Graduate Students

Our graduate students bring to the Medieval Studies Program a wide range of interests from departments across the College of Letters and Sciences. For some of their accomplishments please visit graduate fellowships, prizes, awards, and publications.

Jasmin Borja
Department of English


I work on religious prose (Middle English and Latin) in late medieval England, especially the English mystics, and its lay reception. I also have interests in late medieval English religious vocation and devotional practices, particularly contemplation and reading and their intersection with medieval literary theory.

Email: jasminmiller [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Molly Bronstein
Department of Comparative Literature

I focus on vernacular reinterpretations of the Classics in the late Middle Ages, namely in: French, English, and Italian.  In particular I am interested Ovid's reception, and the transmission of Trojan War narratives.

molly [dot] bronstein [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Corinna Burrell
Department of English

My research centers on Old and Middle English poetry and manuscripts.

ctburrell [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Jon Cho-Polizzi
Department of German
Program in Folklore

My research investigates the symbolic function of early vernacular literature and its role in larger community forming rituals in Late Medieval and Early Modern urban spaces.

jcpolizzi [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Amy Clark
Department of English

My current research includes projects on Old English poetic syntax, Anglo-Saxon and Latinate riddle traditions, and reiteration or itineraria as a literary device.

amy [dot] w [dot] clark [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Pamela Diaz
Department of French

Medieval French Literature and Latin Literature (Le Roman de Renart, Ysengrimus), Manuscript Studies, Animal Studies, Oral Traditions, Twelfth Century Reform and Social Change, Foreign Language Pedagogy (integrating Medieval Studies)

pamela_diaz [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Fred Dulson
Department of French

I work primarily on French literature of the High Middle Ages, with special focus on the formal dynamics of romance and the development of vernacular historiography. My work also concerns the place of the medieval within modern intellectual history and critical theory. 

fdulson [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Bianca Facchini
Department of Italian Studies

I am interested in medieval and humanistic Latin literature, fourteenth century Italian literature, and the reception of classical texts in the late Middle Ages.

bianca [dot] facchini [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Kenneth Fockele
Department of German

My primary interests are Middle High German lyric and narrative poetry and the material cultures of both the medieval manuscript and early film.

kfockele [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Marcos Garcia
Department of English

I work primarily in Anglo-Saxon Studies (Old English and Anglo-Latin), with special interests in historiography, temporality, hagiography, monasticism, and medievalism(s).

marcosgarcia [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Andrew Griebeler
History of Art Department

Dissertation research focuses on the production and use of illustrated Greek herbals in late antiquity and the Middle Ages. Research interests include material and visual culture of the medieval Mediterranean, manuscript studies, medieval science and image theory.

agriebeler [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Mahel Hamroun
Department of History

I am interested in the intersection of magic and folk tradition with medieval perceptions of identity, particularly around the time of Christianization in Northern Europe. 

mhamroun [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Christopher Hench
Department of German

Christopher’s research interests are primarily in medieval epics and Minnesang, as well as the intersection of economic thinking and literature. He is also interested in applications of Digital Humanities methods.

chench [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Bernardo Hinojosa
Department of English

I study the literature and religious thought of Late Medieval and Reformation England, with particular interests in codicology, the history of information, and Piers Plowman.

b [dot] hinojosa [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Jacob Hobson
Department of English

A PhD candidate in the English Department, I work on both Anglo-Saxon England and medieval Scandinavia, with a particular interest in medieval literary theory."

jehobson42 [at] gmail [dot] com
Marian Homans-Turnbull
Department of English

I study Middle English and related literatures, including French, Latin, and Old Norse. I'm also interested in medieval constructions of natural forces, geographies, territory, and property, and in the operations of literary setting.

marianhomansturnbull [at] gmail [dot] com
Brock Imel
Program in Romance Languages and Literatures
Department of French

My main interests center around historical (socio)linguistics, the tense-aspect-mood system, and the diachronic relationship between the oral and written codes. I am presently investigating historical sociolinguistic methodology and its application to a variety of genres in medieval early Romance vernaculars, with a focus on French, Occitan, and Northern Italian. 

baimel [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Sara Ann Knutson
Department of Scandinavian

