Affiliated Faculty

Below are the affiliated faculty for the Department of Premodern Studies.

Affiliated Faculty

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Stephen Ahearne-Kroll

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Specialties

Intersection of Greek and Roman culture with Early Christinaity; Development of Early Christianity; New Testament; Greek Religion and Ritual; Religion in Popular Culture; Study of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity; Ancient constructions of gender; Intertextuality and the New Testament

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Elaine Auyoung

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Specialties

Aesthetic Experience; Education and Learning in the Humanities; Methods of Reading; Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture; Psychological Approaches to the Arts; Literature and Philosophy; Epistemic Injustice

Timothy Brennan

Timothy Brennan

Specialties

Problems of world literature and globalization; Intellectuals and the media; Postcolonial theory; Music of the African diaspora; Continental literary and cultural theory; 19th and 20th-century comparative literature

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Tony C. Brown

Specialties

Continental and Political Philosophy; Early Modern and Enlightenment Philosophy, Anthropology and Literature; The Animal, the Human and the Non-Human; The State and Statelessness; Aesthetic Theory and the Sublime; Deconstruction; Marxism; Colonialism and Imperialism; Literature and Literary Theory

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Cesare Casarino

Specialties

Literary and visual cultures of HIV/AIDS; Modern and contemporary continental philosophy; Nineteenth- and twentieth-century comparative literatures; Literary theory; European cinemas; Theories of gender and sexuality

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Sarah Chambers

She/her

Specialties

Andean region; Colonial Latin American history; Cultural and legal history; Transition between the end of the colonial period and the formation of republican nations; Gender history; Chile

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David Aiona Chang

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Specialties

Race and Nationalism; Indigenous History; U.S. West; Native Hawaiian History; Indigenous Studies; United States Colonialism; United States, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century History

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Juliette Cherbuliez

Director, Center for Premodern Studies

Specialties

Ethics and experience of violence; 17th-century French literature and culture, esp. drama and the novel; Dramatic literature, theater history, performance studies; Libertinism and free-thinking

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Gabriela Currie

Specialties

Global perspectives: pre-modern music history; Medieval music theory; Music iconography; Early ethnographic accounts of musical traditions in Eurasia and Africa; Intersections between musical and scientific thought in the early- and pre-modern eras; Music and culture of the Balkan Penninsula, Western and Central Asia

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Andrew Elfenbein

Specialties

British literature, history, and culture, 1700-1900; influence study; queer theory; history of English; cognition and reading; the study of authorship; empirical psychology and literary study

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Ana Paula Ferreira

Specialties

Decolonial Studies of Lusophone Literatures and Cultures; "Race" and Race Relations in the Global Spanish and Portuguese-speaking South; Women, Feminisms and Late Empire

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Michael Gaudio

On Leave 2023-2024

Specialties

Early Modern Atlantic World; Print history; Landscape; Art and Science; Historiography

Katharine Gerbner

Katharine Gerbner

Specialties

Atlantic World; Early American History; Religion; Comparative Early Modern History; History of Race; Global Christianity

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Alia Goehr

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Specialties

Ming- and Qing-period Chinese literature; Chinese Religions; The Novel & World Literature; Theories of Mind and Corporeality; Commentary Traditions

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Michelle Hamilton

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Director

Specialties

Cultural Contact in Medieval Iberia; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies; Hebrew and Arabic cultures of Europe; The Medieval Mediterranean and its Legacy; Sephardic Traditions; Mediterranean Studies; Religious Studies & Philosophies

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Kelley Harness

Specialties

Music and theater in Italian convents; 17th-century Italian opera; Musical intermedi in 16th-century spoken plays; Handel operas; African and Latin American music; 16th- and 17th-century musical patronage; Women and political legitimacy in early 17th-century Florence; Political imagery in Renaissance arts

Kat Hayes, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota

Kat Hayes

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Specialties

Historical archaeology; Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Studies; XR (extended reality) in heritage interpretation; Archaeological ethics and repatriation; Memory, forgetting, history, heritage

Michal Kobialka

Michal Kobialka

Specialties

Eastern European theater; Literature; Theatre Historiography; Theatre History; Medieval Theatre; Avant-Garde Theatre and Drama

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Bernard Levinson

Specialties

Jewish studies; history of interpretation; Hebrew Bible; Deuteronomy; cuneiform law; ancient Near Eastern studies; literary approaches to biblical studies; divine revelation

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Dwight K. Lewis, Jr.

