MemberTamar Rotman

I am a historian of late antique and early medieval history, interested in the role of hagiography and the cults of saints in the cultural and social history of their time. In my PhD dissertation, I have examined the hagiographical corpus of Gregory of Tours and showed that three of his hagiographical works (the Glory of the Martyrs, the Glory of the Confessors, and the Vita Paturm) were actually meant to be read together as an ecclesiastical history. This history, I argue, helped Gregory to construct a Gallo-Christian identity for the people living in sixth-century Merovingian Gaul. My current research examines Gregory of Tours’ autobiographical anecdotes in his historiographical and hagiographical works and aims at showing how Gregory tried to write his own hagiography and construct his future cult as a saint.

MemberKent Navalesi

…The Medieval Academy of America

Hagiography Society…

I am a PhD candidate in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I specialize in Late Antiquity with particular research interests in the religious uses of literacy in the early barbarian kingdoms. My dissertation, tentatively titled “Venantius Fortunatus and the Literary Promotion of Saints’ Cults inSixth-Century Gaul,” examines the prose hagiography of Fortunatus and the ways they engage contemporary discourses on salvation and pastoral care. I am also hoping to publish the first English translation of the heretofore untranslated Fortunatan prose lives. CV here.

MemberCarmen R. Rabell

I am a Comparative Literature professor. My research focuses on European Renaissance and Baroque Cultures. I am particularly interested in (1) Law and Literature (rhetoric, narration, and the law); (2) Classic, Renaissance and Baroque poetics; (3) Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Novella; (4) the picaresque novel and its relationship to confessional discourse, hagiography, and books of conduct; and (5) the politics of monstrous representation in Renaissance and Baroque theater.You can se some of my publications at

MemberRicky Broome

…ilable at the White Rose Repository

[2008-2009] Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

2009: Master’s Degree – Historical Research MA (Distinction)

Thesis title: Constructing Authority in a Post-Roman Kingdom: Hagiography and Political Culture in Late Visigothic Spain

[2004-2007] Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

2007: Bachelor’s Degree – Medieval and Renaissance Studies BA, Hons (2.1)

Dissertation title: Civili…

I’m an independent researcher and early medieval historian based in Leeds. My research covers various aspects of cultural continuity and change in the late Merovingian and early Carolingian worlds, focusing particularly on the eighth century and on aspects of identity, community and otherness. I’m especially interested in hagiography and the process of conversion from paganism to Christianity. Available to review books/articles on these or related topics. Please email me to discuss:

MemberWendy Laura Belcher

African language literature (especially that in Gəˁəz, Amharic, Hausa), Anglophone African literature, early African literature, African film, African women authors, history of the African book, African manuscript cultures, African female saints, and queer African studies; as well as race and gender in eighteenth-century English literature, comparative African and European studies, postcolonial literature, Chicana/o literature, African American literature, comparative hagiographies, gender and sexuality, memoir, indirection and censorship, travel literature, manuscript studies, prison literature, intellectual autobiography, and supernatural monsters.

MemberShannon Cunningham

I publish academic monographs, essay collections, and editions/translations in the fields of medieval studies, early modern studies, and Asian studies. (The complete list of series I manage can be accessed here.) If you’re working on a book proposal, or have any questions about the publication processes of the presses I work for, please get in touch with me ( I welcome any proposals related to the aforementioned fields, but my specific interests pertain to intellectual history, hagiography, Old Norse, medieval/early modern literature, Chinese history, and cross-cultural engagements.

MemberHelen Lawson

Helen Lawson’s doctoral thesis, ‘Navigating Northumbria: Mobility, Allegory and Writing Travel in Early Medieval Northumbria’, considers the narrational and theological role of travel and mobility in Northumbrian histories and hagiographies. This work originally stemmed from the idea that scholarship on early medieval northern Britain tends to underestimate, or reject outright, the role of land transport in early medieval mobility. Whilst the original starting point was focussed on the practice and practicalities of travel, the thesis has shifted to interrogate the conceptual role of travel in the milieu of Bede and his contemporaries.  

MemberGhazzal Dabiri

…2021. Thecla and Medieval Sainthood: The Acts of Paul and Thecla in Eastern and Western Hagiography. Edited by Ghazzal Dabiri and Flavia Ruani. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2021. Narrating Power and Authority in Late Antique and Medieval Hagiography across East and West. Fabulae 1. Edited by Ghazzal Dabiri. Turnhout: Brepols.
“Tales of Kinship, Kingship, and Justice and the Making of the Muslim World, 6th-12th c.” Ma…
…hecla? Female Civic and Spiritual Leadership in ‘Attār’s ‘Tale of the Virtuous Woman’ and the Life and Passion of Eugenia.” In Thecla and Medieval Sainthood: The Acts of Paul and Thecla in Eastern and Western Hagiography. Edited by Ghazzal Dabiri and Flavia Ruani. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2021. “Introduction.” In Thecla and Medieval Sainthood: The Acts of Paul and Thecla in Eastern and Western Hagiography. …

I hold a PhD in Iranian Studies from UCLA. My research focuses on narratives of power and holiness in medieval Islamic Iran. I am primarily interested in themes related to kingship, sainthood, social identity building, the supernatural. My interest in these narratives partly arises from their fascinating itineraries, which have taken them from the eastern Iranian heartlands in antiquity down to the pre-modern era and from the Balkans to Malaysia. I am currently working on a book project, which has the working title “God’s Kings: The Medieval Reception of Ancient Narratives of Kingship.” And I am also editing two volumes dealing with hagiographies across Eurasia. One, which has the working title, Imitatio Theclae, is on the literary reception of the Acts of Paul and Thecla and the other looks at how various hagiographers across the Indo-Mediterranean world narrated power and authority.   I am recipient of the following grants and awards: 2015, European Research Council fellow at Ghent University in Belgium; 2011, Fulbright Research Fellowship, Cairo, Egypt; and 2008, Honorable Mention for the Best Dissertation from the Foundation for Iranian Studies.   From 2008-2014, I was the coordinator of the Persian Studies Program at Columbia University where, in addition to teaching and mentoring students, I organized a successful lecture series which included talks by established and up-and-coming scholars, artists, film makers, and musicians. From 2006-2008, I was the director for the Persian Studies Program at California State, Fullerton which included a summer study-abroad semester in Yerevan, Armenia.   I have been a long-time member of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) which is committed to bringing scholars from around the world interested in all fields related to Iran and the Persianate worlds, past and present. I served as its newsletter editor, secretary of the association, and member of the board of directors.

MemberMarian Toledo Candelaria

I completed a thesis on literary representations of King Malcolm III Canmore (r. 1058-93) in Scottish historical narratives at the University of Guelph (2018). My research interests lie broadly in historiography produced in the British Isles during the medieval period, and in the construction of identities according to political, social and cultural circumstances. I am also interested in kingship, chivalry and knighthood, hagiography, maps and chronicles, and book history and paleography. As a Scottish historian, I am concerned also with intersections of Scottish identity and artistic production, presenting a paper on Alexander McQueen’s notion of Scottishness at the Guelph Scottish Studies Colloquium in 2019. Lastly, I have longstanding interests in book history and bibliography, especially the transmission of Scottish material in Spanish books. I have also worked on several special collection exhibitions and digital humanities projects in Canada, and I worked as Curator of Rare Books of La Casa del Libro Museum-Library in San Juan Puerto Rico (2013), where I was tasked with updating the collection’s inventory and the Museum’s exhibition and activities schedule.