Medieval & Renaissance Studies Faculty

Shelley WolbrinkDr. Shelley Wolbrink
Director, Medieval & Renaissance Studies Program
Professor of History

Professor Shelley Wolbrink teaches courses in history, including medieval Europe, Joan of Arc, the Italian Renaissance, the Reformation, and the European Witch-hunts. Her Ph.D. dissertation in History from the University of Cincinnati examined 23 Premonstratensian monasteries in northwestern Germany, c. 1120 to 1250. Publications include examinations of medieval saints, women in the Premonstratensian order, and the relationship of priest-canons and nuns in women's monasteries. She also edited the Dictionary of World Biography: The Middle Ages, 457-1453. She takes students to Rome, Italy, where relics, saints, nuns and the pope offer modern visions of the medieval past.

Cathy Blunk

Dr. Cathy Blunk
Associate Professor of French

Professor Cathy Blunk teaches classes in French language and literature. She received a Ph.D. in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her dissertation examined the poetics of the tournament in late medieval chronicles and romances. Her current research investigates fictional tournaments in Antoine de La Sale's Jehan de Saintré, composed in the fifteenth century. She is also interested in the depiction of women in these texts. She travels to France with Drury students who enroll at the Middle Ages' premier university—the Sorbonne—to learn French. Dr. Blunk shows films frequently related to medieval studies and invites faculty and students to attend.

William GarvinWilliam Garvin
University Archivist

Professor Bill Garvin teaches a class on the printed book for art history and the library. Students investigate medieval manuscripts, scriptoria, the earliest books of the incunabula period, and the early modern printing industry. As the university archivist, he is an expert on Drury's artifacts from the medieval and early modern period. One example is a book printed by Venetian Aldus Manutius (c. 1449-1519) with his signature "Dolphin and Anchor" symbol.  Professor Garvin attended Univ. of Virginia's printed book summer seminar. If you can't take the class, be sure to stop by one of the open archive days that he organizes, sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program.

Peter MeidlingerDr. Peter Meidlinger
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Professor of English

Professor Peter Meidlinger teaches classes in the English department, including Shakespeare and Ethics, Linguistics, and British literature. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa, where he completed his dissertation on the work of Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), a courtier of Queen Elizabeth I. In addition, he has presented research on Shakespeare's comedies (including one at the Globe theater) and John Donne, among others, and won a prestigious fellowship from the NEH Institute to further study Shakespeare.  His students regularly bring a lively rendition of Shakespeare to Pipkin Middle School students.

Thomas RussoDr. Thomas Russo
Professor of Art and Art History
Director, Study Abroad Programs

Professor Tom Russo teaches courses in art history, including the medieval architect, women and Islamic art and architecture. He holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University in Art History. His research focus is cathedral sculpture of medieval England, particularly Lincolnshire and Rutland, where he has been documenting sculpture and art for the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture for the British Isles. His publications include articles on the production, context and meaning of medieval sculpture. He spoke as the Bishop Grosseteste Lecturer at Lincoln Cathedral and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is Drury's only faculty member to have partied at the House of Lords!

Saundra WeddleDr. Saundra Weddle
Professor of Art History & Architecture

Professor Saundra Weddle teaches courses in art history and architecture, especially related to the Italian Renaissance. With a Ph.D. in the History of Architecture from Cornell University, her dissertation explored the architecture of the Florentine monastery, Le Murate, from approximately 1396 to 1597. She has published several articles relating to monasticism, enclosure, and religious processions. For the University of Toronto press, Professor Weddle translated and annotated The Chronicle of the Florentine Convent of Le Murate, Written by Suora Giustina Niccolini, 1598.She frequently takes students abroad, especially to Venice, Italy.