Texas Tech University

MRSC Advisors

Dr. John Howe, History



John Howe, professor of History at Texas Tech University, has taught here since 1981. He has served as both the undergraduate student advisor and the graduate student advisor in the History Department. Howe, who earned his doctorate at UCLA, has served as an Erasmus institute Fellow at the University of Notre Dame and as a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. For his teaching and research interests, see his Curriculum Vitae here.

Dr. Angela Mariani, Music



Dr. Angela Mariani is Professor of Musicology and director of the Texas Tech Collegium Musicum at the Texas Tech University School of Music. She received her doctoral degree from the Historical Performance Institute at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Dr. Mariani studied medieval music with Thomas Binkley, Benjamin Bagby, and Barbara Thornton, and was a founding member of Altramar medieval music ensemble, who toured internationally and recorded seven CDs for the Dorian label. Since 1991, she has hosted the nationally-syndicated public radio program Harmonia. Her book Improvisation and Inventio in the Performance of Medieval Music was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. A more complete bio can be found at https://www.depts.ttu.edu/music/aboutus/faculty/angela-mariani.php.

Dr. Brian McFadden, English



McFadden studies marvels and miracle stories in Old English and Anglo-Latin prose, especially the concept of the monstrous. He has edited a special issue of Religion and Literature on visions of the other world and has published articles on Beowulf, the Letter of Alexander to Aristotle, the Venerable Bede's Ecclesiastical History, the Liber Monstrorum, the Exeter Book Physiologusand Phoenix, the Old English lives of St. Margaret, and J.R.R. Tolkien's use of Anglo-Saxon monster lore in his fiction; he also has an article forthcoming on the Exeter Book riddles in their tenth-century context. His book project discusses the compilation of the Beowulf manuscript in the context of tenth-century English social changes.

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