February 22, 2013

Jeanette Grider

Thomas Madden, Ph.D., Named Fellow of Medieval Academy of America

 Thomas Madden, Ph.D., Director of Saint Louis University's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, has been named a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. This is among the highest honors that a medieval scholar in any discipline can receive in North America.

Thomas Madden, Ph.D.

Madden joined the SLU faculty in the Department of History in 1992, served eight years as department chair, and was named to head the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in 2007.

Michael Barber, S.J., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said this honor not only salutes Madden's academic achievements but also recognizes the University's commitment to medieval scholarship.

"Because of his highly significant and well-respected scholarship on the medieval era, Dr. Madden has brought, through his many honors, great distinction to our University, which has been known throughout its history, and perhaps now more than ever, as a place where medieval thought, history, and institutions have received the careful study they deserve," Barber said.

A noted scholar, Madden's primary academic research interest is the history and culture of the Mediterranean world.

The author of dozens of books, articles and reviews, the bulk of Madden's scholarly publications have focused on the crusading movement, the republic of Venice, and the interaction between the cultures of Latin Christendom, the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim Middle East.

His latest book, "Venice: A New History" (Viking 2012), which is the first complete history of the famous city in a generation, was recently featured in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

A graduate of the University of New Mexico, Madden earned his Master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Illinois. In 2009, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Madden also was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2012.

Madden will be inducted into the Academy at the annual meeting April 4-6 in Knoxville, Tenn.


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