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PIMS appoints Michèle Mulchahey first holder of Boyle Chair

Michèle Mulchahey

TORONTO, May 23, 2007 -- The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michèle Mulchahey, as the first holder of the new Leonard E. Boyle Chair in Manuscript Studies. Dr. Mulchahey was one of Fr. Boyle's last pupils prior to his appointment as Prefect of the Vatican Library in 1984. She is a distinguished scholar presently in mid-career. Her appointment is effective 1 July, 2007.

The Leonard E. Boyle Chair is designed to continue the strong emphasis on the manuscript sciences that has been practiced from the beginning at the Institute and which Fr. Boyle in particular developed so well. Aspects of its curriculum will include palaeography, codicology, diplomatics, and the editing of texts.

Dr. Mulchahey was born in Los Angeles. She did undergraduate studies at Rice University in Houston prior to taking an M.A. in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto in 1981. She qualified for the Institute's Licence in Mediaeval Studies in 1985 and the Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1989. During her early teaching years, she continued her research under the direction of Fr. Boyle and concluded her formal academic qualifications in 1996 with a dissertation fulfilling the requirements for a Doctorate at the Pontifical Institute – the MSD.

Her books and articles have made her a leading authority on the religious and intellectual culture of the late Middle Ages, on the mediaeval universities, and more particularly on the role of the friars, the teaching of St Thomas Aquinas, and Franciscan and Dominican third orders and confraternities. She has three books in various stages of preparation.

Dr Mulchahey has taught at St Mary's College of California, at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, at Fordham University in New York City, and most recently at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. In 2003-04 she was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, teaching at the Villa I Tatti in Florence. She is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, having won the Rome Prize Fellowship of the Academy in 2002-03, and her many awards in recognition of her scholarship include grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Carnegie Trust for Scotland. Learn more about PIMS