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UCLA faculty who are currently members of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies are listed below by department with a summary of their academic interests and specialties. Faculty belonging to interdepartmental programs are cross-listed.

UCLA faculty specializing in any aspect of Medieval and/or Renaissance Studies may request to be added to the Center's faculty roster. Such requests are directed to the Center Director and approved by the Center's Faculty Advisory Committee.

 

Architecture and Urban Design

Diane Favro: Architecture and topography of early medieval Rome; eleventh-century Armenian architecture; architecture and urbanism in fifteenth-century Italy; virtual reality modeling projects.

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Art History

Irene A. Bierman-McKinney (Emeritus): Islamic architecture and art.

Charlene Villaseñor Black: Spanish and Mexican visual cultures, sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

Meredith Cohen: Art, architecture, and urban development of high medieval Europe.

Sharon E. J. Gerstel: Byzantine art and archaeology; late medieval peasantry; art and archaeology of the Crusades; ethnography of the Early Modern Balkans.

Cecelia Klein (Emeritus): Aztec art before, during, and after the Spanish Conquest of 1521.

David Kunzle (Emeritus): Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century art in the Netherlands, England, and Germany; art and Reformation; now finishing a book called Chesuchristo, the fusion in word and image of jesus Christ and Che Guevara.

Stella Nair: Andean art, architecture, and urbanism; cross cultural exchange in the Americas, construction technology, material culture studies, spatial theory.

Carlo Pedretti (Emeritus): Leonardo da Vinci and his context.

Joanna Woods-Marsden (Emeritus): Portraiture in Renaissance Italy; gender studies; Titian; Renaissance courts.

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Asian Languages and Cultures

William M. Bodiford: Japanese religious life and culture; East Asian Buddhism.

Robert E. Buswell: Buddhism in medieval East Asia; Buddhist mysticism; monastic culture.

Jack W. Chen: Medieval Chinese literature, with a particular interest in lyric poetry, anecdotes, and gossip.

John B. Duncan: Medieval Korean institutional and intellectual history through the eighteenth century.

Torquil Duthie: Early Japanese poetry, mythology, and historical writing.

Natasha Heller: Religion in China, 9th-16th century; monasticism; legal culture.

Stephanie W. Jamison: Vedic Sanskrit; Indo-European linguistics.

Peter H. Lee (Emeritus): Classical and medieval Korean literature; comparative East Asian literature.

Gregory Schopen: Buddhist studies and Indology; social and religious history of south Asia.

Jonathan Silk (Emeritus): Indian Buddhism and its transmission to Central and East Asia (Tibet and China), 5th century BCE to 10th century CE; scriptural literatures of early and Mahayana Buddhism, and the textual traditions of these literatures; Chinese reception of Buddhism.

Richard E. Strassberg: Classical Chinese literature and culture.

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Classics

David Blank: Ancient philosophy; ancient medicine and rhetoric; transmission of classical texts.

Sander M. Goldberg (Emeritus): Drama, rhetoric, and oratory.

Philip Levine (Emeritus): Paleography; late Latin literature.

Kathryn A. Morgan: Greek intellectual history and philosophy and its reception in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Jaan Puhvel (Emeritus): Comparative philology; comparative mythology.

Giulia Sissa: Culture and thought in ancient societies; the classical tradition in medieval and Renaissance political theory; also Political Science.

Brent Vine: Classical and Indo-European linguistics; Vulgar Latin; history of English.

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Comparative Literature

Massimo Ciavolella (CMRS Director): Boccaccio; Renaissance literature; Renaissance theories of love; also Italian.

Katherine C. King: Epic; tragedy; the Classical tradition; women's studies.

Efraín Kristal: Spanish-American colonial literature; the Spanish historical epic; also Spanish and Portuguese.

Kirstie McClure: History and historiography of political thought; politics and literature; feminist theory; also Political Science.

Zrinka Stahuljak: Medieval romance, historiography, and poetry; history of sexuality; Middle Ages and the nineteenth century; medieval translation theory; translation studies; also French & Francophone Studies.

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English

Michael J. B. Allen: Renaissance Platonism; Chaucer, Shakespeare; Spenser; also Italian and Philosophy.

