Lycoming College professor named medieval fellow at University of St. Andrews, Scotland

PHOTOS PROVIDED Cullen Chandler, Ph.D., with Lycoming College students during their final feast in his “Medieval Food and Culture” course, Spring 2017.

Cullen Chandler, Ph.D., associate professor of history and department chair, as well as director of the Scholars Program at Lycoming College, has been appointed the Donald Bullough Fellow in Medieval History by the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

The residential fellowship will allow Chandler to spend the 2019 spring semester abroad working in the St. Andrews Institute for Mediaeval Studies on his research project, “Early Medieval Food and Culture.”

Chandler will take part in weekly seminars with other mediaval historians. He also is expected to present a research paper and lead a workshop attended by faculty and postgraduate students.

“This fellowship means a great deal to me. There is only one Bullough Fellow every year, and it is quite an honor to be selected to join such a distinguished list of past fellows, particularly since most come from larger research institutions. I am proud to represent Lycoming College and spread the word to other countries about what we do,” said Chandler. “I am really looking forward to working in the world-class facilities at St. Andrews. Beyond that, the opportunity to work alongside and engage regularly with so many other medieval historians will be beneficial to my work as it will stimulate me to sharpen my thinking while allowing me to share and therefore develop my ideas with feedback from others. I will be able to make a good deal of progress much more quickly than I would otherwise.”

Chandler plans to produce a book manuscript on the subject of early medieval European food history with emphasis on Charlemagne’s empire during the eighth and ninth centuries.

In 2017, Chandler introduced his first-year seminar course, “Medieval Food and Culture,” at Lycoming. The course explores how food practices were shaped by social class, status, gender and religion, and encourages students to think about how they still are.