John F. Romano, Ph.D., L.M.S.

www.medievalliturgy.com
johnfromano@gmail.com
jromano@benedictine.edu

Department of History
Benedictine College
1020 North Second Street
Atchison, Kansas 66002-1499
                    
Education

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 9/08-7/09.
Licence in Mediaeval Studies (L.M.S.) (postdoctoral degree), 10/09.
Produced a thesis entitled
Joy in Waiting?  The History of Gaudete Sunday.

Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Department of History, 9/00-6/07.
Ph.D. in History, 6/07.
Produced a dissertation entitled
Ritual and Society in Early Medieval Rome.  
Committee:  Profs. Michael McCormick, Angeliki E. Laiou, and John F. Baldovin (Weston Jesuit School of Theology).
Dissertation in PDF Format
Abstract of Dissertation

A. M. in History, 6/02.
General Examination passed in four fields on 5/21/02:
  • Imperial Rome with Christopher Jones
  • Late Antiquity - Early Middle Ages with Michael McCormick
  • Late Middle Ages with Thomas N. Bisson
  • Modern Germany with David Blackbourn

Archaeological excavations:  
  • Palatine Hill in Rome,  Italy, under Clementina Panella, 6/06.
  • Tenth-century cathedral in Magdeburg, Germany under Thomas Weber and Rainer Kuhn, 7/02-8/02.

Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), 9/94-5/98.                
A. B.
magna cum laude in Medieval Studies (with Honors) and Religious Studies, 5/98.
Universität-Humboldt in Berlin, Germany, study abroad, 9/96-7/97.

Honors and Awards

  • Mellon Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Canada), 9/08-7/09.
  • Graduate Society Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 9/06-6/07
  • Fulbright IIE Grant in Graduate Study Category for study in Rome, Italy, 10/05-7/06.
  • Bok Center Awards for outstanding teaching, in “Charlemagne and Medieval Civilization” (9/05) and “The World of Late Antiquity” (9/03).
  • Dumbarton Oaks Exchange Program Fellow, 4/04.  Delivered a paper entitled “How Manifold Are Your Works, O Lord:  Diversity in Early
    Medieval Liturgy.”
  • Department of History Fellowship for study of ancient Greek at Columbia University, 7/03-8/03.
  • Graduate Society Summer Fellowship for study of Latin, 6/01-8/01.
  • Brown University Allison Goddard Elliott Prize (for composition on a medieval topic), 5/98.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, 5/98.

Publications

  • Liturgy and Society in Early Medieval Rome (book under contract with Ashgate).
  • “Priesthood and the Eucharist,” in Priesthood and Holy Orders in the Middle Ages, ed. Greg Peters (Brill) (under preparation).
  • “The Ordo missae of the Roman Rite:  Historical Background,” with co-author Joanne Pierce in A Commentary on the Order of Mass of the
    Roman Missal, ed. Edward Foley (Collegeville, MN:  The Liturgical Press, 2011), pp. 3-33.
  • “Joy in Waiting?  The History of Gaudete Sunday.”  Mediaeval Studies 72 (2010):  75-124.  Ordering information.
  • “The Ceremonies of the Roman Pontiff:  Rereading Benedict’s Twelfth-Century Liturgical Script.”  Viator 41 (2010):  133-49.  Abstract and
    ordering information.
  • “Announcing the Station in Early-Medieval Rome.”  Archiv für Liturgiewissenschaft 51 (2009):  345-51.  Information on note.
  • "The Catholic Liturgy."  Letter to the Editor in The New York Times published on December 6, 2009.  Link to letter.
  • “Ite potus est: Liturgical Parody and Views of Late-medieval Worship.”  Sacris erudiri 48 (2009):  275-309.  Link to abstract and ordering
    information.  
  • “Liturgy and Pilgrimage,” “Rome,” and “Rome Sites:  St. John Lateran.”  Entries in Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, ed. Larissa Taylor  
    (Leiden:  Brill, 2009).
  • “The Fates of Liturgies:  Towards a History of the First Roman Ordo.”  Antiphon 11 (2007): 43-77.
  • “Julian of Vézelay, a Twelfth-Century Critic of his Monastery’s Worldly Success.”  Medieval Sermon Studies 50 (2006):  51-69.  Abstract and
    ordering information.
  • Editor of website medievalliturgy.com:  Resources for the Study of the Public Worship of the Latin West in the Middle Ages (ca. 500 – ca.
    1500).

