Medieval Academy Fellowship

23rd January 2020


Wadham's Professor Richard Sharpe has been appointed as a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.

  • Professor Richard Sharpe

    Professorial Fellow, Richard Sharpe

Founded in 1925, The Medieval Academy of America, is the largest organisation in the United States promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies. 

Professor Sharpe's research interests include medieval books and libraries over an extended period; medieval Latin texts; medieval charters and deeds; various aspects of medieval English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh history; antiquarian learning in England in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries; Irish manuscripts.

Medieval Academy Fellows are medievalists who have made notable lifelong contributions to the field through their teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and service. Corresponding Fellows are resident outside of North America. 

The first holder of Professor Sharpe's position in Oxford, Reginald Lane Poole (Wadham 1875-7) was one of the original corresponding fellows of the Medieval Academy, elected in 1926.

The Academy publishes the quarterly journal Speculum; awards prizes, grants, and fellowships; and supports research, publication, and teaching in medieval art, archaeology, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, religion, science, social and economic institutions, and all other aspects of the Middle Ages.

The Academy aims to foster an environment of diversity, inclusion, and academic freedom for all medievalists.