2022-23 Residency Research Fellow
Alice Chapman is a professor of history at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Her areas of academic interest are monasticism, medieval political thought, and recently spiritual health and wellness in the Middle Ages. She has written several articles on Bernard of Clairvaux, and her book, Authority and Power in the Writings of Bernard of Clairvaux, was published by Brepols Press in 2013. Currently she is writing a new book entitled, Christ the Physician: Healing Spiritual Sickness in the 12th and 13th Centuries.
Research Plans: During her fellowship at the Eisenberg Institute, Professor Chapman will write several chapters of her book, Christ the Physician. Her work focuses on the image of Christ the physician (Christus medicus) in the Latin texts of twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and is significant because it brings together images, metaphors, and analogies elucidating definitions of spiritual health in the Middle Ages.