games. He has published on a number of aspects relating to all three, with books on film and video games, and his forthcoming book, Medievalism, Politics and Mass Media: Appropriating the Middle Ages in the Twenty-First Century (2017) examines the use of medievalisms within social and mass media.
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Asa Mittman

Asa Simon Mittman (Professor and Chair of Art and Art History at California State University, Chico) is author of Maps and Monsters in Medieval England(2006), coauthor with Susan Kim of Inconceivable Beasts: The Wonders of the East in the Beowulf Manuscript (2013), and writes about monstrosity and marginality in the Middle Ages. He coedited the Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous (2012), and is the founding president of MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application). He is co-editing a monster studies reader and Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World.
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Bianca Lopez
Bianca Lopez is currently assistant professor of medieval and Renaissance history at Southern Methodist University. Her research specialties are in the cult of the Virgin Mary, exclusion and inclusion, and late medieval economic behaviors. She is working on a project that charts the exclusion and exile of Slavic and Albanian laborers from Italy after the Black Death, and the spread of nativism in Italian cities. You can follow her work at
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Brandon W. Hawk
Brandon W. Hawk is Assistant Professor of English at Rhode Island College. Most of his research and teaching interests encompass what might be called transmission studies: the afterlives of texts, including circulation, translations, adaptations, and re-presentations in various cultures and media. His monograph Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England (University of Toronto Press) and book-length translation of the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew (Polebridge Press) are forthcoming. He tweets @b_hawk and writes regularly on his own website.
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Clare Vernon
Clare Vernon is medieval art historian whose research focuses on the south of Italy during the Byzantine and Norman periods. She gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2015, with a thesis on the churches built in Puglia during the Norman Conquest. Since then she has worked at the Warburg Institute, the University of Southampton and Birkbeck, University of London. She is currently researching pseudo-Arabic ornament in medieval Italy.
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Eric Weiskott
Eric Weiskott teaches English at Boston College. His writing appears in the Atlantic, TLS, and many scholarly journals. His first book was English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He is at work on a second book, about English poetry and the division of history into medieval and modern periods. With Alastair Bennett and Katharine Breen, Eric edits the Yearbook of Langland Studies. He tweets @ericweiskott.
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Gabrielle Bychowski

Dr. Gabrielle M.W. Bychowski is a Anisfield-Wolf SAGES Fellow at Case Western Reserve University. She received her Ph.D from the George Washington University, in Washington DC. Her various published works concern critical theory, literature, and medieval religion, spanning Transgender Studies Quarterly to postmedieval. A few of her recent articles include, "the Necropolitics of Narcissus: Transgender Suicide in the Middle Ages," "Mad for Margery: Disability and the Imago Dei," and "The Isle of Hermaphrodites: Disorienting the Place of Intersex in the Middle Ages." She maintains Transliterature Online: A Center for the Study of Transgender and Disability, at Additionally, she currently acts as a consultant for programs through the Cleveland Foundation, Inter | Urban, as well as serves on the executive board of the UCC Mental Health Network. This work brought her to the White House in 2015 and 2016 to participate in forums advising the Obama Administration on how the Arts, media, and communication can be leveraged to provide social justice and equity for people in the LGBTQI and disability communities.
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Helen Young
Helen Young received her PhD in medieval literature from The University of Sydney in 2007. She is an Honorary Associate of the Department of English at that institution. Her recent publications include Race and Popular Fantasy Literature: Habits of Whiteness (Routledge, 2015), and two edited collections: Fantasy and Science Fiction Medievalisms (Cambria, 2015) and The Middle Ages in Popular Culture (Cambria, 2015).
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Ian D. Morris
I’m a historian of early Islamic society. In 2013–16 I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), working as part of an international collaborative project called Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom (PIMIC). Over the course of this project I spent time as a visiting researcher at Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris; the School of Oriental and African Studies, London; Tel Aviv University; and the Netherlands Institute in Turkey, Istanbul. I’m currently finishing my PhD in Medieval History at the University of Amsterdam. Previously I studied French and Arabic at UCL and SOAS, University of London. I started my graduate career at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, in Islamic Studies and History, before PIMIC stole me away.
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James M. Harland
James Harland is in the final year of his doctoral research in the Department of History at the University of York, his PhD critically assesses approaches to ethnic identity in research on the late Roman and early Anglo-Saxon periods. You can read his published research at He tweets at @djmharland.
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James Hill
James completed his PhD in History at the University of Leeds in Autumn 2017, focussing on papal relations with individuals and institutions in the East in the late Middle Ages. He is a keen consumer of computer games and films, and an enthusiastic world traveller. In his remaining spare time he enjoys writing things, despairing about the state of the world, teaching taekwondo, staving off existential dread, writing about himself in the third person, and eating good food. And drinking cocktails on beaches. Best not forget that. He can be found on Twitter by following @mobilehistorian!
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Jennifer Speed

