Steering Committee of the Center for Medieval & Byzantine Studies (2018-19)

Lilla Kopár (Director; English), Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos (Theology and Religious Studies), Aaron Butts (Semitics), Robin Darling Young (Theology and Religious Studies), Gregory Doolan (Philosophy), William Klingshirn (Early Christian Studies/Greek and Latin), Timothy Noone (Philosophy; on leave in Fall 2018), and Jennifer Paxton (History).

Graduate student representative: Sarah Taylor.

Affiliated Faculty Members

Members of the faculty of Medieval and Byzantine Studies are drawn from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Canon Law, Theology and Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Music, and include:

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    Lilla Kopár, Director Associate Professor, Department of English


    Research/Teaching Interests: Old (and Middle) English language and literature, Viking-age stone sculpture, Germanic mythology, medieval Scandinavia.

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  • Stefanos Alexopoulos
    Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos Associate Professor, School of Theology and Religious Studies


    Research/Teaching Interests: Byzantine liturgical history.

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  • Monica Blanchard
    Monica J. Blanchard Curator, Semitics/ICOR Library


    Research/Teaching Interests: Languages and literatures of the Christian Near East, orientalist librarianship.

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  • Aaron Butts
    Aaron M. Butts Assistant Professor, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures


    Research/Teaching Interests: Language, literature, and history of the Christian Near East, especially Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic.

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  • Joseph Capizzi
    Joseph E. Capizzi Professor, School of Theology and Religious Studies


    Research/Teaching Interests: Medieval political theology, war and peace.

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  • Mark Clark
    Mark Clark Professor, School of Theology and Religious Studies


    Research/Teaching Interests: Medieval theology, the Bible and theology in the early Scholastic period.

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  • Jennifer Davis
    Jennifer R. Davis Associate Professor, Department of History


    Research/Teaching Interests: Early medieval history, especially the Carolingians, early medieval archeology.

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  • Gregory Doolan
    Gregory T. Doolan Associate Professor, School of Philosophy


    Research/Teaching Interests: Medieval philosophy and metaphysics.

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  • Sarah Brown Ferrario
    Sarah Brown Ferrario Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Greek and Latin


    Research/Teaching Interests: Greek history and literature, particularly of the fifth and fourth centuries, B.C.

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  • Michael Gorman
    Michael Gorman Professor, School of Philosophy


    Research/Teaching Interests: Metaphysics and Christology.

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  • Nora Heimann
    Nora Heimann Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art, Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art, Department of Art


    Research/Teaching Interests: Joan of Arc in art and culture, medieval and Gothic revival, religion and art, hagiography, women and gender.

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  • Tobias Hoffman
    Tobias Hoffmann Professor, School of Philosophy


    Research/Teaching Interests: Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, medieval ethics.

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  • Katherine L. Jansen Professor, Department of History and editor of Speculum


    Research/Teaching Interests: Medieval Italy; medieval women and gender; religious and cultural history.

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  • William Klingshirn
    William Klingshirn Professor, Department of Greek and Latin, and Director of the Center for the Study of Early Christianity


    Research/Teaching Interests: Late antique history, Roman religion, Christianization, divination.

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  • Angela McKay Knobel
    Angela McKay Knobel Associate Professor, School of Philosophy


    Research/Teaching Interests: Virtue, ethics, Thomas Aquinas.

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  • William Loewe
    William P. Loewe Professor, School of Theology and Religious Studies


    Research/Teaching Interests: Systematic and fundamental theology, especially Christology and soteriology, Lonergan Studies.

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  • Nicholas Lombardo
    Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P. Associate Professor, School of Theology and Religious Studies


    Research/Teaching Interests: Theology of God, soteriology, theological anthropology, Thomas Aquinas

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  • Mark Morozowich
    Rev. Mark Morozowich Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies


    Research/Teaching Interests: Byzantine liturgy.

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  • Megan Murton
    Megan Murton Assistant Professor, Department of English


    Research/Teaching Interests: (Old and) Middle English literature, especially Chaucer; Middle English religious writings; medieval reception of Boethius.

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  • Timothy Noone
    Timothy B. Noone Professor, School of Philosophy


    Research/Teaching Interests: John Duns Scotus, Franciscan philosophy, metaphysics in the High Middle Ages, medieval intellectual culture.

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  • Fabio Pagani
    Fabio Pagani Assistant Professor, Department of Greek and Latin


    Research/Teaching Interests: Interactions between Classical and Christian learning in the Middle Ages, Medieval Latin, Byzantine Greek, Latin and Greek paleography.