A. R. Braunmuller: Tudor and Stuart English drama; European drama and art; history of the book.

King-Kok Cheung: Milton; Shakespeare; Marlowe.

Christine Chism: Old and Middle English literature, drama, and culture; theories of history, society, and cultural encounter; medieval Islam and Arabic; gender and sexuality

Edward I. Condren (Emeritus): Old and Middle English poetry; Chaucer; The Pearl poet; numerical design in medieval literature; intellectual property.

Matthew Fisher: Historiography, hagiography, paleography, codicology; Old and Middle English literature; Anglo-Norman literature; digital humanities

R. A. Foakes (Emeritus): Shakespeare and Renaissance drama.

Barbara Fuchs: Early Modern English and Spanish literature, Mediterranean and
transatlantic studies, literature and empire, transnationalism and
literary history, race and religion in the early modern world; also Spanish & Portuguese.

Lowell Gallagher: Early modern cultural studies of England and France; Semiotics; Narratology; Spenser.

Eric Jager: Old English, Middle English, Latin, French, Italian; Augustine and patristics; the history of the book; law and ritual; literary theory.

Henry Ansgar Kelly, Distinguished Research Professor: England, Italy, France, Spain; literature, canon law, common law, liturgy, theology, history of ideas (biblical, classical, medieval, early modern).

Gordon Kipling: Medieval and Tudor drama; theatrical spectacle; Shakespeare; Chaucer; Netherlandic-British cultural relations.

V. A. Kolve (Emeritus): Medieval drama; Chaucer; literature and visual arts; medieval anti-Semitism.

Richard A. Lanham (Emeritus): Medieval, Renaissance, and modern digital rhetoric.

Arthur Little: Nationalism and imperialism in early modern English culture; Shakespeare; race, gender, and sexuality in early modern culture.

Claire McEachern: Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature; historiography; national identity; history of gender; political theory; religion; editing of Shakespeare.

Donka Minkova: History of English; English historical phonology; metrics; syntax.

Joseph Falaky Nagy: Medieval Celtic literatures; Celtic folklore; comparative folklore and mythology.

Jonathan F. S. Post: Seventeenth-century poetry; Milton; Shakespeare.

Florence H. Ridley (Emerita): Chaucer; fourteenth-century English poetry; Middle English dialects; medieval Scots poetry.

David S. Rodes (Director Emeritus, UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts): Renaissance and Restoration theater and graphic arts; Shakespeare; Dryden; Wycherly; Molière.

Karen E. Rowe: Colonial American literature to 1800; Renaissance and seventeenth-century literature; women's literature.

Paul R. Sellin (Emeritus): Neo-Latin criticism (especially Heinsius, Vossius, Scaliger); English literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; Anglo-Dutch relations; Renaissance and Golden-Age Dutch literature, history, and art; Donne; Milton; seventeenth-century poetry; Raleigh and the Orinoco.

Debora Shuger: Tudor-Stuart religion and literature, neo-Latin, early modern intellectual history (especially religion, law, political thought).

Arvind Thomas: Middle English and Early Modern Literature, particularly texts that engage discourses in Latin such as canon law.

Robert N. Watson: Shakespeare; Renaissance drama; Metaphysical poetry.

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French and Francophone Studies

Jean-Claude Carron: Humanism; French Renaissance; poetry, literature, and philosophy; history of food.

Zrinka Stahuljak: Medieval romance, historiography, and poetry; history of sexuality; medieval Mediterranean; Middle Ages and the nineteenth century; medieval translation theory; translation studies; also Comparative Literature.

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Geography

Norman J.W. Thrower (Emeritus): Geographical discovery and exploration; history of cartography.

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Germanic Languages

Marianna D. Birnbaum (Emerita): Hungarian literature; Renaissance culture of Central Europe; Jews in Renaissance Europe.

James A. Schultz: Middle High German literature; history of sexuality; history of childhood; gender.

Christopher M. Stevens: Germanic linguistics and philology; historical linguistics; dialectology.

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History

Brian P. Copenhaver: Late medieval and early modern philosophy and science; magic, Cabala, and hermetica; also Philosophy.

