Schallek Award Recipients

The Richard III Society-American Branch, in collaboration with the Medieval Academy of America, offers a full-year fellowship and five graduate student awards in memory of William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek. The fellowship and awards are supported by a generous gift to the Richard III Society from William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek.

Schallek Fellowships provide a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500).

Schallek Awards provide $2,000 to help defray research expenses for graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). 


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2024 Morgan McMinn, West Virginia University
“Community: A Study of the Interpersonal Relationships of Monks and Nuns in the Late Medieval Diocese of Lincoln”

2023 Amy Juarez, Univ. of California Riverside
“The Poetics of Embodied Architecture in Medieval and Early Modern Europe”

2022 Alexandra Atiya, Univ. of Toronto
“Economic and Spiritual Conflict in Medieval East Anglian Drama”

2021 Alicia Cannizzo, City Univ. of New York
“Matter En Transir: The Transi Tomb and Theories of Matter in the Late Middle Ages.”

2020 Julia Mattison, University of Toronto
“C’est livre est a moy: French Books and English Readers in Fifteenth-Century England” 

2019 Maj-Britt Frenze, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame
“Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Romance: Translation and Transmission in England and Scandinavia.”

2018 Lindsey McNellis, West Virginia University
“Vi et Armis: Violence and Injury before the Common Pleas.”

2017 Dustin Neighly, Rutgers University
“Nor from the Clamor of the Poor: The Common Law’s Influence on Villein Decision-Making Processes”

2016 Esther Liberman Cuenca, Fordham University
“The Making of Borough Customary Law in Medieval Britain”

2015 Samuel Rostad, Univ. of Notre Dame
“Benedictine Popular Preaching in Late Medieval England c. 1350-1500”

2014 William Rhodes, Univ. of Virginia
“The Ecology of Reform: Land and Labor from Piers Plowman to Edmund Spenser.”

2013 Deirdre Carter, Florida State Univ.
“Art, History and the Creation of Monastic Identity in Late Medieval St. Albans Abbey.”

2012 Kristi Bain, Northwestern University
“From Community Conflict to Collective Memory: Lived Religion and the Late Medieval Parish Church”

2011 Marisa Libbon, University of California – Berkeley
“Cultural Nostalgia and the Production of Collective Identity in Medieval England”

2010 Elizabeth Anne Keohane-Burbridge, Fordham University
“A Re-Interpretation of the Power and Function of Late Medieval English Convocation”

2009 Kathryn Vreeman, University of Notre Dame
“Sende pis Booke Ageyne Hoome to Shirley: John Shirley and the Dissemination and Circulation of Manuscripts in Fifteenth-Century England”

2008 Mary Raschko, University of North Carolina
“Rendering the Word: Vernacular Accounts of the Parables in Late Medieval England”

2007 James Bennett, The Ohio State University
“St. Albans, Bury St. Edmunds, and the Evolution of the Later Medieval English Polity”

2006 Katharine K. Olson, Harvard University
“‘Fire from Heaven’: Understanding Popular Religion and Social Transformation in Wales ca. 1400-1600 in Comparative British Context”

2005 Janelle A. Werner, University of North Carolina
“‘As long as their sin is privy’: Clerics and Concubines in Late Medieval England”



Jordan K. Skinner, Princeton University
“Medieval Curfew: Poetic Space and the Governance of Time”

Hannah Keller, Ohio State University
English 15th century marriages

Isabelle Ostertag, University of Virginia
“Porta Caeli: Lay Piety and Marian Devotion in the Parochial Lady Chapels of East Anglia”

Tess Lavalley, Exeter University
Saints’ charms in Late Medieval England

Regina Noto, Brown University
Architectural, decorative, and liturgical functions of reredroses in English churches


Bethany Donovan, University of Michigan
“Bywhich roguery and falsehood the people are deceived: False Work, Fraud, and Material Culture in Late Medieval London, 1275-1527″

Sarah Jane Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Study of medieval gynecological texts

Margaret McCurry, New York University
Voces Mysticae: SonorousSignification and Miraculous Translation in Medieval Mystical Texts”

Kristen M. Vitale, University of Connecticut
Kristen’s proposed dissertation conducts the first analytical study of spectacle’s function as performative politics in the early Tudor state (14851533). 