Jennifer Speed is Research Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton, where she also teaches graduate courses on medieval history and theology. Geographically, she focuses on the Crown of Aragon, and her research focuses on medieval historical writing, the intersection of religious culture and law, troublesome women, and the ways in which elements of medieval culture are reused and recycled over time. She is co-editor of a forthcoming volume on “Revolutionary Women” and is extending her research on Garsenda.
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Jeremy DeAngelo
Jeremy DeAngelo is a visiting assistant professor of medieval literature at Carleton College. Before that, he received his PhD in medieval studies at the University of Connecticut and has held fellowships at the Folger Institute and Rutgers University’s Center for Cultural Analysis. His usual research focuses on interactions between the cultures of Britain, Ireland, and Iceland, and he is currently working on a book, Outlawry, Liminality, and Sanctity in the Literature of the Early Medieval North Atlantic, being published by Amsterdam University Press.
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Jessica Legacy
Jessica Legacy is a PhD researcher at the University of Edinburgh. Her work focuses on medieval medicine and the ontology of the soul. Jessica is also the creator and managing editor of Pilgrim’s Prize, a modern Canterbury Tales retold through online media.
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Kathleen Crowther
Kathleen Crowther is an associate professor in the Department of the History of Science at the University of Oklahoma. Her research and teaching interests include science, medicine, gender and religion in the early modern period, and book history. Her first book was Adam and Eve in the Protestant Reformation (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her current project is a cultural and intellectual history of one of the most popular scientific books ever written, Johannes de Sacrobosco’s Sphere, which was the most widely read astronomy text in Europe from the the 13th to the 18th century.
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Kathleen E. Kennedy
Kathleen E. Kennedy teaches History and English at Penn State-Brandywine. She writes about medieval history and pop culture for Vice, The Mary Sue, and other media outlets, and about medieval material culture for the academic press. She may be the world's leading expert on the history of coconuts.
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Ken Mondschein
Ken Mondschein is a college professor, fencing master, Fulbright scholar, and jouster. He earned his PhD from Fordham University in 2010 and is currently affiliated with the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Renaissance Studies. Ken's extensive publications on the history of fencing, medievalism, and timekeeping can be viewed on his website; his latest book, Game of Thrones and the Medieval Art of War, seeks to explore all of medieval history, including that of women and people of color, through the lens of the popular book series and TV show.
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Kisha Tracy
Kisha G. Tracy is an Associate Professor of English Studies, specializing in premodern British and world literatures, particularly that of late medieval England, and the Co-Coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Fitchburg State University. She received her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2010. In addition to several articles on both medieval memory and disability studies, her first book is available from Palgrave, entitled Memory and Confession in Middle English Literature. She is also the co-founder of The Lone Medievalist. Kisha's Public Medievalist Articles
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Laurent J. Cases
Laurent Cases is a graduate student at the Pennsylvania State University. He studies the the transition period between what is traditionally referred to as “ancient” and “medieval.” He is currently finishing his dissertation on the vicarii in the fourth century. His other research interests include the city of Palmyra and its role in the defense of the Roman Empire in the Third Century, and the development of chanceries and legal culture in early-Capetian France.
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Linnea Hartsuyker
Linnea is the author of The Half-Drowned King, The Sea Queen, and The Golden Wolf from HarperCollins, a trilogy of historical novels about Viking Age Norway. She also wrote “We Shouldn’t Let Racists Own the Vikings” for History News Network, and “To Live Like the Women of Viking Literature” for LitHub. Links to her other writing can be found at her website.
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Lisa Fagin Davis
Lisa Fagin Davis received her PhD in Medieval Studies from Yale University in 1993. She has catalogued hundreds of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at collections across North America and has authored several monographs and numerous articles on the subject. Dr. Davis is an adjunct instructor at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and, in 2016, co-curated the major exhibition Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. She is currently serving as Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America. Follow her @LisaFDavis and at her blog, The Manuscript Road Trip.
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Luca Asmonti
Luca Asmonti is an ancient historian based in Brisbane, Australia. He has lectured Ancient History and Classics at universities in the UK, Ireland and Australia, and published on the history of the ancient Mediterranean and European identity.
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Lucia Akard

Lucia Akard is a Dphil student in medieval history at the University of Oxford. She works on victim responses to rape and discussions of consent to sex in later medieval France. You can find her on twitter at @offic_annboleyn.
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Mariah Luther Cooper

Mariah Cooper is a PhD candidate of medieval history at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research focuses on the literary representations of sexual violence in Middle English romance compared to the lived experiences of contemporaneous women in fourteenth-century legal documents. Mariah received her MA from Memorial University, which examined the gendered epitaphic legacy of the Empress Matilda. Her thesis won the University Medal of Academic Excellence. Prior to that, she obtained her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University and a Specialized Diploma in History at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Her research interests include medieval heteronormative gender constructions, medieval literature and legal practices.
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Marianne O'Doherty
I studied English and Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds before joining the English Department at the University of Southampton in 2007. I now teach across a range of undergraduate courses from Old English to Medieval and Renaissance travel writing and on Southampton’s MA in Medieval and Renaissance Culture. I research and publish on topics related to medieval Europeans visions of their world. In 2014, my first book, The Indies and the Medieval West won the biennial European Society for the Study of English prize for best first book in cultural studies.
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Matthew Chalmers
Matt Chalmers is a PhD candidate in Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the manufacture of identities through control of the past, and his dissertation explores often overlooked representations of Samaritans in late antique Christian and Jewish sources. He serves at present as Week in Review editor at, is a fan of wild interdisciplinary scope, and tweets with only occasionally alarming regularity from @Matt_J_Chalmers.
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Matthew Vernon

