Brandy Alvarez

M.A., Yale University, B.F.A., Cornell University
Senior Lecturer of Italian 

Academic interests include Medieval studies and Dante studies. 





Stephanie Amsel Hilltop Scholars Program Faculty: Dr. Stephanie Amsel, HSP Director and Discernment and Discourse Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio
Professor of Discernment and Discourse

Stephanie Amsel has been teaching at SMU since 2009, and she has been a director, along with Marta Krogh, of the Hilltop Scholars Program since 2014. She enjoys teaching and working with the students and mentors in the program because there is always something new to learn.  Before moving to Dallas, she taught in public and private schools in New York, Italy, and Texas. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Texas at San Antonio and specializes in Italian and English medieval literature. Stephanie is the Chaucer bibliographer for the New Chaucer Society. 

Denise DuPont


Ph.D., Yale University
Professor of Spanish, Southern Methodist University

Dr. DuPont's research interests include Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Spanish prose. Her recent publications include Whole Faith: The Catholic Ideal of Emilia Pardo Bazán. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018; “Pardo Bazán as a European Intellectual: Naturalism, Spiritualism, and Idealism.” In Approaches to teaching the writings of Emilia Pardo BazánMargot Versteeg and Susan Walter, Eds. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2017.; “Emilia Pardo Bazán, Joris-Karl Huysmans, and Stories of Conversion.” Forthcoming in Modern Spanish Women as Agents of Change: Essays in Honor of Maryellen Bieder. Ed. Jennifer Smith. Bucknell UP.; and “Teresa's Experiences.” Romance Quarterly 63.1 (2016): 14-20.

Shira L. Lander


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Professor of Practice, and Director of Jewish Studies, Southern Methodist University

Dr. Shira L. Lander specializes in late antique Judaism and Christianity. Her book, Ritual Spaces and Religious Rivalries in Late Roman North Africa (Cambridge, 2017), explores why religious groups competed over and destroyed sites considered holy. Lander previously was the Anna Smith Fine Senior Lecturer of Jewish Studies at Rice University, where she taught in the departments of Religious Studies and History. Before moving to Texas, she taught at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Delaware, and Princeton University. Her areas of interest include Jewish-Christian relations, sacred space, martyrdom, religious violence, and material culture. Her current research project explores images of synagogues in medieval manuscripts.

James Kang Hoon Lee


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Associate Professor of the History of Early Christianity, and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Southern Methodist University

Dr. Lee's teaching specialties include history of Christianity, early Christian spirituality and the Bible, theology of Augustine, Christian mysticism, Eastern Christianity, ecclesiology, monasticism, early Christian views of the human person and salvation. His research interests are Augustine, Latin and Greek patristics, ecclisiology, and Biblical exegesis. He has received professional distinctions such as University Research Council Grant, Southern Methodist University; Sam Taylor Fellowship, United Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education; Wabash Center for Teaching & Learning in Theology Summer Grant and Workshop Participant; Perkins Scholarly Outreach Award; President, Korean American Catholic Theological Society; Advisory Council Member, McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame; Kaneb Center Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Notre Dame; Professional Development Grant, Graduate School, University of Notre Dame; Johanness Quasten Scholarship, Catholic University of America. Some of his publications include The Church in the Latin Fathers (forthcoming, Fortress Press); 'One in the One Shepherd': St. Augustine and Pastoral Ministry, Heythrop Journal, forthcoming; Augustine and the Mystery of the Church(Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017); The Church and the Holy Spirit: Ecclesiology and Pneumatology in Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine, Studia Patristica XCI, no. 17 (2017): 189-206; Babylon Becomes Jerusalem: The Transformation of the Two Cities in Augustine's Enarrationes in Psalmos, Augustinian Studies 47: (2016): 157-80; The Family of God: Resurrection and Eternal Life in Korean Catholicism and the Western Tradition, in Embracing our Inheritance: Jubilee Reflections on Korean American Catholics (1966-2016), eds. Simon C. Kim and Francis Kim (Eugene, OR: Wipf Stock, 2016); The Church as Mystery in the Theology of St. Augustine. Studia Patristica LXX, no. 18 (2013): 381-399.

Bianca Lopez

Ph.D., Washington University
Assistant Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Dr. Bianca Lopez is a medieval historian who specializes in fourteenth and fifteenth-century Italy, in particular the emergence of the shrine Santa Maria di Loreto and local devotion to the Virgin Mary after the Black Death. She is currently researching the persecution of ethnic minorities in late-medieval Italy. She teaches an array of classes, in particular Life in the Medieval WorldJews, Christians, and Muslims in the Middle AgesThe Black Death; and The Medieval Family.


Bruce D. Marshall


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). 

Abbey Stockstill 


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

Abbey Stockstill received her B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. Her most recent work focuses on the intersection of architecture, landscape, urbanism and identity in the medieval Mediterranean, particularly in the region of the Islamic West known as the Maghrib (comprising present-day Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia). This research has been supported by a number of international institutions including the Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH), Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections, and the École Nationale d’Architecture du Maroc. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the development of Marrakesh in the twelfth century as a dynastic capital that speaks to both its regional precedents and its local heritage.

Bonnie 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. 

Alicia R. Zuese


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

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.