Ariana Ellis, University of Toronto
“Curtain Call: The Performative Sensory-Scape of Public Executionin England and Italy between 1400-1600”

Brandon Fathy, University of Leicester
“Performing Ports: a Comparative Analysis of Early Medieval Ipswich and London”

Tobias Hrynick, Fordham University
“‘According to the Law of the Marsh’: Medieval Wetland Drainage, Environmental Crisis, and the Invention of the Customs of Romney Marsh”

Jordan Michelle Schoonover, The Ohio State University
“‘The Man is the Head, But the Woman is the Neck, and She Can Turn the Head Any Way She Wants’: Hospitality, Gender, and Power for Elite Women in Late Medieval England”

Caitlin Branum Thrash, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
“Books of Feminine Devotion: Feminine Influences on Meditative Lives of Christ and their Readers in Late-Medieval England”


Louisa Foroughi, Fordham University
“What Makes a Yeoman? Status, Religion, and Material Culture in Later Medieval England”

Emmamarie Haasl, University of Michigan
“‘Belonging to London Bridge’: Religion and Commerce in the London Bridge House, c.1209-1592”

Katherine Anne Leach, Harvard University
“Medieval Welsh Healing Charms”

Joanna E. Murdoch, Duke University
“Verse Into Poetry: Middle English Religious ‘Lyric’ and the Poetics of Manuscript Witness”

Chelsea Rae Silva, Univ. of California, Riverside
“Bedwritten: Middle English Medicine and the Ailing Author”


Michelle Brooks, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“Poeticizing the Universe: Scientific Discourse and Literary Absence in Chaucer’s ‘A Treatise on the Astrolabe'”

Gina Marie Hurley, Yale University
“Schryue yow openlye: Confession and Community in Middle English Literature”

Michaela Jacques, Harvard University
“The Reception and Transmission of the Medieval Welsh Bardic Grammars, 1330-1578”

Anna Kelner, Harvard University
“Remedies against Temptations: Vision, Ethics and Gender in Later Medieval England”

Charlotte Clare Whatley, University of Wisconsin, Madison
“No Time Runs Against the King: The Function of Fictions in the Late-Medieval English Common Law”

Hannah Wood, University of Toronto
“Intersections of Voluntary and Involuntary Poverty in Late Medieval England”


Alison Felix Harper, University of Rochester
“Comparative Religious Reading Practices in Two Late Medieval London Miscellanies”

Heather Para, University of Wales Trinity St. David
“The dispersal and use of Welsh monastic lands after Dissolution and its effects on the Welsh gentry”

Melissa Reynolds, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
“‘Gentyll reader, ye shall understand’: Practical books and the making of an English reading public, 1400–1560”

Spencer Strub, University of California, Berkeley
“Disciplining the Tongue: Speech and Emotion in Later Middle English Poetry”

Sarah Wilma Watson, University of Pennsylvania
“Women, Reading, and Literary Culture: The Reception of Christine de Pizan in Fifteenth-Century England”


Helen Cushman, Harvard Univ.
“Producing Knowledge in the Middle English Cycle Plays”

Amanda Ewoldt, Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette
“Conversion and Crusade: The Image of the Saracen in Thirteenth and Fourteenth Century English Romance”

Danielle Nicole Griego, Univ. of Missouri – Columbia
“Child Death, Grief and the Community in High and Late Medieval England”

Zachary Stone, Univ. of Virginia
“Cities of God: Devotional Polity and Metropolitan Literature in Later Medieval London”

Amanda Joan Wetmore, Univ. of Toronto
“Exegetical Erotics in Medieval English Devotional Literature”


Taylor Joseph Aucoin, University of Bristol
“Shrovetide: Festival in Medieval and Early Modern Britain”

Gavin Fort, Northwestern University
“The Vicarious Middle Ages: Proxy Pilgrimage in Late-Medieval England, 1250-1550”

