Graduate Students

Medieval studies is essentially an interdisciplinary field. Within the vast temporal and geographic scope encompassed by “the Middle Ages,” medieval scholars specialize in a particular culture. Their comprehensive knowledge of it derives from their hybridized study of its art, history, music, literature, and languages.

For a young professional, a Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies would imply to prospective employers that he or she has received the interdisciplinary training distinctive to and expected of medieval scholars. Additionally, the Graduate Certificate will foster an interdisciplinary community of medieval scholars among UM’s undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.

The Medieval Studies minor and certificate includes 19 affiliated faculty from 8 departments (Art History, Classics, the Croft Institute, English, History, Modern Languages, Music, and Religion). Seven of these faculty have been hired in the last 5 years. As a student completes the coursework toward the Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies, he or she would have the opportunity to become familiar with the scholarship and interests of faculty outside his or her home department. This experience would prove valuable to the student when forming his or her doctoral committee, which often includes a faculty member from another department.

In looking ahead to the future of Medieval Studies at UM, it is worth mentioning how well our faculty cooperated when UM hosted the annual meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) in 2006. This event not only galvanized UM’s medieval community but also earned us local acclaim. Indeed, other institutions have expressed their hope that we will host this conference again in 2017. In the happy event that we do, the University of Mississippi’s medieval community will have grown to include both an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate.

Certificate requirements may be found here.


Current Graduate Students

Brian Cook is a PhD candidate in the Department of English. He is writing a dissertation on the influence of Latin schoolroom exercises on early medieval English literature under the direction of Lindy Brady. Brian has an article on the manuscript runes in Beowulf forthcoming in Fall 2017.

In addition to working on his dissertation, Brian is currently working on the digital recovery of previously unedited text from two damaged folios at the end of NLW MS Peniarth 20. An edition of the text is in progress.

Research interests: the languages and literatures of the multi-cultural medieval British Isles; multi-spectral imaging; textual science; and conceptions of the mind, memory, and the past in the early Middle Ages.

Awards include: the Rota Fortunae Prize for Best Medieval Essay (2015, Graduate Division), a Summer Research Assistantship from the UM Graduate School, the Harold J. Kendis Fellowship (2013-, and a spot on an NEH Summer Seminar in the UK in 2015.

Teaching duties: Teaching Assistant for ENGL 221 and ENGL 225, in addition to teaching his own sections of ENGL 221 and ENGL 375 during summer semesters.