Specialties

History of early modern philosophy; Philosophy of race; Africana philosophy, with a focus on the philosophy of Anton Willhelm Amo (c.1700-c.1750)

Anatoly Liberman

Anatoly Liberman

Specialties

Folklore; General linguistics; Germanic philology; Historical phonology and the origin of words; Languages and literature of the Middle Ages; Scandinavian mythology; Poetic translation; Literary criticism; Etymology; Creative witing; Russian literature; English literature

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Michael Lower

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Specialties

The Crusades; North Africa; Medieval Mediterranean; Sports History; Jewish History

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Nabil Matar

Specialties

Arab-Islamic civilization; Seventeenth-Century English Religious literature; Arabic and European travel literature; Captivity Literature; Euro-Islamic contacts (early modern)

Raúl Marrero-Fente

Raul Marrero-Fente

Specialties

Colonial Latin America Literature and Culture; Early Modern Hispanic Epic Poetry; Latin American literature; Early Modern Spanish literature; Cuban literature; Legal History; Human Rights

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Mary Jo Maynes

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Specialties

European social history; France; Germany; History of female labor in European textile industries; History of the family; Ireland; Women; Personal narratives; Autobiography; The family in global history; History of childhood, youth, girlhood

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Stuart McLean

Specialties

Philosophical anthropology; Experimental writing; Anthropology of Art; North Atlantic region; Landscape and environment

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Michael Bennett McNulty

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Specialties

Immanuel Kant; History and Philosophy of Science; History and Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic; Early Modern Philosophy; Philosophy of Sport

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Susan Noakes

Specialties

French and Italian literature and poetry; Women's studies; Banking and economics in medieval literature; The Global Middle Ages

Jean O'Brien

Jean O'Brien

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Specialties

Native American and Indigenous Studies; State and Federal Recogntion; Settler Colonial Studies; US Colonialism

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Zozan Pehlivan

Specialties

Environmental History; History of Violence; Comparative Empires; Pastoral Nomadism; Ottoman Empire; Kurdistan

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Kathryn Reyerson

Specialties

Social and economic history; Medieval France; Mediterranean World; Medieval Europe; Legal history; World History

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Matthias Rothe

Specialties

Modernism; Aesthetics and Political Economy; Marxism; Political Theater and Theater History; DDR Kulturgeschichte

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Jennifer Row

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Specialties

Queer theory; Disability Studies; Early Modern Dramatic Literature (French and English); Dance history and performance studies; Affect Theory; Histories and archives of sexuality and gender; Literary theory and history of rhetoric

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Nida Sajid

Specialties

South Asian Literature and Culture; Intellectual History and Global Eighteenth Century; Empire and Postcolonial Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Modern Muslim World and Islam in South Asia; Material Culture and Dress Studies

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Andrew Scheil

Specialties

Old English language and literature; literatures and cultures of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages; medieval Latin literature, Celtic and Germanic languages and literatures; Middle English literature and Early Modern/Renaissance literature; folklore and folktales; oral tradition; traditions of exegesis, historiography and geography in the Middle Ages; science-fiction, fantasy, and horror literature/media; reception of classical and biblical literature

Katherine Scheil

Katherine Scheil

Specialties

18th-century literature; Shakespeare; early modern literature; theatre history and performance studies; archival study; history of reading; women's studies/feminist criticism/history of women

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Daniel Schroeter

Specialties

Muslim-Jewish Relations; Jewish history of North Africa and the Western Mediterranean, early-modern to modern; Moroccan history; Colonialism and the Jews in the Middle East and North Africa; Holocaust Studies; History of Israel and Palestine

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JB Shank

Specialties

European Intellectual and Cultural History; The Cultural History of Modern Science; European Thought and Culture before 1850; The "Scientific Revolution," Enlightenment Science, and Newtonianism; Old Regime Society, especially in France and Italy; The History of Silicon Valley

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Rachel Trocchio

Specialties

17th- through 19th-century American literature; Puritanism and Puritan literary studies; Early Modern studies; religion and cognition; intellectual history

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Eva von Dassow

Specialties

History of the ancient Near East; Hurrian language and literature; Syro-Mesopotamian society and politics

Ann Waltner

Ann Waltner

Specialties

ritual; law; religion; traditional Chinese social history; gender; analysis of historical documentation; rumor; gossip; chinese history; world history; feminism

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John Watkins

Specialties

historiography; sovereignty and queenship; medieval and early modern diplomacy; premodern political culture; classical and medieval origins of the Renaissance; Mediterranean Studies

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Peter Wells

Specialties

material culture; visual representation; central Europe; culture contact; European prehistory; frontiers; Iron Age; late prehistory; Roman and early medieval periods; Roman Europe; identity; ancient Germans; ancient Celts

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Travis Workman

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Specialties

Korean and Japanese literature; Intellectual history; Film and media; Melodrama; Humanism and its critiques; Translation

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Amit Yahav

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Specialties

Eighteenth-century British literature and culture; The novel; Romanticism; Aesthetics; Literary, cultural, and political theory; History of Popular Culture: Leisure