Faculty

Humanistic Studies Faculty

   

Philip Hicks
Professor and Chair

Email: phicks@saintmarys.edu
Office: 148 E Spes Unica Hall
Phone: (574) 284-4487
Fax: (574) 284-4855
Address: 79 Spes Unica Hall, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame IN 46556

Education: BA in History, University of Notre Dame; MA in History, Cambridge University (Selwyn College); MA, PhD in History, The Johns Hopkins University.

Courses Offered: Lives and Times (HUST 103), History of Famous Women (HUST 205), High Society (HUST 212), Cultural History III: Early-Modern Culture (HUST 461), Cultural History IV: Modern Culture (HUST 462).

Research Interests: British intellectual history and historical writing, 1660-1800; history of feminist thought; Catharine Macaulay.

Recent Publications: “Women Worthies and Feminist Argument in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” Women’s History Review 24 (April 2015), pp. 174-90; “Female Worthies and the Genres of Women’s History,” in Historical Writing in Britain, 1688-1830: Visions of History, ed. Ben Dew and Fiona Price (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 18-33; “’The spirit of liberty’: Historical Causation and Political Rhetoric in the Age of Hume,” in David Hume: Historical Thinker, Historical Writer, ed. Mark G. Spencer (Penn State University Press, 2013), pp. 61-79; “The Ancient Historians in Britain,” in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 3 (1660-1790), ed. David Hopkins and Charles Martindale (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 569-92; “The Roman Matron in Britain: Female Political Influence and Republican Response, ca. 1750-1800,” Journal of Modern History 77 (March 2005): 35-69; “Portia and Marcia: Female Political Identity and the Historical Imagination, 1770-1800,” William and Mary Quarterly 62 (April 2005): 265-94.

 

John Shinners
Professor
Bruno P. Schlesinger Chair in Humanistic Studies

Email: shinners@saintmarys.edu
Office: 152 E Spes Unica Hall
Phone: (574) 284-4494
Fax: (574) 284-4855
Address: 97 Spes Unica Hall, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame IN 46556

Education: BA in History, Loyola University, New Orleans; MA, PhD in Medieval Studies, University of Toronto.

Courses Offered: Lives and Times (HUST 103); Myth, Legend, and History (HUST 197); Greek and Roman Culture (HUST 292); Cultural History I: Ancient and Medieval Culture (HUST 321); Colloquium II: Medieval and Renaissance Literature (HUST 324); Cultural History II: Medieval and Renaissance Culture (HUST 322); Colloquium IV: Modern Literature (HUST 464).

Research Interests: Daily religious life in medieval England.

Publications: Medieval Popular Religion: 1000-1500 (Broadview, 2nd ed., 2000); (with William J. Dohar) Pastors and the Care of Souls in Medieval England (University of Notre Dame Press, 1998).

 

   

Laura Williamson Ambrose
Associate Professor

Email: lambrose@saintmarys.edu
Office: 147 E Spes Unica Hall
Phone: (574) 284-4465
Fax: (574) 284-4855
Address: 9 Spes Unica Hall, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame IN 46556
Website: www.laurawilliamsonambrose.com

Education: BA in English, Rutgers University; PhD in English, University of Michigan.

Courses Offered: Lives and Times (HUST 103); Colloquium I: Ancient and Medieval Literature (HUST 323); Colloquium II: Medieval and Renaissance Literature (HUST 324); Colloquium III: Early-Modern Literature (HUST 463).

Research Interests: Representations of travel in late sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature; history of cartography; digital humanities.

Publications: "Travel in Time: Local Travel and Seventeenth-Century English Almanacs," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Spring 2013); "Crossings and Communication in Shakespeare's England," The Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia, edited by Bruce Smith and Katherine Rowe (forthcoming); “The Blended Advising Model: Transforming Advising With ePortfolios,” co-authored with G. Alex Ambrose, International Journal of ePortfolio (Spring 2013).

 

   

Gail Porter Mandell
Emerita Professor
Emerita of Bruno P. Schlesinger Chair in Humanistic Studies

Email: gmandell@saintmarys.edu

 

Education: BA in English, Maryville College; MA in English, University of Michigan; PhD in English, University of Notre Dame.

Publications: Angel Creek, Where the River Meets the Sea (The University of the West Indies Press, 2014); Phoenix Paradox: A Study of Renewal through Change in the Collected Poems and Last Poems of D. H. Lawrence (Southern Illinois University Press, 1984); Life into Art: Conversations with Seven Contemporary Biographers (University of Arkansas Press, 1991); Madeleva: One Woman's Life (Paulist Press, 1995); Madeleva: A Biography (SUNY Press, 1997).

 

   

Barbara Westra
Administrative Assistant

Email: bwestra@saintmarys.edu
Office: 166 Spes Unica Hall
Address: 102 Spes Unica Hall, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame IN 46556
Phone: (574) 284-4534
Fax: (574) 284-4855