Introducing Members of the Royal Studies Network

portrait KristenKristen Geaman (University of Toledo, Ohio, US) is an associate lecturer in pre-modern history at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. She received her PhD in medieval history from the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on infertility, gender, and queenship in medieval England, and she has published articles about the English queen Anne of Bohemia in both the English Historical Review and Social History of Medicine. She has also explored how fertility struggles affected Margaret of Anjou (queen during the Wars of the Roses) and her son in a chapter for the book Unexpected Heirs. Her teaching interests include medieval England, medieval monarchy, religious pluralism in medieval Spain, the development of state-sanctioned persecution in medieval Europe, world history before 1500, and historical methodology.

She is one of the all-female all-star team behind this blog.


Cathleen Sarti (University of Mainz, Germany) did her Phd (finished) on Deposing Monarchs in England, Scotland, Denmark-Norway, and Sweden, 1500-1700 at the University of Mainz. This work added to our understanding of early modern state formation as well as of ideas and conventions of monarchical rule.

Her current research focuses on non-elite political counsellors with a focus on Denmark-Norway under the main branch of the Oldenburg dynasty (1448-1863). Aside from early modern political history and state formation, she is also interested in political culture in more general, especially taking into account sources from literature and the arts.

She is one of the all-female all-star team behind this blog.

Main publications: edited with Milinda Banerjee and Charlotte Backerra: Transnational Histories of the ‘Royal Nation’. London: Palgrave, 2017.

edited with Sonja Georgi; Julia Ilgner; Isabell Lammel and Christine Waldschmidt: Geschichtstransformationen. Medien, Verfahren und Funktionalisierungen historischer Rezeption. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015.

edited with Heta Aali and Anna-Leena Perämäki: Memory Boxes. An Experimental Approach to Cultural Transfer in History, 1500-2000. Bielefeld: transcript, 2014. (Open Access)

Memory BoxesGeschichtstransformationen


elena cvElena Teibenbacher (Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria) is a doctoral candidate working on a thesis with the title Moscow: Mother Russia, melting pot of cultures and symbol of power. Her research focusses furthermore also on cultural history, especially in early modern Russia, on
Royal Studies, and on genealogy. Publications include From the wild Tatar to the hot-blooded Cossack. The image of Asia in the course of time: Myths and prejudices from the middle ages to modern times (Master thesis, University of Graz, 2009) as well as book chapters on “Catherine II – How the Question of Legitimacy Influenced her Politics” (forthcoming), and “Sexuality, gender and propaganda – Catherine II and Vladimir Putin” (forthcoming).

She is one of the all-female all-star team behind this blog.


IMG_1325.1_jpegA California native, Andy McMillin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medieval Studies from the University of California at Davis, and has obtained credentials from University of Oxford, in English Local History and a Mres degree from the University of Reading in Medieval Studies. She is currently completing a degree of Mphil with the University of Reading in History.

Andy’s MRes Thesis covering aspects of religious patronage of Edward IV and Richard III, has been published by the American branch of the Richard III society.

She is also a nationally ranked equestrian and award winning artist. When not working on her current degree program she works with her Half-Arabian gelding “Scottsdale King” along with her two daughters.

She will begin further studies in the fall of 2019, with the University of Winchester as a PhD candidate in History specializing in early modern queens.

She is one of the all-female all-star team behind this blog.