Matthew Vernon is an assistant professor of English literature at the University of California, Davis. He has just published The Black Middle Ages with Palgrave MacMillan. The book examines the influence of medieval studies on African American perspectives on race. The book’s historical sweep, from Frederick Douglass to Quentin Tarantino, inverts the expected relationship between whiteness and the Middle Ages, and instead shows a history of imaginative appropriations of medieval tropes on the part of African Americans to answer racist claims about national belonging. In addition to working in medieval and African American studies, Professor Vernon also publishes in comic book studies.
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Megan Arnott
Megan Arnott is a PhD student at the University of Western Michigan. She has an MA in Norse and Viking Studies from the University of Nottingham, and an MA in Public History from Western Ontario University.
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Michael Barbezat
Michael D. Barbezat is an historian of medieval intellectual, religious, and cultural history. He received his Ph.D. from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto in 2013. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Western Australia. His current work explores the influences of religious models of community upon responses to deviance and difference in the Middle Ages. His book, Burning Bodies: Community, Eschatology, and Identity in the Middle Ages, is under contract with Cornell University Press.
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Phoebe C. Linton
Phoebe C. Linton is currently in the third year of a PhD looking at female marginality and voice in Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur at the University of Edinburgh. She is also interested in medieval romance as a genre more widely, as well as neomedieval literature by authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson. Find more of her work at:
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Richard Cole
Richard Cole is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. He defended his PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University in 2015. He has published on medieval Scandinavian topics in journals including Exemplaria, Saga-Book, Scandinavian Studies and Viking and Medieval Scandinavia. He has taught Old Norse at University College London, Harvard University, and Aarhus Universitet. His book on the Visby burnings in 1350 is entitled The Death of Tidericus the Organist: Plague, Tension, and Anti-Semitism without Jews in Medieval Visby, and is forthcoming from the Viking Society for Northern Research.
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Richard Utz
Richard Utz is Professor and Chair in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech and Johann von Spix Visiting Professor at the University of Bamberg, Germany. He succeeded Leslie J. Workman and Tom Shippey as the third President of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism, and currently serves as editor of Medievally Speaking and The Year's Work in Medievalism. In 2017, he published Medievalism: A Manifesto (ARC Humanities Press), in which he challenges his colleagues to reconnect with the general public that has allowed medievalists to become, since the late nineteenth century, a rather exclusive clan of specialists who communicate mostly with each other.
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Robert Chazan
Robert Chazan completed his doctorate at Columbia University in 1967; he now serves as Scheuer Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. Professor Chazan has written numerous books and articles in medieval Jewish history. His most recent books include: The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Reassessing Jewish Life in Medieval Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and From Anti-Judaism to Anti-Semitism (Cambridge University, 2016). Robert's Public Medievalist Articles
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Sarah Randles
Sarah Randles is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, and an Adjunct Researcher in the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania. Her current project on objects and emotions in medieval Chartres has been funded by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions Through History, co-edited with Stephanie Downes and Sally Holloway is currently in press with OUP.
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Sihong Lin
Sihong Lin is a PhD student at the University of Manchester. His thesis focuses on cross-cultural interactions between the Roman Empire and the ‘post-Roman’ West, around 500-700. His research interests extend to the wider world of late antiquity, particularly the church and its role in facilitating the exchange of ideas, and the study of mobility in the Middle Ages. His has a rarely updated blog, Byzantine Perspectives, and can also be found on Twitter as @shlin28.
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Vanessa Corcoran

Vanessa Corcoran is an Academic Counselor in the Office of the College Dean at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Her research interests include the medieval cult of the Virgin Mary, the intersection of gender and popular religious practices, and the textual representations of medieval women’s voices. With her dissertation, “The Voice of Mary: Later Medieval Representations of Marian Communication,” Vanessa earned her Ph.D. in medieval history in 2017 at The Catholic University of America. She is currently working on a memoir of her doctoral program entitled It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint: My Road to the Marathon and Ph.D. 
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Yvonne Seale

Yvonne Seale is a historian of medieval women and the social history of religion, with a particular focus on the history of the Premonstratensian Order in France. Her writing has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Medieval Monastic History, History Today, and The Public Domain Review. She is an assistant professor of History at SUNY Geneseo in western New York, where she teaches courses on the Middle Ages and digital humanities. Find her on Twitter at @yvonneseale.

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