Jon-Mark Grussenmeyer, University of Kent
“Cardinal Kemp: The Last Lancastrian Statesman”

Lori Jones, University of Ottawa
“Changing Perceptions of the Origin (Geographical and Historical) of the Plague”

Sarah Elizabeth Wilson, Northwestern University
“Regenerative Mourning: Sorrow’s Social Uses in Late Medieval England”


Amy Eberlin, Univ. of St. Andrews
“Trade and Diplomacy between Scotland and Flanders, 1320-1513”

Rebecca Favorito, The Ohio State Univ.
“The Role of Ritual in Creating Political Culture: The Coronation and the Body Politic in Lancastrian England”

Joanna MacGugan, Univ. of Connecticut
“Competing Authorities and Contested Spaces: Dying in Dublin in the Reign of Edward I”

Michelle Seiler, Univ. of Iowa
“The Formation of Legal Identities: Townspeople and the Law in Three Eastern English Royal Buroughs, 1341-ca. 1450”

Carla Maria Thomas, New York Univ.
“The Landscapes of Control in Early Medieval English Literature”


Esther Liberman Cuenca, Fordham University
“The Making of Borough Customary Law in Medieval Britain”

Karrie Fuller, University of Notre Dame
“Reading Beyond the Borders: Visions of Christendom and the Shared Reception of Piers Plowman and The Book of Sir John Mandeville”

Cynthia Anne Rogers, Indiana University
“‘Make thereof a game’: The Lyrics of the Findern Manuscript and their Late Medieval Textual Community”

Kristin Uscinski, Fordham University
“Recipes for Women’s Healthcare in Medieval England”

Hannah Zdansky, University of Notre Dame
“Romance Reconsidered: The Religious Significance of a Secular Genre in Late Medieval Britain”


Paul Broyles, University of Virginia
“Remapping Insularity: Geographic Imagination in Medieval English Narratives of the Insular Past”

Anna Larsen, University of Notre Dame
“Visualizing the Divine: Text, Image, and Reader in Thirteenth-Century England”

Sophia Rochmes, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Shades of Gray: Dimensions of Medium and Materiality in Grisaille Manuscripts”

Samantha Segui, Fordham University
“Law, Order, and the Development of Urban Policing in Later Medieval England”

Elizaveta Strakhov, University of Pennsylvania
“Cultural Channels: Machaut, Chaucer, Froissart, and the Case of Pennsylvania MS French 15”


Nicole Burt, Univ. of Alberta
“Reconstruction of Diet and Growth in Juveniles for Medieval York using a New Method of Dentine Stable Isotope Analysis”

Betsy Chunko, Univ. of Virginia
“The Worcester School of English Woodcarving and the Peasant Subject, ca. 1340 -1500”

Kristen Geaman, Univ. of Southern California
“Power in the Uterus: Negotiating Royal Infertility in England, 1328 – 1471”

Carissa Harris, Northwestern Univ.
“Pear-Trees, Podynges, and Pintels: The Poetics of Obscenity in Late Medieval British Manuscripts”

Sarah Kernan, Ohio State Univ.
“A study of the authorship and production of cookery texts in England and France, 1300 – 1600”


Daniel Franke, Univ. of Rochester
“East Anglia at War: The Conduct and Impacts of the Hundred Years’ War in the Reign of Edward III (1327-1377)”

John Garrison, Univ. of California, Davis
“Enriching Friendship: Commerce, Competition, and Companionship in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature”

Jacquelyn Murdock, Northwestern Univ.
“Late Medieval Scottish Literature and the Middle-Scots Language”

Sarah Raskin, Columbia Univ.
“False Oaths: The Silent Alliance between the Church and Heretics in England, 1382-1558”

Sara Torres, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
“Marvelous Generations: Genealogical Narratives and Romance in Late Medieval England, Portugal and Castile”


Andrew Albin, Brandeis Univ.
[untitled study of the Latin and Middle english works of Richard Rolle]

