Leah Pope Parker
Dr. Leah Pope Parker is an Assistant Professor of English in the School of Humanities at the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed her PhD in English at UW-Madison in 2019 under the direction of Martin Foys, and is now adapting her dissertation into a book provisionally titled Light of the Everlasting Life: Disability and Salvation in Old English Literature. At USM, she teaches general education courses on world literature, surveys of British literature to 1800, as well as upper-level and graduate courses on Old and Middle English literature, medievalism, and history of the English language. Her research explores themes of disability, neurodiversity, histories of the body, and phenomenologies of religion.
Daniel C. Cochran
Daniel received his Ph.D. in 2018, completing a dissertation on late antique Christian art and architecture under the supervision of Thomas E.A. Dale. He previously received a B.A. in religion and classics from the University of Rochester, NY, and an M.Div. from Harvard University. While at UW, Daniel served as a teaching fellow in Art History and lectured in the Religious Studies Program. He was awarded a University Fellowship, Chancellor's Fellowship, two consecutive years of FLAS Fellowships (in Turkish), and completed his dissertation as a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Institute. His first book, Building the Body of Christ: Christian Art, Identity, and Community in Late Antique Italy, is due out in early 2021 (Fortress Press Academic). Daniel is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and currently serves congregations in the suburbs of Chicago where he lives with his wife, two children, and their scruffy dog Luna.
Jay Paul Gates
Jay Paul Gates (PhD 2007) is Associate Professor and chair of the English Department at John Jay College, CUNY. He works on early medieval England, particularly the ninth through eleventh centuries, with an emphasis on law and legal culture. He co-edited with Brian O’Camb Remembering the Medieval Present: Generative Uses of England’s Pre-Conquest Past, 10th to 15th Centuries (Brill, 2019), which includes his chapter of Aelred of Rievaulx’s Genealogia regum Anglorum. He co-edited with Nicole Marafioti Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England (Boydell, 2014), including his chapter on the historical revisionism at Worcester surrounding Eadric streona. He has also published a number of chapters on articles on Eadric streona in historical writing, on Archbishop Wulfstan of York, on Beowulf and the St Brice’s Day massacre, and he produced a student edition and translation of the prologue to Alfred the Great’s lawcode (http://www.heroicage.org/issues/18/gates.php).
Sara Schliep has a hybrid position as an Archivist and Cataloger at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Sara received an MA in Literary Studies in 2014 from the UW-Madison and an MLIS in Library and Information Science in 2017 from St. Catherine University. At UW-Madison, Sara studied early British, Norse, and early modern literature and at St. Catherine University she specialized in special collections librarianship and archives. Her work at the Folger on the Collection Description and Imaging Team applies a variety of skills including paleography and transcription, codicology, historical research, bibliographical analysis, rare materials cataloging, archival processing and description, archival administration, and customer service (in the form of working with researchers and responding to reference questions).
Since obtaining her MA in May 2020, Anna Betz has started working as a Design Consultant for a home and building remodeling company in Minneapolis, MN. She helps provide design solutions for residential and commercial remodeling projects. Her years studying for her Master’s in Art History have cultivated an eye for design and material that assist her in this position. Additionally, the rigor of the Master’s Program and the Medieval Studies Program has given her the tools she needed to have confidence in communicating and designing in her new position.