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Dr. Margaret Hadley

Dr. Margaret Hadley
Adjunct Faculty

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication

248-204-3509 p
248-204-2900 f

Background + Expertise

Dr. Margaret E. Hadley teaches literature, art history, architectural history, philosophy, and Honors English composition in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University utilizing andragogically-sensitive methods that support her commitment to interdisciplinary education. Her previous teaching assignments have included Islamic art and architecture, Renaissance art, and Modern architecture. Margaret graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College with a double major in Art History (Honors) and German Language and Literature. Her undergraduate thesis combined a rigorous, thorough catalogue of the pre-1600 prayer books in the Wellesley College Special Collections Library with thematic analysis of these manuscripts’ illumination. She then completed M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in the History of Art at Yale University. In order to fulfill her additional M.Phil. degree requirements in Medieval Studies at Yale she took supplemental courses and exams to prepare more thoroughly for interdisciplinary research on European art, literature, religion, and history before 1550. Margaret earned a doctorate from the History of Art Department at Yale upon the review of her dissertation: “The Yale Missal (Beinecke MS 425): Mendicant Spirituality and a Vernacular Mass Book from the Fouquet Circle.” Her dissertation highlights illuminators’ visual commentaries of one rare genre, medieval French translations of the Catholic missal, and updates the oeuvre attributable to the so-called Master of the Yale Missal (fl. Tours, France, ca. 1460-80). While doing archival research in her areas of specialty she has consulted manuscripts in libraries as far West as Los Angeles and as far East as St. Petersburg, Russia. Margaret has also published articles and catalogue entries on Master Drawings and the paleography, codicology, authorship, and illumination of pre-1600 manuscripts in American collections. She is currently writing articles on manuscript patronage and social networks, dissonances in the relationship between texts and images, the status of the vernacular, and fifteenth-century art theory. Margaret regularly shares her research at prestigious forums for scholars—including the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo and the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK—as a speaker and session organizer. She will present new research on the entrepreneurial savvy of a leading fifteenth-century painter in the session “Luxury and Consumption in Early Modern Northern European Art” at the 2011 College Art Association annual conference in Chicago.


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