Welcome to the online home of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Louisville! 

UofL is proud to be home to a vibrant community of students, teachers, and scholars engaged in the study of global culture from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Napoleonic Wars. We have more than a dozen affiliated faculty from multiple departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Music, and because we believe that a rigorous research agenda is essential to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, our faculty have published numerous books as well as articles in such prestigious journals as Speculum Gesta, Vivarium, and Dumbarton Oaks Papers. We also sponsor an ongoing series of public presentations, the Medieval & Renaissance Workshop, which provides a forum for both experienced scholars and early-career researchers and graduate students to present their work in progress.

We also are pleased to sponsor a graduate certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the only degree of its kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Those pursuing the certificate have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of departments from some of the best teachers and most prominent scholars in their respective fields. In addition, we encourage our students to present papers at academic conferences, to make use of UofL’s collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, and to take advantage of our membership in the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies. Students in this program have gone on to successful careers in such fields as theatre, museum studies, high school education, and academia.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the many opportunities for Medieval and Renaissance study at the University of Louisville. If you would like to be added to our electronic mailing list please email us your contact information. 

Brad Bowman Department of History (coordinator of Medieval & Renaissance Workshop)

Jennifer Westerfeld Department of History (coordinator of Medieval & Renaissance Certificate Program)