Charlotte Gray, Harvard Univ.
“‘Unus reby et alter viridis’: Liturgy and Architecture in Late Medieval Canterbury”

Morgan Kay, Fordham Univ.
“The Manuscript Context of Medieval Welsh Prophecies”

Jenny Lee, Northwestern Univ.
“Confession Auctoris: Authorial Confession and Art Poetica in Middle English Dream Visions”

Thomas Meacham, City Univ. of New York
“Thomas Chaundler and the Performance of Patronage, Death, and Epistolary Practices in Late Medieval England


Sonja Drimmer, Columbia University
“The Visual Language of Vernacular Manuscript Illumination: John Gower’s Confessio Amantis”

Donna E. Hobbs, University of Texas at Austin
“Telling Tales out of School: Schoolboooks, Audiences, and the Production of Venacular Literature in the Late Middle Ages”

Mollie M. Madden, University of Minnesota
“The Black Prince at War: Late Medieval Military Logistics”

Rosemary O’Neill, University of Pennsylvania
“Accounting for Salvation in Middle English Literature”

Matthew Sergi, University of California-Berkeley
“Recreation and Festival in Chester’s Pageants, 1400-1577”


Cynthia T. Camp, Cornell University
“Embodying the Anglo-Saxons: Incorrupt Saints and Late Medieval Constructions of National Communities”

Alison T. Walker, University of California-Los Angeles
“Henry V and Religious Orthodoxy”

Lora Walsh, Northwestern Univ.
“Conflict and Community in the Personified Ecclesia: The Gender of the English Church 1350-1600”


Jessica Barr, Brown University
“Revelation and Knowledge in Visionary and Dream Vision Literature of the Later Middle Ages”

James T. Bennett, Ohio State University
“Urban Politics and Political Ideology on the Abbatial Estates of Bury St. Edmunds and St. Albans in the Later Middle Ages”

Elizabeth Harper, University of North Carolina
“Gift-Giving, Economics, and Monetary Language in Late Medieval English Vernacular Writings”

Michael Johnston, Ohio State University
“The Social Practice of Middle English Romance: Three Late Medieval Collectors”

Elizabeth A. Williamsen, Indiana University
“Christian Representations of Islam and the Quest for Collective Identity in the Middle English Charlemagne Romances”




Andreea D. Boboc, University of Michigan
“English Trial Literature of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries”

Joshua R. Eyler, University of Connecticut
“Conditioning the Soul: Spiritual Athleticism in Medieval English Theology and Literature”

Mary Flannery, University of Cambridge
“The Relationship between John Lydgate’s Fall of Princes, Lydgate’s Source, and the Fall’s Descendants”

Alla Gaydukova, Rutgers University
“Women and Property in Norfolk in the Reign of Edward III”

Jill C. Stevenson, City University of New York Graduate Center
“Performance and Visual Piety in Medieval York”


Rebecca A. Davis, University of Notre Dame
“Piers Plowman and the Book of Nature”

Mary Hayes, University of Iowa
“Still small voice: Silence in Medieval English Devotion and Literature”

Paul J. Patterson, University of Notre Dame
“A Mirror to Devout People: A Critical Edition with Commentary”

Frederick J. Poling, Catholic University of America
“Villagers in Court: The Hierarchies of Rural Life in Later Medieval England”

Kathryn Kelsey Staples, University of Minnesota
“Daughters of London: Inheritance Practice in Late Medieval London”


Lisa H. Cooper, Columbia University
“‘Unto oure craft apertenying:’”
(grant renewal)

John Thomas Sebastian, Cornell University Lay religious practices in 15th century East Anglia as evidenced through early English drama and vernacular mystical and visionary writings

Tara N. Williams, Rutgers University “Womanhood in the Chaucerian Tradition.”