Carlo Ginzburg (Emeritus): Popular culture; intellectual history; iconography.

Jessica Goldberg: Medieval Mediterranean History, especially of Italy and Egypt; Economic and Legal History; Geography; Cairo Geniza Studies.

Richard Hovannisian (Emeritus): History of Armenia and the Caucasus.

Barisa Krekic (Emeritus): Medieval southeastern Europe; Medieval Russia; Byzantium; Dalmatian and Italian urban history in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Lauro Martines (Emeritus): History and literature of Renaissance Italy and sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.

Ronald Mellor: Roman history; religion and law.

Michael G. Morony: Early Islamic history.

Anthony Pagden: The history of political and social theory with special reference to European overseas expansion and its aftermath; also Political Science.

Gabriel Piterberg: Ottoman history; historiography and historical consciousness; Orientalism and nationalism.

Richard H. Rouse (Emeritus): History of texts and libraries; manuscript production; paleography.

Teofilo F. Ruiz: Late medieval social and cultural history; the kingdom of Castile; Iberian peninsula, late medieval and early modern.

Peter Stacey: Renaissance political theory and intellectual history.

Geoffrey Symcox (Emeritus): Urban history, architecture, and planning (Renaissance and Baroque); states and institutions in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, France and Italy; Columbus and the Columbian voyages.

Kevin Terraciano: Colonial Latin American history, especially New Spain; Mesoamerican writing systems and languages; ethnohistory, philology, art history.

Scott L. Waugh: (Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost): Social and political history of medieval England.

Dora B. Weiner: Social history of the health sciences, particularly in France; medical humanities; history of the hospital and of psychiatry.

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History of Medicine

Robert G. Frank, Jr.: History of medicine and disease in England.

Ynez Violé O'Neill: History of medicine, especially anatomy, surgery, and neurology; medical images.

Dora B. Weiner: Social history of the health sciences, particularly in France; medical humanities; history of the hospital and psychiatry.

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Indo-European Studies Program

Stephanie W. Jamison: Vedic Sanskrit; Indo-European linguistics; also Asian Languages and Cultures.

Vyacheslav V. Ivanov: Old Church Slavonic and Old Russian; Old Russian literature; Old Lithuanian literature; linguistic and cultural situation in the Great Duchy of Lithuania (14th-17th cenuturies); Baltic and Slavonic folklore and mythology; Tocharian medieval texts; Sogdian and Khotanese Sana medieval texts; also Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Joseph Falaky Nagy: Medieval Celtic literatures; Celtic folklore; comparative folklore and mythology; also English.

Christopher M. Stevens: Germanic linguistics and philology; historical linguistics; dialectology; also Germanic Languages.

Brent Vine: Classical and Indo-European linguistics; Vulgar Latin; history of English; also Classics.

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Italian

Michael J. B. Allen: Ficino, Pico, and the Quattrocento; Renaissance philosophy, especially Neo-Platonism; also English and Philosophy.

Luigi Ballerini: Medieval Italian poetry; Renaissance gastronomy.

Massimo Ciavolella (CMRS Director): Boccaccio; Renaissance literature; Renaissance theories of love.

Edward F. Tuttle: Italian philology; comparative Romance historical linguistics; socio-pragmatic and structural motives of language change; medieval Italian literature.

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Law

Khaled Abou El Fadl: Medieval Muslim law.

Stephen C. Yeazell Medieval and Early Modern adjudicative procedure in Britain.

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Medicine

Ricardo Canalis (Professor of Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine)

David Hayes-Bautista (Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the School of Medicine, UCLA): Pre-Columbian health and medicine; colonial medical practice; culture and health.

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Musicology

Frank A. D'Accone (Emeritus): Italian music of the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries.

Marie Louise Göllner (Emerita): Music of the twelfth through fourteenth centuries and the late Renaissance.

Richard A. Hudson (Emeritus): Renaissance instrumental music, especially dance-related forms; tempo rubato; falling-third cadences.

Mitchell Morris: Fourteenth- to sixteenth-century music; relationship between music and liturgical development in the late medieval mass.

Elizabeth Randell Upton: Medieval and Renaissance music and musical culture; musical paleography and codicology; performance and listening; Early Music revivals; medievalism and music.

