Faculty

Jeremy duQuesnay Adams

Jeremy

Ph.D., Harvard University
Professor of History, Southern Methodist University

Dr. Adams has consistently focused on group identity, its formation and disintegration, exclusion from and inclusion into units of ethnic, cultural, political and social organization. His many works have approached materials from the Fathers of the Church (Augustine, Jerome, etc.), Visigothic Spain, and Capetian France. Professor Adams’ publications include: Patterns of Medieval Society (Prentice-Hall, 1969), The Populus of Augustine and Jerome: A Study in the Patristic Sense of Community (Yale University Press, 1971), Joan of Arc: Her Story - a translation of Régine Pernoud’s Jeanne d’Arc - (St. Martin’s Press, 1998), and numerous articles including: ‘Toledo‘s Visigothic Metamorphosis’, ‘Jerome, the Classic Correspondent,’ ‘Classic Problems and Structure of the University in the Middle Ages,’ ‘The Influence of Lucan on the Political Attitudes of Suger of Saint-Denis,’ and several essays on political grammar (those of Isidore of Seville, Ildefonsus of Toledo, Julian of Toledo, et al.); and contributions to: The New Catholic Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Early Christianity.

Jo Goyne

Goyne JoM.A., Southern Methodist University
Senior Lecturer in English, Director of the First-year Writing Program, Southern Methodist University Laura Kesselman Devlin Instructor of English 1995–96

Professor Goyne, recognized for the excellence and clarity of her teaching, is also Associate Editor of the scholarly journal Arthuriana, the official journal of the International Arthurian Society, North American Branch; as well as a past Co-Editor of Criteria, A Journal of Rhetoric (92–93; 93–94), a publication of the First-Year Writing Program at Southern Methodist University. In addition to her administrative and editorial obligations, Ms. Goyne has published several articles on medieval English literature, medieval thought, and gender / women’s studies, including: "Parataxis and Causality in the Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake," "Pleasing Virtue: The Problem of Word and Will in Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale," and "Arthurian Dreams and Medieval Dream Theory". Ms. Goyne is committed to pedagogy and has lectured on the subject at a number of conferences, including: "Teaching Arthurian Materials in a First-Year Writing Course".

Ada Kuskowski

Ph.D., Cornell University 

Professor of History, Southern Methodist University

Dr. Kuskowski's research interests focus on cultural histories of legal knowledge. Her current book project, "Composing Custom: Juristic Imagination and the Invention of Customary Law in Thirteenth-Century France," examines lay justistic communities in Northern France as they sought to theorize custom and express it in the vernacular. It tells the story of the development of the law book, of custom as it shifts from practice to theorized norm, of the constitution of lay communities brought together by their interest in legal knowledge, of the constitution of authority within those communities, and more generally of the creative process that was fundamental to the customary legal culture of the day.

Dr.  Kuskowski completed her Ph.D. at Cornell University in 2013, where she specialized in medieval legal history. She also holds Bachelor of Common Law and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from McGill University Faculty of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. Prior to her arrival at SMU, she was the the Law & Society Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Wisconsin Madison Law School (2012-3), a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in legal history at New York University Law School (2011-12), and a visiting scholar in the Quebec Research Centre for Private and Comparative Law at the McGill University Faculty of Law (2010-11).

She teaches courses on the Vikings, Medieval Justice (Law, Crime & Society), Courtly Culture, Heretics and Inquisitors, as well as introductory courses to the Middle Ages. Her intellectual interests include court culture, legal history and culture, law and the humanities, social histories of knowledge, history of the book, the crusading movement, exploration, travel and cross-cultural contact.

Bruce D. Marshall

Bruce

Ph.D., Yale University
Professor of Historical Theology, Southern Methodist University

Dr. Marshall's teaching specialties are Medieval and Reformation theology and systematic theology. His research interests include the Doctrine of the Trinity, Christology, philosophical issues in theology, and Judaism and Christian theology. He is a member of the American Theological Society, the Lutheran/Orthodox Dialogue (USA), the Consultation on Faith and Reason, Center of Theological Inquiry, and the editorial boards of Modern Theology and International Jourrnal for the Study of the Christian Church. His publications include Trinity and Truth (Cambridge University Press, 2000); Christology in Conflict: The Identity of a Saviour in Rahner and Barth (Blackwell, 1987); Editor, Theology and Dialogue: Essays in Conversation with George Lindbeck (University of Notre Dame Press, 1990); "Justification as Declaration and Deification," International Journal for Systematic Theology 4.1 (2002); and "Do Christians Worship the God of Israel?" Knowing the Triune God, ed. James J. Buckley & David S. Yeago (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).

Pamela Patton

Ph.D., Boston University
Associate Professor of Art History, Southern Methodist University

Professor Pastton is an Associate Professor in the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. Her projects have won grants from the Kress Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Her first book, Pictorial Narrative in the Romanesque Cloister: Cloister Imagery and Religious Life in Medieval Spain (Peter Lang, 2004), is in its second printing; a second book, Aliens in Their Midst: Jews in the Christian Imagination of the Iberian Reconquest, is forthcoming. Teaching interests include the art and architectrue of medieval Iberia, Jewish-Christian relations in medieval Europe, art of the medieval courts, and symbol and storytelling in medieval art. Dr. Patton received a B.A. from Tufts University, an M.A. in art history from Williams College, and a Ph.D. in art history from Boston University. She is currently Associate Professor of Art History at Southern Methodist University, where she also served as curator of the Meadows Museum from 1993 to 2000. Dr. Patton teaches Monsters, Mayhem, and Miracles for the Talented and Gifted program.

