MemberJanna C

Janna Coomans is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Medieval History. She defended her dissertation (cum laude), titled “In Pursuit of a Healthy City: Sanitation and the Common Good in the Late Medieval Low Countries”, in June 2018. Her current research project explores the practices of various agents to promote communal wellbeing in the late medieval urban Low Countries. It is part of the ERC-funded interdisciplinary project “Healthscaping Urban Europe”. Her main research interests are the history of (public) health; social and urban history and more theoretical explorations of spatiality and materiality; as well as gender, medicine, crime, and urban governance.

MemberJohannes Waldschütz

I’m head of the City Museum and City Archives of Stockach since 2017. I also pursue a sparetime PhD project in Medieval History, that I started while working at the University of Freiburg. I’m particularly interested in medieval monastic history and especially the relations between monasteries and their patrons, as well as the sources that document these relations: cartularies, chronicles and charters. I’ve also worked on late medieval cities and in my job as head of the museum curated exhibitions on such diverse topics as the German Revolution of 1918 and french painter Marc Chagall.    

MemberMichel Summer

2017-present: PhD student, History, Trinity College Dublin.
2017: MA, Medieval History, University of Freiburg.
2014: BA, History, University of Freiburg.

I am a PhD student in Medieval History and Research Assistant at Trinity College Dublin. My doctoral thesis, supervised by Dr Immo Warntjes and funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund, bears the working title ‘Beyond Mission: Willibrord as a Political Actor between Early Medieval Ireland, Britain and Merovingian Francia (658-739)’; see below for a brief abstract. For contact details see the CV below.

MemberAdam Cook

Adam has always had a keen interest in medieval history, particularly borderlands and frontiers. He completed both a BA and MRes in History at the University of Hull in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Adam’s PhD research focuses on identity in Yorkshire and Northumberland between 1066 and 1216, using baronial families as a lens through which to examine the distinct political, social, cultural and religious characteristics of these regions. The project is funded by NECAH under the supervision of Dr Colin Veach at the University of Hull and Dr Katherine Lewis at the University of Huddersfield.

MemberAlexander Sembdner

I am currently a research assistant (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the chair of “Sächsische und Vergleichende Landesgeschichte”, Historisches Seminar, Leipzig University (Prof. Dr. Enno Bünz) and working on my habilitation (working title: “Landesteilungen im spätmittelalterlichen Reich und im europäischen Kontext”). My research interests are Medieval History (Mittelalterliche Geschichte), especially the Late Middle Ages (Spätmittelalter), Regional History (Landesgeschichte), Church History (Kirchengeschichte), Urban History (Stadtgeschichte), History of Universities (Universitätsgeschichte), Social History (Sozialgeschichte) and Constitutional History (Verfassungsgeschichte).

MemberSierra Lomuto

I am an Assistant Professor of English at Macalester College, where I also hold a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2020).  My teaching and research interests focus on medieval histories of global contact and the literature they engendered; the formation of racial ideologies in the Middle Ages; and contemporary appropriations of the medieval past. I am currently working on my first book, Exotic Allies: Race, Literature, and the Construction of Mongols in Medieval Europe. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. and B.A. from Mills College, and I’m a former community college student from the San Francisco Bay Area.

MemberChristopher Woolgar

…BA (History and Archaeology): University of Southampton

PhD (Medieval History): University of Durham

Diploma in Archive Administration: University of Liverpool…

B.F. Harvey and C.M. Woolgar, eds, The States of the Manors of Westminster Abbey, c.1300-1420. 2 vols, British Academy, Records of Social and Economic History, new series, 57-8 (London, 2019)



C.M. Woolgar, ‘Medieval Food and Colour’ Journal of Medieval History 44, no. 1 (2018): 1-20

C.M. Woolgar, ‘What Makes Things Holy? The Senses and Material Culture in the Later Middle Ages’, in R. Macdonald, E. Murphy and E. Swann, eds., Sensing the Sacred in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (London, 2018), pp. 60-78

