Students pursuing the Master of Arts in medieval studies at Western Michigan University come to the Medieval Institute from variety of educational backgrounds and from throughout the United States.

Currently enrolled students

Image of a graduate student studying in the Rawlinson Center.

A student studying in the Rawlinson Center

Image of Medieval Institute students and others gathered for a field trip.

Medieval Institute students and friends gathered for a field trip to the Newberry Library in Chicago

Matthew T. Burley

B.A., International relations and French with minor in medieval studies, State University of New York at Geneseo
Interests: female monasticism, medieval gender and sexuality, manuscript studies, digital humanities and their applications in medieval studies

Alisa Heskin

B.A., Chemistry with minors in biology, English, and film studies, Concordia College
Interests: Scandinavian-Celtic comparative mythology; Old Norse and Old English language and literature

Sarah Jaran

B.A., Comparative literature and French with minors in medieval studies and philosophy, Lycoming College
Interests: Comparative translation between Old French, Old English, and Latin; manuscript studies

Jennifer Kean

B.A., History with a minor in theology and religious studies, Rockhurst University
Interests: Medieval frontier zones; encounters between nomadic and settled societies; Central Asian mythologies; childhood and family law

Hugh Milner

B.A., Environmental studies and Greek language and literature, Oberlin College
Interests: Medieval Scandinavian agriculture, religious conversion and changing land tenure

Josh Parks

B.A., English literature and violin performance, Calvin College
Interests: Old and Middle English language and literature, medieval adaptation and translation, early music

Christine Pruden

B.A., English, George Washington University; Licence, Sciences du langage (Linguistics), Paris VII; M.A., Spanish, Western Michigan University
Interests: Medieval Spanish literature and history

Mary Catherine Russell

B.A., English and political science, Benedictine College
Interests: Anglo-Saxon and Old Icelandic language and literature; early Anglo-Saxon Christianity; depictions of Christ

Kaitlin Senko

B.A., History with minors in English and classical studies, Colorado Mesa University
Interests: Depictions of identity in medieval literature, focusing on gender and spirituality; medieval interpretation of Roman heritage; manuscript studies

Hannah Smith

B.A., History and classics with minor in Nordic studies, University of Colorado
Interests: Medieval Viking culture including mythology, art and literature; history in modern pop culture as a teaching tool

Jacob Stephan

B.A, History with minors in French and classical studies, Western Michigan University
Interests: Medieval French intellectual and social history, notions of gender in medieval French society and literature

Katy Wilmotte

B.A., English literature, Texas A&M University
Interests: Ethnic Identities in late antiquity; early Anglo-Saxon history

Goliardic Society

Image of the emblem of the Goliardic Society.The Goliardic Society is a social organization of the graduate students of the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University. The mission of the society is to facilitate camaraderie among students, faculty and friends while enhancing the academic environment and multiple opportunities of the Medieval Institute through various donations, volunteer work and scholarly activities.

If you are applying to the M.A. program and would like to be in touch with currently enrolled students, please contact us.