The Mellon Distinguished Professorship of Medieval and Early Modern Studies was established in 2007 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York to expand the global reach of the College’s medieval and early modern studies program to areas such as China, Southeast Asia and Japan, the Caribbean and Latin America.

The Mellon Foundation’s grant of $1 million to the professorship was complemented with matching funds from the North Carolina Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund to bring the professorship to $1.5 million.

“Medieval and early modern studies have traditionally been among the most attractive interdisciplinary graduate programs at Carolina,” said William Andrews, senior associate dean for the fine arts and humanities and E. Maynard Adams professor of English. “Undergraduate classes in medieval history and 16th- and 17th-century literature, for instance, are often filled to overflowing each semester.”

The Mellon Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the College, with contributions to a professorship and study abroad scholarships in Latin American studies. Other areas of support include Kenan-Flagler Business School, the School of Medicine and the Ackland Art Museum.

(Excerpts taken from the August 1, 2007, UNC news release “Mellon Foundation Gives 2.5 Million for Medieval, Early Modern Studies.”)

The Mellon Distinguished Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Studies:

Marcus Bull