Conferences and Lectures

  • Medieval Academy of America in St. Louis, Missouri. “‘The Rite is the Same’:  Liturgical Tolerance and the Late-Medieval Roman Clergy,”  
    3/22-24/12.
  • Faculty colloquium at Benedictine College.  “Liturgy and Society in Early Medieval Rome,” 10/26/11.
  • American Historical Association in Boston, Massachusetts.  “Ordering a Disordered World:  Ritual and Society in Early Medieval Rome,”
    poster session on 1/6/11.
  • International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan.  “Prayer:  A Reflection of Historical Realities?”  5/13/10.  Organizer of
    this session, entitled “Reading the Sources of Medieval Liturgy.”
  • Keynote speaker at The Advent Project, Ten Years on:  Early Medieval Ritual and Chant in Rome in Dublin, Ireland. “Gaudete Sunday: A
    Forgotten Aspect of the Advent Project,” 2/19/10.
  • Interdisciplinary Research Seminar at Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto.  “Joy in Waiting?  The History of Gaudete Sunday”
    (parts 1 and 2), 11/6/08 and 2/5/09.
  • International Medieval Conference in Leeds, England.  “The Mass of the Drunkards: Liturgy and the Natural Order,” 7/07/08.
  • Colorado College History Department Faculty Seminar.  “Unity through Liturgy,” 10/23/07.
  • International Medieval Conference in Leeds, England.  “Gifts and Community in the Roman Liturgy of the Middle Ages,” 7/12/07.  
  • International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan.  “The Fates of   Liturgies:  Towards a History of the First Roman Ordo,”
    5/10/07.
  • International Medieval Conference in Leeds, England.  “Unity through Gesture:  Liturgy in Early Medieval Rome,” 7/11/06.         
  • International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan.  “Constructing the Christian Life:  Benedict’s Rule and the First Roman
    Ordo,” 5/7/05.
  • Medieval Academy of America in Seattle, Washington and German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.,  “How to Read a Martyrology:  
    Ado of Vienne’s Venerabile et perantiquum martyrologium,” 4/2/04 and 10/24/03.
  • Vagantes Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Toronto, Canada, “Disturbing the Peace of the Sacred Monastery:  The Battle for
    Twelfth-Century Vézelay,” 3/21/03.

Teaching Experience at the College Level

Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Benedictine College, 8/10-present, teaching:
Syllabi for selected courses can be found by clicking on the names of the courses.

Visiting Assistant Professor in History Department at Moravian College, 9/09-5/10, teaching:
Syllabi can be found by clicking on the names of the courses.

Visiting Assistant Professor in History Department at Colorado College, 9/07-5/08, teaching:  
Syllabi can be found by clicking on the names of the courses or browsing at the History Department at Colorado College under “Sites & Syllabi.”

Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, 9/02-5/05, teaching:
  • Charlemagne and Medieval Civilization with Michael McCormick, 1/05-5/05.
  • New York Times and the World, 1941 with Michael McCormick, 9/04-1/05
  • Western Societies, Politics, and Cultures from Antiquity to 1650 (Western history survey) with Christopher Jones, Angeliki Laiou, and Steven
    Ozment, 9/04-1/05.
  • The Hero of Irish Myth and Saga with Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, 1/04-5/04.
  • The Crusades with Angeliki Laiou, 9/03-1/04 (head teaching fellow) and 9/02-1/03.
  • Rome of Augustus with Richard J. Tarrant, 9/03-1/04 and 1/03-5/03.
  • The World of Late Antiquity with Michael McCormick, 1/03-5/03.  
  • The Christian Revolution with Christopher Jones, 9/02-1/03.

College Service

  • Faculty adviser to the History Club at Benedictine College, 8/10-present.
  • Faculty adviser to Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society at Benedictine College, 8/10-present.
  • Faculty adviser to “Discovery Day” projects (involving making, illuminating, and binding parchment; and making and illuminating papyrus) at
    Benedictine College, 10/10-present.
  • Undergraduate student adviser at Benedictine College, 8/11-present.
  • Presenter for “Great Books” program, 11/11/10.

Other Teaching Experience

  • Teacher of Language Arts (Fifth and sixth graders) at Rabbi Harry Halpern Day School (Brooklyn, NY), 9/99-6/00.
  • Teacher of English and French at Xaverian High School and The Genesis Program (Middle school for academically gifted children)
    (Brooklyn, NY), 9/98-6/99.
  • Teacher of French in Summer School at Xaverian High School (Brooklyn, NY), 6/98-8/98.
  • Teaching Assistant in German Course at Brown University (Providence, RI), 1/98-5/98.
  • Teachers' Assistant at J.H.S. 47: School for the Deaf (Manhattan, NY), 2/94-6/94.

Other Work Experience

  • Editorial assistance for Joachim Henning, ed., Post-Roman Towns, Trade and Settlement in Europe and Byzantium (Berlin:  Walter de
    Gruyter, 2006).
  • Research Assistant for Profs. Michael McCormick (9/03-12/03) and Thomas Head (1/00-5/00).
  • Track Coach at Xaverian High School (Brooklyn, NY), 9/98-6/99.
  • Intern at Fuji Capital Markets at the World Trade Center (NY), 1/96, 6/96-9/96, 12/97-1/98.
  • Editorial and entertainment writer for the Brown Daily Herald, 9/95-5/98.
  • Administrative Assistant for Department of Neurology at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center (Manhattan, NY), 6/94-9/94, 6/95-9/95.
  • Participant in Visions (Junior Peace Corps), program in the Dominican Republic, 7/92-8/92.

Professional Organizations

  • Medieval Academy of America
  • American Historical Association

Languages

  • Fluency in reading and speaking in German and Italian.  
  • Excellent reading knowledge of and proficiency in speaking Spanish and French.    
  • Excellent reading knowledge of Latin, Ancient Greek, Portuguese, and Biblical Hebrew.
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