The Crusades Studies Forum was originally founded by a group of graduate students in the Department of History at Saint Louis University. The graduate program continues to be a leader in the field of Crusade Studies. Those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in the history of the Crusades should visit the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies program website for more information.
Crusade Studies Forum Executive Committee
Thomas Morin, PhD Candidate
George Summers, PhD Candidate
Evan McAllister, PhD Candidate
Evan McAllister's dissertation is titled "Historical Subtexts: Liturgical Quotations in Twelfth-Century Crusade Narratives." The dissertation unites the marginalia and evidence of readership, and offers a new examination of how authors like William of Tyre remembered, borrowed, and selectively engaged elements of the Latin liturgy and the biblical past to shape the cultural memory of the twelfth century.
Thomas F. Madden
Thomas F. Madden is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. As an author and historical consultant he has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The History Channel. Awards for his scholarship include the Medieval Academy of America's Haskins Medal and the Medieval Institute's Otto Grundler Prize and the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award. He is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Medieval Academy of America.