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Middlebury-CMRS Staff

Paul Monod


Paul Monod has taught at Middlebury College since 1984, and has been Principal of the Middlebury-CMRS Oxford Humanities Program since 2014.  He grew up in Montreal and was educated at Princeton and Yale Universities.  His area of specialization is 17th -18th century Britain, and in 2013 he published Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment with Yale University Press.  Professor Monod has been the recipient of fellowships from the NEH, the Huntington Library, the Getty Research Institute and the Leverhulme Trust. Professor Monod can be contacted .


Dr. Bernard Gowers

Senior Tutor and Lecturer in Medieval History

Bernard Gowers is a historian of western Europe during the central middle ages.  His research focuses on West Francia (France) from the tenth to twelfth centuries, in particular ecclesiastical life.  

As Senior Tutor, Dr Gowers is responsible for the day-to-day running of the teaching programme at Middlebury-CMRS. He deals with academic  from potential applicants, and teaches some history classes.  In addition to his work at M-CMRS, he is also Research Associate in History at Keble, and a member of the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford.

Dr Gowers was educated at the universities of Oxford (Christ Church) and Manchester.  Prior to his appointment as Senior Tutor at Middlebury-CMRS, he was Lecturer in European Medieval History at King’s College, London. He has also worked as College Lecturer at Balliol College and Brasenose College, University of Oxford. Dr. Gowers can be contacted .


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Assistant Senior Tutor & Lecturer in Art History

Dr Marie-Louise Lillywhite specialises in Venetian Renaissance art, with a particular emphasis on the decades immediately subsequent to the Council of Trent (1545-63).  She is interested in how an era that on the one hand heralded a new climate of control of the visual, simultaneously harnessed the sensuous aspects of worship and confirmed the importance of ‘the beauty of holiness.’ This is the topic of her current monograph, Reforming Art in Renaissance Venice.  She is also particularly interested in the arts of the Jesuit Order in south-east Asia and friendships and alliances between artists in Renaissance Italy.

Marie-Louise was awarded her PhD at the University of Warwick in 2013. Prior to taking up her post at Middlebury-CMRS in January 2018, Marie-Louise held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence and was Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick.


Fiona Kilby


Fiona is responsible for assisting in the administration and day-to-day running of Middlebury-CMRS. Management and upkeep of the buildings, the computer network and general student matters also fall into her remit. Her previous roles as Recruitment Consultant, PR and Marketing Assistant, Public House Manager and Head Cook at Althorp House have provided the varied skills required for this position. In her spare time Fiona loves the great outdoors - you will find her spending time at the allotment, walking coastal paths or on the beach in Norfolk!

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