Sara Ann is interested in the movement and cross-cultural encounters of the Scandinavian diaspora based on its literature, material culture, and traces in landscapes. Her academic interests include mobility and the movement of people over time and space, the influence of cross-cultural encounters on religious mentalities, cultural identity, and memory, materiality, and digital methods in history.

sara_knutson [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Jennifer Lorden
Department of English

I study the literature of Anglo-Saxon England, both Old English and Anglo-Latin. My recent work focuses on poetry and aesthetics, early medieval devotion, and understandings of affect in the Anglo-Saxon period.

jlorden [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Matthew Mason
Department of Italian Studies

My principle fields of research comprise Trecento Italian vernacular poetry and prose; medieval and (proto)humanistic Latin literature; relations between literary form, narratology, and history; reception of classical authors; Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio.

mlmason [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Peter Michelli
Department of History

I am interested the political and social history of the Italian peninsula during the central Middle Ages, especially relating to the Church in the Kingdom of Sicily under Emperor Frederick II. I also enjoy studying Medieval Latin and Italian literature. 

pm15 [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Joel Pattison
Department of History

I'm interested in Latin and Arabic legal and notarial evidence for the presence of Italian merchant colonies in the Islamic world during the later middle ages, and particularly in questions of trade and legal disputes between Muslims and Christians.  My dissertation will examine Genoese merchant communities in North Africa between the 12th and 14th centuries. 

R. D. Perry
Department of English
Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory

I work primarily on Chaucer and his English and French reception.  I also have interests both in Reform movements in England and on the Continent after the Fourth Lateran Council and in the influence of Medieval Philosophy and Theology on Modern Continental Philosophy and Critical Theory.

Chaucer’s French Tradition

rdperry [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Marco Prina
Department of Italian Studies

Dante and the Florentine Chronicles

prina [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh
Department of English

Middle English

srajabzadeh [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Landon Reitz
Department of German

My primary research interest is late medieval German theological literature especially mystical thought, writings, and practice.

reitzls [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Michelle Ripplinger
Department of English

I study Middle English poetry and devotional literature from fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England, with particular interest in the history of reading, medieval literary thought, and the places of women as readers and subjects of writing. 

ripplinger [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Andrew Sears
History of Art Department

Gothic art and architecture; cults of saints, hagiography, relics and reliquaries; late medieval urbanism; collecting culture.

asears [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Max Stevenson
Department of English

I study Old English and Anglo-Latin literatures, with a special interest in manuscript studies and liturgical texts.

Spencer Strub
Department of English

My interests include Middle English poetry and prose, devotional writing, the history of the affects, and book history. My research traces how the English poets of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries drew on and represented the so-called “sins of the tongue,” a religious discourse on the regulation of speech.

Dissertation title:  Publishing before Print: The Sins of the Tongue and the Public of Middle English Literature
spencer [dot] strub [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Jenny Tan
Department of Comparative Literature

I study French Arthurian romance with a particular interest in narrative theory and genre studies. My current work focuses on the interface between French and Welsh Arthurian literature.

jenny_tan [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Norman Underwood
Department of History

I research late Roman and early Byzantine culture, focusing primarily on the economics undergirding Christian institutions. I also have done research and published on material culture, namely coins, manuscripts, and papyri. 

The Bishop's Jobs: Economy, Metaphor, and Clerical Professionalism in Late Antiquity.

nru [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Tiffany White
Department of Scandinavian

My main focus is on the early Church in Iceland. I am particularly interested in Old Icelandic adaptations of continental saints' lives. Additional interests include Middle High German and Middle Dutch literary influence in Iceland, ecocriticism, vernacular theology, the indigenous Icelandic romances, and nationalism in Iceland.

Evan Wilson
Department of English

I study primarily Old English and Anglo-Latin literature. I’m especially interested in vernacular traditions of poetic form and historical interpretation.

e [dot] r [dot] wilson [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Michael Zellmann-Rohrer
Department of Classics

I am primarily interested in Byzantine literature, particularly secular poetry and folk literature, including hagiography, and intersections between Byzantine and medieval Hebrew and Syriac literature. Other interests, on both the Latin and the Greek sides, are palaeography and codicology, epigraphy, papyrology, and the medieval reception of classical authors.

michael [dot] zellmann-rohrer [at] berkeley [dot] edu