Medieval Academy of America

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The Medieval Academy of America (spelled Mediaeval until 1980)[1] is the largest organization in the United States promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies. It was founded in 1925 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The academy publishes the quarterly journal Speculum, and awards prizes, grants, and fellowships such as the Haskins Medal, which is named for Charles Homer Haskins, one of the founders of the Medieval Academy and its second president.[2]

The Medieval Academy 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.

Membership is open to all persons interested in the Middle Ages. The Academy holds an annual meeting each spring.

The current president of the Medieval Academy is Barbara Newman of Northwestern University.[3]


  1. ^ Janet T. Marquardt, From Martyr to Monument: The Abbey of Cluny as Cultural Patrimony (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007; ISBN 144380004X), p. xix; the bylaws say: "1. The name by which the Corporation shall be known is The Mediaeval Academy of America doing business as The Medieval Academy of America."
  2. ^ ACLS Website
  3. ^ "MAA News – 2015 Election Results". The Medieval Academy Blog. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

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