Visiting Scholars

Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Robin Norris

W. John Bennett Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies and the Centre for Medieval Studies

Robin Norris is Associate Professor at Carleton University. She is currently the Executive Director of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists.

Her current research interests revolve around masculinity and emotion in early medieval literature and culture, gender and genre in Old English hagiography, early medieval litanies of the saints, and Saint Guthlac.


Mellon Fellows

Clelia V. Crialesi

Clelia V. Crialesi received her PhD in 2019 from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” –“Roma Tre” and the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) Paris with a dissertation entitled “L’aritmetismo teologico dei secoli X e XI: Abbone di Fleury e l’Explanatio in Calculo Victorii.” Her most recent publication is “Le opera dei sei giorni: aritmetica ed esegesi secundum physicam in Teodorico di Chartres,” Medioevo. Rivista di storia della filosofia medievale XLI (2017): 67-102. As a Mellon Fellow, Dr. Crialesi will research the development of arthimetical teaching and learning stimulated by the transmission and reception of Boethius’ de arithemetica in the high Middle Ages. A second aspect of the project foresees the preparation of a critical edition of a lemmatic commentary found in an eleventh century codex, Firenze, Biblioteca Mediecea Laurenziana, Plut. 51, 14 that will assist in establishing a chronology for the reception of the De arithmetica from the time of John Scotus Eriugena and the commentary by Thierry of Chartres.


Kenneth F. Duggan

Kenneth F. Duggan received his PhD in 2017 from King’s College London with a dissertation entitled “Communal Justice in Thirteenth-Century England.” He was awarded the 2018 Leonard Boyle Prize for his dissertation. His most recent publication is “The Ritualistic Importance of Gallows in Thirteenth-Century England,” in Crossing Borders: Boundaries and Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Britain, eds. Sara M. Butler and K.J. Kesselring (Leiden: Brill, 2018): 153-172. He was awarded the 2017 David Yale Prize and the 2017 Pollard Prize. Dr. Duggan’s research project while a Mellon Fellow is “Church, Crime and the Medieval State: Perceptions, Problems and Usages of Religious Spaces for the Protection of Criminals in Thirteenth-Century England,” which grows out of his dissertation research.


Lydia M. Walker

Lydia M. Walker earned her PhD in History at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) in 2018 for her dissertation “Lay Spirituality, Crusading, and Reform in the Sermons of Jacques de Vitry.” She contributed an article co-authored with Thomas E. Burman, “Spain, Islam, and Thirteenth-Century Dominican Memory,” for Convivencia and Medieval Spain: Essays in Honor of Thomas F. Glick, ed. Mark T. Abate (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018): 311-339. As a Mellon Fellow Dr. Walker will examine the affiliation of clerics and holy women, and “the collective construction of sanctity and the role of holy women in embodying and transmitting the messages of Holy War” in Liège, Flanders and the Levant in the 13th and 14th centuries.


Shannon L. Wearing

Dr. Shannon L. Wearing earned her PhD in 2015 at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, with a dissertation entitled “Power and Style: The Liber Feudorum Maior and the Court of Alfonso II, King of Aragon and Count of Barcelona (r. 1162–1196).” She contributed an entry “The Death of the Patron: Agency, Style, and the Making of the Liber Feudorum Maior,” for Romanesque Patrons and Processes: Design and Instrumentality in Romanesque Europe, ed. Jordi Camps, Manuel Castineiras, John McNeill and Richard Plant (Routledge, 2018), 327–336. She is presently preparing a book, Image, Stone, and Song: Shaping Royal Identity in Medieval Barcelona (1150–1213). Dr. Wearing continues her work on artistic patronage and courtly culture during the aftermath of the establishment of the Crown of Aragon.


Arthur R. Westwell

Arthur R. Westwell was awarded the PhD in History at the University of Cambridge in 2017 with a dissertation entitled “The Dissemination and Reception of the Ordines Romani in the Carolingian Church, c. 750-900.” He held a Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Trier, working on “Digital Editing of Early Latin Pontifical Manuscripts and Rites, 800-1100.” He published “The Ordines of and the Liturgical Culture of Carolingian Chieti,” Papers of the British School at Rome, 86 (2018): 127-152. Dr. Westwell’s project as a Mellon Fellow, “Liturgical Allegory and the Transformation of the Latin Liturgy in the Era of the Carolingians (c. 750-900)” focuses on the recovery of the contribution of Carolingian scholars and liturgists to the written presentation and experience of the medieval Latin liturgy.


Research Fellows

Richard Gyug

Richard F. Gyug (AB, Carleton University; MA, PhD, University of Toronto; MSL, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies) is a Research Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, and Professor at the Department of History, Fordham University. He is also the author of numerous publications on liturgical books in southern Italy and Dalmatia, and social history in medieval Catalonia. ...


Visiting Fellows

Jonathan Boulton

Jonathan Boulton is Professor Emeritus of History and Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of two books, co-editor of one book with an additional five books in preparation. Sixty-five articles and chapters in books bear his name. He is the Founding Editor of Alta Studia Heraldica: The Scholarly Journal of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada – La revue savante de la Société royale héraldique du Canada. During his Visiting Fellowship at the Institute, Professor Boulton will work to complete his book, “The Modern Myth of Medieval 'Chivalry': A Comprehensive Study of Didactic Works Proposing Codes of Behaviour for Noblemen composed 1170-1505,” which will refute the modern notions both of the existence of a single nobiliary code, and of the general association of such ideal behaviour with knighthood.

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Daniel J. Nodes

Daniel J. Nodes is Professor of Classics at Baylor University, Waco Texas. Author of five books and over thirty articles, Professor Nodes was a Visiting Fellow during the summer of 2019, during which time he completed volume one of the first edition of Frater Petrus, Collationes de tempore. His return to the Institute in the summer of 2020 was unfortunately impeded by the coronavirus pandemic, but he was able to join us virtually, working towards completing the second and final volume of the Petrus Collations. Thanks to a research leave from Baylor University, Professor Nodes will continue as Visiting Fellow of the Institute until the end of December 2020.


Kriston R. Rennie

Kriston R. Rennie is Associate Professor in Medieval History at the University of Queensland. His research interests include medieval canon law, papal legation, the Roman Church and the papacy, monastic exemption, and religious history more generally. His current research project examines how memory and heritage have come to be so closely linked in western culture, using the singular and pivotal case of the Benedictine abbey of Monte Cassino (est. 529) to analyse the historical process of remembering and its impact on modern representations of the past. Kriston was an LMS Fellow at PIMS in 2006–7; he has held various research fellowships in Germany, Belgium, the USA, Australia, and England.

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