C.M. Woolgar, ed., The Elite Household in England, 1100-1550. Harlaxton Medieval Stud…

I have a long-standing interest in the history of the everyday, especially in the medieval period, in patterns of documentation and in editorial work. My current research focuses on the objects of daily life, their significance and the meaning of material culture in the later Middle Ages. I have written about the medieval great household, sensory perception, food and diet, and published editions of medieval household accounts, and episcopal wills and inventories. I spent more than 30 years working as an archivist, latterly as Head of Special Collections at the University of Southampton Library, and I have interests in political, military and official papers – and in the study of diplomatic more generally. I have been the editor of the Journal of Medieval History since 2009. I have just completed an edition, with Barbara Harvey, of The States of the Manors of Westminster Abbey, c.1300-1422, published by the British Academy in its Records of Social and Economic History series in 2019. For my current research project, on people and their possessions in late medieval England, see below. I was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2020

MemberKatrin Boniface

Kat Boniface is a PhD student at the University of California, Riverside, studying horses and horsemanship in early modern Europe. She earned her MA in medieval history, with Distinction, from California State University, Fresno in 2015. Her Master’s thesis was on the social symbolism of the horse, and the disconnect from its practical value that developed in the late middle ages. She graduated from Stony Brook University, in New York, in 2013 with honors in history and a second major in English, both focusing on medieval Europe. She is the founder and current President of the Equine History Collective. Prior to returning to academics, she earned a trade degree in horse training from Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre, along with a teaching certification, and ran an equine program in Maryland. Current research areas include medieval and early modern equine nutrition, changing definitions of “humane” treatment in animal training, and genetic history. Her dissertation, “Manufacturing the Horse,” examines how the heritability of traits in livestock was understood prior to Mendel and Darwin.

MemberRyan T. Goodman

…2018 – Royal Studies Network
2017 – Royal Historical Society (Postgraduate Member)
2017 – International Society of Anglo-Saxonists
2015 – Manchester Medieval Society
2015 – M6 Medieval History Research Seminar
2015 – Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies (MANCASS)
2012 – The Medieval Academy of America
2006 – Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society…
…PhD in Medieval History | 2018 | University of Manchester

MA in European History | 2012 | East Carolina University

BA in History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies | 2008 | East Carolina University…

My research explores the intersection of gender and political culture in England and surrounding realms in the transition from the early to central (or ‘high’) middle ages, c. AD 900-1200, with a particular focus on the relationship between the ideals and practice of masculinity and kingship. I recently completed my PhD in Medieval History at the University of Manchester. My dissertation was entitled ‘”In a Father’s Place”: Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Masculinity in the Long Tenth Century.’ I completed my BA in History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies (2008) and my MA in European History (2012) at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where my MA thesis explored ‘The Role of Royal Power in the Formation of an Anglo-Saxon State, circa 400-900 AD.’ I previously served, from 2012–2015, as a Teaching Instructor in East Carolina University’s Department of History, as part of the Italy Intensives study abroad program based in Certaldo, Tuscany. While there, I also served as the program’s Academic Coordinator and Writing Center Director, as well as the Scholarship Committee Chair, Student Life Director, and Social Media Coordinator.

MemberNicola Calleri

Nicola Calleri holds a master degree in Medieval History at University of Genova, as well as a state diploma in Archiving, Palaeography and Diplomatics at the State Archive of Genova (the main medieval notarial archive on earth). As a scholar of Giovanni Rebora, his research – based on unreleased documentary fonts – developed around sourcing, trading and consumption of food in the Mediterranean area in pre-industrial ages. In specialistic niches his papers raised genuine interest at various latitudes, gaining dissemination among the four winds. He standed in the committee of the prize dedicated to Giovanni Rebora. In adulthood he also attended 2 out of 3 years of Corporate Law bachelor degree at University of Genova.