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Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Carol Bakhos: Ancient and medieval rabbinic texts; comparative scriptural interpretation.

Michael Cooperson: Classical Arabic literature, especially biography; the cultural history of Abbasid Baghdad.

S. Peter Cowe: Medieval East Christian theology and spirituality; Armenian language and literature.

Herbert A. Davidson (Emeritus): Medieval Hebrew literature; Rabbinic literature; medieval Jewish and Arabic philosophy.

Ismail K. Poonawala (Emeritus): Early intellectual and cultural history of Islam; Shi'ism, Isma'ilis/Fatimids; classical Arabic literature; contemporary Islamic thought.

Yona Sabar: Hebrew and Aramaic; Syriac; Modern Aramaic dialects; Jewish languages; folk and religious literature of Kurdistani Jews.

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Philosophy

Michael J.B. Allen: Renaissance philosophy, especially Neo-Platonism; also English and Italian.

John Carriero: Medieval Aristotelian philosophy; seventeenth-century philosophy.

Brian Copenhaver:Late medieval and early modern philosophy; magic, Cabala, and hermetica; modern Italian philosophy; also History.

Calvin Normore: Medieval philosophy.

Terence Parsons: Philosophy of language; metaphysics; history of logic.

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Political Science

Kirstie McClure: History and historiography of political thought; politics and literature; feminist theory; also Comparative Literature.

Anthony Pagden: The history of political and social theory with special reference to European overseas expansion and its aftermath; also History.

Giulia Sissa: Culture and thought in ancient societies; the classical tradition in medieval and Renaissance political theory; also Classics.

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Scandinavian

Jesse L. Byock: Viking archaeology; Old Icelandic and Old Norse history, society, and sagas; feud and volence in the Viking world.

James R. Massengale (Emeritus): Scandinavian medieval ballads; Scandinavian folk tales.

Timothy R. Tangherlini: Folklore, oral traditions, ritual; Old Norse.

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Slavic Languages and Literatures

Henning Andersen (Emeritus): Cultural contacts in the Baltic and Slavic lands; historical linguistics.

Vyacheslav V. Ivanov: Old Church Slavonic and Old Russian; Old Russian literature; Old Lithuanian literature; linguistic and cultural situation in the Great Duchy of Lithuania (fourteenth-seventeenth cenuturies); Baltic and Slavonic folklore and mythology; Tocharian medieval texts; Sogdian and Khotanese Sana medieval texts.

Emily Klenin (Emeritus): Slavic linguistics, languages, and literature.

Gail Lenhoff: Old Russian hagiography, history writing, textual production.

Dean S. Worth (Emeritus): Russian language history; medieval Russian philology.

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Sociology

Rebecca Jean Emigh: Fifteenth-century Tuscan agriculture; historical demography; sociological theory.

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Spanish and Portuguese

Verónica Cortínez: Colonial and contemporary Latin American literature; literary theory; Chilean film.

John Dagenais: Medieval Castilian and Catalan literature; Hispano-Latin; manuscript culture; Digital humanities; Romanesque architecture and pilgrimage.

Barbara Fuchs: Early Modern English and Spanish literature, Mediterranean and transatlantic studies, literature and empire, transnationalism and literary history, race and religion in the early modern world.

Claude L. Hulet (Emeritus): Brazilian literature; Portuguese maritime discoveriesin the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Efraín Kristal: Spanish-American colonial literature; the Spanish historical epic; also Comparative Literature.

Anna More: New World Spain; colonial baroque culture.

C. Brian Morris (Emeritus): Golden-Age Spanish poetry; the Picaresque novel.

Claudia Parodi: History of Spanish language (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries); Spanish dialectology; historiography of linguistics.

Enrique Rodríguez-Cepeda (Emeritus) : Cervantes/Spanish Golden Age; sixteenth- and seventeenth-century theater; popular culture and Spanish ballads.

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Theater

Michael Hackett: Early Baroque theater; Shakespeare; the English masque.

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World Arts and Cultures

Emma Lewis Thomas (Emerita): Renaissance and Baroque dance history; translation of Italian, French, German, English texts and notation; re-creation of dances; performance practice.

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