Beth Allison Barr, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Gendered Lessons: Priests, Parishioners and Pastoral Care in Fifteenth-Century England”

Lisa H. Cooper, Columbia University
“‘Unto our craft apertenying’: Representing the Artisan in Late Medieval England”

Julie Noecker, Oxford University
A study of the concept of brotherhood or ‘fellowship’ as it is articulated in the war/peace and public/private debates in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur


Stuart J. Borsch, Columbia University
Comparative economic history of England and Egypt in the 15th century, comparing the impact of the Black Death on the two countries

Daniel Thiery, University of Toronto
The evolution, elimination, and creation of channels for honor and violence in religious ritual in the Norwich diocese, 1440-1553

Mary K. K. Hague Yearl, Yale University
research into periodic bloodletting in the medieval monasteries


Robert Barrett, Jr., University of Pennsylvania
Textual production and the revisions of local cultural traditions in Cheshire from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries

Leigh Ann Craig, Ohio State University
Female pilgrimage and the Church’s attitude toward female pilgrims in the context of the cult of Henry VI

Jenny B. Diamond, Columbia University
The use of parish wall iconography in a system of behavioral modification.


Kristin Burkholder, University of Minnesota
Sumptuary laws and material culture


Theron Westervelt, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Edward IV’s governance of England, with special reference to William, Lord Hastings, 1471-83.


Anna Dronzek, University of Minnesota
“Manners, Models, and Morals: Conduct Books for Women in Late Medieval England”

John Dwyer, University of Colorado
“Local Control in the Age of Reformation: Hereford, 1475-1620”

Matthew B. Goldie, City University of New York
“Fifteenth-Century Language and Language Play”


Susan M. Burns Steuer, University of Minnesota
Late Medieval Yorkshire vowesses

Amy Elizabeth Fahey, Washington University
Heralds in Late Medieval English literature

R. M. Jennens, Northwestern University
Lawyers in Yorkist-era royal government

Sharon D. Michalove, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Education of the aristocracy in Late Medieval England


Leigh Allison Dingwall, University of Glasgow
Cicely Neville

Sarah A. Kelen
15th- century historiography

Helen A. Maurer, Univ. of California, Irvine
Margaret of Anjou

Kristine Lynn Rabberman, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Marriage and divorce patterns in 15th-century Herefordshire


James H. Landman, University of Minnesota
Late Medieval concepts of law and equity as reflected in 15th-century literature

Claire M. Valente, Harvard
The changing nature of rebellion in England, 1258-1485.


Ann Bliss, Univ. of North Carolina
Ceremony in Malory’s Morte Darthur


Helen Maurer, Univ. of California, Irvine
Research on the skeletal remains alleged to be those of Edward V and his brother


Katherine Kamerick, University of Iowa
Holy images in late Medieval England

Beverly Dougherty, Fordham
Statutes of the Yorkist period and their effect on the development of the state


Gary G. Gibbs, University of Virginia
London parish finances 1450-1620.


Shirley Grubb, University of Colorado
Rhetorical and dramatic characterizations in Shakespeare’s Richard III

Thomas S. Freeman, Rutgers Univ.
Polydore Vergil’s Anglica Historia


Robin L. Dorfman, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
(grant renewal)


Shelley A. Sinclair, University of New Mexico
The Vere Earls of Oxford

Steven Halasey
Wycliffe Bible’s effects on lay religiosity

Robin Dorfman, Harvard
Cultural trends in the City of York


Katherine J. Workman, Indiana University
Estate administration in 15th-century Norfolk.


Pamela Garrett, Univ. of California/Berkeley
(grant renewal)

Dennis J. O’Brien, Ohio State University
15th-century prose development

John T. Rainey, Rutgers
(grant renewal)


John J. Butt, Rutgers (grant renewal)

Lucy Moye, Duke (grant renewal)


Pamela Garrett, Univ. of California/Berkeley
Yorkist resistance to early Tudor regime

Lorraine C. Attreed, Harvard (grant renewal)

John Rainey, Jr. (grant renewal)

John J. Butt, Rutgers
On brewers in London, Norwich, and Coventry

Lucy Moye, Duke Univ.
Finances of the Mowbray family 1401-1476.


Lorraine C. Attreed, Harvard
15th-century York

John Rainey, Jr., Rutgers
The Calais garrison in the Yorkist era