Medieval Academy of America

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The Medieval Academy of America, MAA (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 Academy's founders and its second president.[2]

The 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.

As of 2015, the Academy's president was Barbara Newman of Northwestern University;[3] the executive director is Lisa Fagin Davis.[4]


  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. ^ Charles Homer Haskins at website of the American Council of Learned Societies. Accessed 15 December 2016
  3. ^ "MAA News – 2015 Election Results". The Medieval Academy Blog. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Davis, Lisa Fagin. "About Lisa Fagin Davis". Manuscript Road Trip. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 

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