Medieval and Early Modern


Students benefit from the activities of The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies, housed within the Department of History. The Center engages professors and students in dialogue with leading international scholars in seminars and conferences organized annually around a theme. In recent years, the Miller Center's annual themes have included globalization, religion, visuality and history, empire, and the body and body politic. The Miller Center provides funding for conferences and workshops organized by the graduate students themselves, both within the History Department and across departments.

Students entering this field also benefit from the activities of the Graduate Field Committee in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEM-UM) which serves the campus through an array of interdisciplinary programs including symposia, colloquia, and special lectures.

The Middle East Colloquium and the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, although not limited to the pre-modern period, offer courses, seminars, and workshops focusing on medieval and early modern times.

In addition, students and faculty have the opportunity to work in the unique concentration of archival and library collections in the greater Washington area. These include three of the world’s finest institutions for research in Medieval and Early Modern history: the Library of Congress (the LC holdings are an invaluable resource for virtually any research topic in history); the Folger Shakespeare Library (a world-renowned research center on Shakespeare and on the Early Modern age); and Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (the program in Byzantine Studies supports scholarship on the civilization of the Byzantine Empire from the fourth to fifteenth centuries and its interactions with neighboring cultures. This includes related aspects of Late Roman, Early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies).

The metropolitan Washington, DC area hosts a great array of institutes for advanced study, including George Washington University’s  Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (MEMSI), The Center for the Study of Early Christianity at the Catholic University of America, and the German Historical Institute among others. Many faculty and graduate students participate in informal Washington area faculty and graduate student groups. Maryland’s own Medieval and Early Modern Workshop takes advantage of a constant flow of visiting scholars from around the world.