The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program seeks to promote the past as vibrant intellectual subject of study. It is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary work within departments; to building connections between departments; and to bringing MU in contact with nationally recognized medieval and Renaissance scholars.

We are a growing and dynamic group of students and faculty who share an interest in these two fascinating periods. On this website you will find links to resources in eleven separate departments, as well as events and programs that bring these departments together, from interdisciplinary minors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to professional meetings, campus events, social gatherings, and links to resources outside the university. Explore Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Missouri.

We have active reading groups in both Medieval and Renaissance studies, which connect faculty and graduate students from a range of departments across campus.

For information about the medieval reading group, please contact
Eric Scott:

For information about the renaissance reading group, please contact
Bill Kerwin:

Join the Medieval and Renaissance Studies @ Mizzou MARS-L Email List for information on our activities and opportunities (click here for instructions on how to join).

Contact Us

Prof. Megan Moore

c/o Department of Romance Languages
138 Arts & Sciences, University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211


MARS welcome potluck

Mon, Sept 9, 2019 - 5:30-7:30pm at Prof. Moore’s house. A chance to visit with MARS faculty and students as we welcome in the new academic year. For more information, please contact Dr. Moore at

SAVE THE DATE! 2019 Biannual MARS seminar on Race in Premodern Studies - April 13th, 2019

Our very own biannual works-in-progress seminar will take place on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 and will focus on work engaging in conversations on race in the premodern. As always, we have three panelists whose pre-circulated works-in-progress will be the focus of our day-long discussion. Cord Whitaker (English, Wellesly), Lynn Ramey (French, Vanderbilt) and Cecile Fromont (U Chicago, Art History) have agreed to join us, and we hope to plan more events around the intersections of the premodern and race.

Dr. Kramer Wins 2016 SEMA Best First Book Award

Johanna Kramer’s monograph Between Earth and Heaven: Liminality and the Ascension of Christ in Anglo-Saxon Literature has won the 2016 Award for Best First Book in a field of medieval scholarship by the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA). First published by Manchester University Press in 2014, the book will appear in paperback in March 2017.

Caxton Chaucer Page (Re)Discovered!

MU’s Special Collections has made an exciting discovery: a leaf from William Caxton’s first edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales! For more on this news, read here:
In a recent post about our 1687 edition of Chaucer we mentioned that we had some exciting news to share about a discovery that we made in our collections. And this is it – a leaf from William Caxton’s...

Dr. Stanton Receives Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship

Dr. Anne Rudolf Stanton (Art History and Archaeology) has received the Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship for work in summer 2016 on her book Turning the Pages: the Power of Narrative in English Gothic Prayerbooks. The prayerbooks in the cluster that she is investigating lie within the cultural orbit and patronage of Isabella of France, who was the daughter of Philip IV of France, the queen and widow of Edward II of England, and the mother of Edward III. Sources documenting her life include an inventory of the moveable properties she held at her death in 1358, which survives at the National Archives in London. During the fellowship period Professor Stanton will complete her examination of the inventory document and present a paper on her findings at the Harlaxton Symposium on “The Great Household” in medieval England. The Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship is intended to provide financial assistance to women medievalists throughout the nation who are close to completing a significant work of research that will fulfill a professional promotion requirement

Graduate Student of History Earns Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant

Alexis Miller (History), was awarded the Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant by the Medieval Academy of America. Her dissertation is titled: “Fording the Severn: The Influence of Intermarriage and Kin Networks on the  Development of Identity in Shropshire and Montgomery, From the Norman Conquest to the Edwardian Conquest”

Graduate Student of History Receives Schalleck Award

Danielle Nicole Griego (History) was awarded a Schalleck Award to fund research for her dissertation, “Child Death, Grief and the Community in High and Late Medieval England” Schalleck awards are offered by the Medieval Academy, in collaboration with the Richard III Society-American Branch, in memory of William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek, funded by a generous gift to the Richard III Society from the Schallek family. The Schallek Awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500).


2019 Biannual MARS seminar on Race in Premodern Studies - April 13th, 2019

Mizzou MARS is pleased to announce our bi-annual works-in-progress seminar on “Race in the Premodern” on Saturday, April 13th from 11am-5pm in 215 Tate Hall. This year, we welcome Lynn Ramey, Cecile Fromont, and Cord Whitaker to discuss their work on race in premodern studies. The seminar is free and open to the public, and pre-registration is required by emailing Prof. Megan Moore at

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2018 Annual MARS lecture by Prof. Peggy McCracken (University of Michigan) October 2, 2018 in Switzler 001

Prof. McCracken, Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities; Director, Institute for the Humanities; Professor of French, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature, whose experience ranges from scholarship in medieval studies to working as Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives, will give a lecture followed by a reception and faculty dinner, meet with graduate students in medieval studies and, separately, with faculty and students in Women’s and Gender Studies to discuss career issues.

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Annual MARS lecture & scholarly residency — Cynthia Turner Camp (U Georgia) — March 4-10, 2018

The lecture will be Friday, March 9, at 4 p.m. in 110 Tate Hall. Title: "Praying Women's History in Medieval Nunneries: The Case of Barking Abbey." Followed by reception. There will also be a Medieval Reading Group meeting on one of Cynthia’s pieces, and she will give a Manuscript Workshop at Special Collections. For details on these events and more, see the email from Johanna Kramer (

The OE English Reading Group will be meeting on Fridays 2:15-3:15 in 112 Tate Hall

MARS-sponsored lecture by Ryan Perry (SLU) — April 19th

NCS postdoctoral scholar in residence at SLU, Ryan Perry will come to Mizzou on April 19th to give a talk entitled, “Chaucer, Quitter” at 4pm in Tate 102. He received his PhD from Berkeley in 2016, with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. His dissertation was titled “Chaucer’s French Tradition: Coterie Poetics in Late-Medieval England." He has received a number of awards and grants, including a Medieval Academy of America GSC Grant for Innovation in Community Building and Professionalization, and a 2016 Digital Humanities at Berkeley Course Design Grant of $60,938 for “The Digital Middle Ages” (with Maura Nolan). He presented at the NCS Congress in London last July. Dr. Perry will be available to meet with graduate students while here.