Silvio De Santis

Ph.D, University of Cagliari (Italy)
Adjunct Professor Southern Methodist University

Dr. De Santis main interests are agrarian history, social history, history of food and nutrition, medieval slavery and, the relationships between the men and the environment. His researches focus on Western Mediterranean during the late Middle Ages. Before joining SMU he taught at University of Tuscia (Italy) for 6 years. He recently published a volume which offers original insights into land Lordship and agrarian topics on the border between the States of the Church and the Kingdom of Naples (San Paterniano di Ceprano, Un’azienda agraria della Camera Apostolica nel Lazio meridionale, 2007). He is currently proofing a monograph that addresses complex questions on economic sides, social conflicts, colonial policies, family strategies, agriculture productions, in Italy, its isles, and the Kingdom of Aragon (11th -14th C).

Bonnie Wheeler

Wheeler

Ph.D., Brown University
Associate Professor of English, and Director of the Medieval Studies Program, Southern Methodist University

Dr. Wheeler’s major interests are medieval romance (especially Arthurian), Chaucer, gender studies, and pedagogy. She is founding editor of Arthuriana, the quarterly journal of the International Arthurian Society/North American Branch. She served as editor of Arthuriana from 1994-2009, when the journal moved to Purdue University. Professor Wheeler has edited or co-edited co-edited the essay collections: Feminea Medievalia I: Representations of the Feminine in the Middle Ages, Texas Medieval Association (Cambridge, UK and Dallas: Academia Press, 1993); Medieval Mothering, co-edited with John Carmi Parsons (New York: Garland, 1996); Fresh Verdicts on Joan of Arc, co-edited with Charles T. Wood (New York: Garland, 1996); Becoming Male in the Middle Ages, co-edited with Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (New York: Garland, 1997) ; Listening to Heloise: The Voice of a Twelfth-Century Woman (New York: St. Martin’s, 2000); The Malory Debate: The Texts of Le Morte Darthur, co-edited with Robert L. Kindrick and Michael N. Salda (Cambridge, UK: D.S. Brewer, 2000); On Arthurian Women: Essays in Memory of Maureen Fries, co-edited with Fiona Tolhurst (Dallas: Scriptorium Press, 2001) [Nominated for Mythopoeic Scholarship Award 2002]; Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady, co-edited with John Carmi Parsons (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); Joan of Arc and Spirituality, co-edited with Ann Astell (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); Arthurian Studies in Honour of P.J.C. Field (Cambridge, UK: Brewer, 2004); Mindful Spirit in Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth D. Kirk, ed. Bonnie Wheeler (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). Her most recent work includes finishing the scholarly heritage of Mary Martin McLaughlin in a new translation of the Collected Correspondence of Abelard and Heloise, trans. Mary Martin McLaughlin with Bonnie Wheeler (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and a forthcoming biography of the Abbess Heloise.

Prof. Wheeler is in her fourth decade as Director of the Medieval Studies Program at Southern Methodist University. She has received more than 20 teaching awards, including the Perrine Prize of Phi Beta Kappa for excellence in scholarship and teaching. Wheeler has published more than 30 peer-reviewed scholarly articles in her field; delivered more than 100 scholarly lectures and presentations; and appeared in more than a dozen documentaries (and provided scores of consultancies on Medieval Studies) for the Arts & Entertainment Network, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the British Broadcasting Company, and Warner Brothers. She has organized more than 24 scholarly conferences. She is creator and series editor of The New Middle Ages in which more than 120 peer-reviewed books have now appeared.

On the national and international fronts, Wheeler served on the Nominating Committee for the Phi Beta Kappa Society, was an internationally elected Councillor of the Medieval Academy of America, was Vice President and President of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and has served on the Board of Directors of the International Medieval Society (Paris).

Wheeler is the founder and first Chair of the Consortium for Teaching of the Middle Ages (TEAMS), which is now a thriving independent organization helping medievalists in schools and colleges through its publication series and innovative conference presentations. She founded and is currently Director of the International Joan of Arc Society, as well as a Founding Chair of the Dallas chapter of Veteran Feminists of America.

Eric M. White

Ph.D., Boston University
Curator of Special Collections, Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University

Dr. White has been Curator of Special Collections at Bridwell Library since 1997. He was an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, earned his doctorate in Art History from Boston University in 1995, and received his Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas, Denton. Since coming to SMU his research has focused mainly on Bridwell Library's rare books and manuscripts, with emphasis on Gutenberg and the spread of early printing. His publications include an in-depth commentary for the CD-ROM facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible at the University of Texas, Austin (2005), two articles in Gutenberg-Jahrbuch (2002 and 2006), and the catalogues for the Bridwell exhibitions "Peter Schoeffer: Printer of Mainz" (2003) and "Six Centuries of Master Bookbinding at Bridwell Library" (2006, with Dr. Elizabeth Haluska-Rausch and John McQuillen). He lectures widely on early printing topics, and was invited to speak on 15th-century illustrated books at the Library of Congress in 2005. His wife, Dr. Pamela Patton, is Associate Professor of Art History in the Meadows School of the Arts. In 1999, they collaborated on the Meadows Museum exhibition Faith in Conflict: Devotional Images and Forbidden Books from Spain’s Counter Reformation.

Alicia R. Zuese

Alicia

Ph.D., Columbia University
Assistant Professor of Golden Age Spanish Literature, SMU

Dr. Zuese’s research interests encompass the medieval and early modern periods of Spanish literature. In particular, she is interested in literary representations of communicative practices, urban culture, space, festivals, and emblems. She also studies the participation of women in urban culture, and a forthcoming essay investigates writer Ana Caro and the representation of women in literary academies. She is currently working on her book project that examines the structure and content of the medieval exempla and early modern novella collections as a means to access social, cultural, and political transformations that Spain underwent in these key periods of national definition and imperial decline.

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