Genevieve Lundberg (BA ’20) majored in English and obtained certificates in Digital Studies and Medieval Studies. This fall, Genevieve will be starting a Masters program in Library and Information Studies at UW Madison. Genevieve writes: “The Medieval Studies certificate program was immensely helpful to me because it tied perfectly into my interest in manuscript studies and books as historical artifacts. A particular highlight was learning to read and translate Old English. I know that I’ll carry my experiences in this program with me as I go on to pursue a career in historically-focused librarianship.”
Tristan Krause (BA '18) majored in History and obtained a certificate in Medieval Studies. After graduation, Tristan worked as a Legislative Assistant in the Wisconsin State Assembly. He also worked with the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project, serving as a team field technician during the summer expeditions in Europe and as a historical researcher stateside. Tristan is now starting his first year as a PhD student in History at Texas A&M University. Working with Prof. Adam Seipp, he will be examining the societal and cultural context of early American recovery efforts of unaccounted military personnel in the European Theater of Operation of WWII. Tristan has grown in northern Wisconsin, so the Texas summer has been "something else." Tristan writes: "I often miss studying the medieval world. However, I've found that having a medieval studies background provides an excellent framework for nuancing and understanding both my area of study and the modern world. Equally important, as a new Graduate Assistant teaching European history survey courses, the Medieval Studies Certificate has certainly come in handy!"
Holly Wilinski (BA '16) majored in Theater with certificates in Business and Medieval Studies. Since graduating, she has been working in professional theatre in Chicago. She is currently a Production Manager for Broadway in Chicago, organizing and supervising touring productions. When she is not hopping between venues in the Downtown Theatre District, Holly revels in books on medieval history and plays musicals on the piano.
Andrew J. O’Connor
Andrew J. O’Connor (BA '10) majored in History and obtained certificates in Religious Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Medieval Studies. At the UW-Madison he was also awarded the 2010 Mensink Honors Research Grant, which allowed him to conduct research in Egypt for his Senior Honors Thesis about Medieval Egypt. In 2013 Andrew finished his M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago and completed his Ph.D. in Theology (World Religions & World Church) in 2019 at the University of Notre Dame. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the Qur’an’s different models of prophethood, and his general research interests center around the Qur’an’s engagement with the cultural and religious environment of Late Antiquity. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant to study in Amman, Jordan, for 2017–18, and has presented his research at various conferences, including in Morocco, Tunisia, and the UK. In 2019, Andrew was thrilled to move to back Wisconsin as he joined the faculty of St. Norbert College as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Theology & Religious Studies. Andrew teaches courses on world religions, world scriptures, interfaith relations, and Muslim-Christian dialogue. His primary area of interest is Islamic Studies, and in particular Qur'anic Studies. He is currently working on converting his dissertation into a book about the Qur'an's conceptions of prophethood.
Sarah Iverson née Kirkland (BA '01) graduated with majors in History and Classical Humanities and certificates in Medieval Studies and ILS. After graduation, she taught ESL in a Budapest high school for two years and traveled Europe extensively. She explored many medieval sites, including her ancestral lands in Scotland, Cluny Abbey, and even Vlad Tepes’ birthplace.
Afterwards, she accepted a job teaching at Zheijiang Gongshang University in China for three years. Her favorite course to teach? The Cultures of America and England! The course traced the development of the kingship and Parliament and covered many other medieval topics. All told, Sarah visited 40 countries.
Currently, Sarah lives in Austin, Texas with her family. When she’s not busy helping her 6-year-old with online school, she’s working on her first book. The humorous history -- with just a hint of sci-fi -- is tentatively called The Time Travelers Guide to Thebes and the Female Pharaoh.