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  • Jennifer Paxton
    Jennifer Paxton Director of the University Honors Program and Clinical Assistant Professor of History


    Research/Teaching Interests: Medieval England and Ireland, medieval monasticism.

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  • John F. Petruccione Associate Professor, Department of Greek and Latin


    Research/Teaching Interests: Latin Patristics, early Christian poetry and hagiography.

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  • Larry Poos
    Lawrence R. Poos Professor, Department of History


    Research Interests: Late medieval social and economic history.

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  • Philip Rousseau Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christianity


    Research/Teaching Interests: Late antique religion with emphasis on early Christian asceticism.

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  • Shawqi Talia Instructor, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures


    Research/Teaching Interests: Arabic, Neo-Syriac, Garshuni texts, simultaneous interpretation (Arabic-English).

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  • Janet Timbie
    Janet Timbie Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures


    Research/Teaching Interests: Coptic, Egyptian asceticism and monasticism.

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  • Matthias Vorwerk
    Matthias Vorwerk Associate Professor and Associate Dean, School of Philosophy


    Research/Teaching Interests: Ancient philosophy, Plato, Plotinus, Neoplatonism.

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  • Lev Weitz
    Lev Weitz Assistant Professor, Department of History


    Research/Teaching Interests: Medieval Middle East, law and society, non-Muslims in Islamic societies.

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    Susan Wessel Professor, School of Theology and Religious Studies


    Research/Teaching Interests: Early Church History, Patristics, Conciliar History, Christology, Moral Psychology.

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  • Kevin White
    Kevin White Associate Professor, School of Philosophy


    Research/Teaching Interests: Medieval Latin philosophy, medieval rhetoric, Thomas Aquinas.

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  • John Wippel
    Monsignor John H. Wippel Professor, School of Philosophy


    Research/ Teaching Interests: Medieval philosophy, Thomas Aquinas, Godfrey of Fontaines.

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  • Michael G. Witczak
    Rev. Michael G. Witczak Associate Professor, School of Theology and Religious Studies


    Research/Teaching Interests: History of the liturgy, sacramental liturgy, Medieval Latin liturgy, especially the development of the Ordo missae, the cult of the saints.

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  • Robin Darling Young
    Robin Darling Young Associate Professor, School of Theology and Religious Studies


    Research/Teaching Interests: History of Early Christianity, Patristic Theology, Eastern Christianity (Greek, Syriac, Armenian), Monasticism.

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Emeritus Professors

Uta Renate Blumenthal

Professor Emerita, Department of History
  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Research Interests: Medieval institutional history, the Investiture Controversy.
  • blumenthal@cua.edu

Thérèse-Anne Druart

Professor, School of Philosophy
  • Ph.D., Université Catholique de Louvain; B. Phil., Oxford University
  • Research/Teaching Interests: Medieval Arabic philosophy, Greek philosophy (Plato), medieval Latin philosophy.
  • druart@cua.edu

Fr. Sidney Griffith

Professor Emeritus, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures
  • Ph.D., Catholic University of America
  • Research/Teaching Interests: Arabic Christianity, Syriac monasticism, medieval Christian-Muslim encounters, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.
  • griffith@cua.edu

Joan T. Grimbert

Professor Emerita, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Research Interests: Medieval French literature and language.
  • grimbert@cua.edu

Fr. John Lynch

Professor Emeritus, School of Canon Law
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • Research Interests: History of canon law, medieval history.
  • lynch@cua.edu

Frank A.C. Mantello

Professor Emeritus, Department of Greek and Latin
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • Research/Teaching Interests: Medieval Latin, Latin paleography, textual criticism.
  • mantello@cua.edu

Kenneth Pennington

Professor Emeritus, Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, Columbus School of Law and School of Canon Law
  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Research/Teaching Interests: Ancient, medieval and early modern legal history, history of constitutional thought, political theory, Church history, history of universities, paleography.
  • pennington@cua.edu

✝ Stephen Wright

Professor Emeritus, Department of English Language and Literature
  • Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Research Interests: Middle English and European literature, medieval drama.


Visiting Fellows

2015-2016: Joseph Koivisto, MLIS DC Public Library / Library of Congress
2011-2012: Joshua A. Westgard, Ph.D UCLA, Reichenau-St. Gall Virtual Library Project