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Paul B. Sturtevant is a public historian and medievalist, and an expert in the way that history is presented to the public. His first book, The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination: Memory, Film, and Medievalism is available now. His book takes an innovative sociological approach to studying public perceptions of the medieval world. It does this by delving deeply into the data from a series of group interviews before and after viewing films set in the Middle Ages.
He is currently working on a new book, provisionally titled Misusing the Middle Ages, with Amy Kaufman. It is currently under contract with University of Toronto Press.
His Ph.D. was at the University of Leeds (2010), and he has since gone on to do research at Cambridge University, at the Smithsonian Institution, and for a major EU-funded research project in Spain. His day job is as a visitor research specialist for the Smithsonian Institution.
You can reach Dr. Sturtevant at editor[at]publicmedievalist.com
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Amy S. Kaufman is a writer and former professor who specializes in Arthurian legend, Chaucer, and medievalism in popular culture. She’s co-authoring the forthcoming book, Misusing the Middle Ages, with Paul Sturtevant, and she’s Co-Director of Conferences for the International Society for the Study of Medievalism. You can find more information about her work at amyskaufman.com or follow her on Twitter at @drdarkage.
Robert mainly works on urban and episcopal history in Italy in the tenth to twelfth centuries but also has a strong interest in the portrayal of the Middle Ages in modern media. He is currently researching the impact of computer games on learning and the influence of game objectives on players’ perceptions of the middle ages. He has published several articles on medieval Italian history and on history and modern media, and is currently editing a volume titled Historical Accuracy and Authenticity: Interacting with the Medieval in the Modern World. He is a lecturer in Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester, where his teaching includes the module The Middle Ages in Computer Games, and has worked as a research consultant for Paradox Interactive on Crusader Kings II. He tweets @RobEHoughton.
Robert’s The Public Medievalist Articles
Victoria is primarily interested in the way that history is conveyed, explored and shaped in video games, and in the depiction of the Middle Ages in popular culture and politics. She’s also interested in the literature of medieval Scandinavia, particularly the Riddarasögur. She currently holds a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Leeds Humanities Research Institute.
Victoria completed her Ph.D. at the University of Leeds at the end of 2016 under the excellent supervision of Dr. Alaric Hall and Dr. Andrew Warnes. Her thesis, titled “Fantasies of the North: Medievalism and Identity in Skyrim,” investigated the parallels between political and playful medievalisms, and explored the intersection of medievalist fantasy, politics, and whiteness. Prior to this, Vicki obtained an MA in English Literature (Leeds, 2011), and a BA in English (Lincoln, 2010).
Shiloh Carroll earned her Ph.D. in English at Middle Tennessee State University in 2014 and now works in the writing center at Tennessee State University. Her interest in the portrayal of the Middle Ages in fantasy accidentally turned into an expertise on George R.R. Martin and A Song of Ice and Fire. Her book on the subject–Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones–is available from Boydell & Brewer.
Shiloh’s Public Medievalist Articles
Arielle works as a professional social justice lobbyist and policy wonk in Washington, D.C. Her work focuses on many of the present-day issues explored on The Public Medievalist, and as Editorial Consultant, Arielle provides fact-checking and editorial advice on issues related to her professional expertise.
Sam is one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They are the founder and head of the 50 Bills 50 States campaign to end the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, first in the United States and then around the globe. As a survivor of conversion therapy, Sam has spearheaded efforts to submit legislation and promote public education in the hopes of ending the practice on minors. They have co-chaired the National Center for Lesbian Rights Advisory Committee on conversion therapy and have spoken before the United Nations and Congress. They have been featured in numerous media including a recent New York Times op-ed as well as TIME, MSNBC, The Washington Post. PBS Newshour, Huffington Post, and CTV in Canada. Sam uses they, them, or theirs as their pronouns as a genderfluid person.
Their professional training is in nuclear engineering and public policy. Following graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Nuclear Engineering and the Technology Policy Program, Sam served as a policy analyst, fellow and director of government affairs focused on nuclear energy at think tanks and energy organizations. They have authored successful legislation, briefed congressional members as well as President Obama and President Trump on the wonders of nuclear physics. They tweet @sbrinton.