Research in Medieval and Early Modern Christianity

The Department is in the process of hiring faculty to replace recently retired Emerita professor Ann Matter.  Professor Anthea Butler covers later periods of Christian history. There is ample opportunity for comparative work between Christian and Jewish Studies with Talya Fishman (Religious Studies), David Ruderman (History), and between Christian and Islamic Studies with Jamal Elias (Religious Studies), Paul Cobb and Joseph Lowry (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), and Renata Holod (History of Art). Our students are encouraged to study with a wide range of faculty, and dissertation committees in this area often include faculty from other departments.

Courses relating directly to medieval and early modern Christianity are also offered by faculty in other departments — especially David Wallace and Emily Steiner in English; Rita Copeland in Comparative Literature, Classical Studies and English; Ann Moyer and Thomas Safley in History; Kevin Brownlee in French and Italian; Michael Solomon in Spanish; and Julia Verkolantsev in Slavic Languages and Literatures. All of these faculty have worked together to help build an impressive collection of medieval manuscripts in Penn's Van Pelt Library. These resources add to Penn as a prime choice for students who wish to work with medieval Christian texts at the level of manuscript and textual studies.

Knowledge of Latin and at least one modern European language is necessary upon entrance to make the most of these resources. Students interested in comparative studies will, of course, also need Greek, Hebrew, and/or Arabic.