Our Team

These scholars are contributing to the completion of the SSHRC Insight grant funded projects on medieval badges.


Ann Marie Rasmussen

Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker Memorial Chair in German Literary Studies at the University of Waterloo (2015 – present), previously a faculty member in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature at Duke University, North Carolina, for twenty-five years. Principal Investigator (PI) for the SSHRC Insight Grant, "Visual Communication and Community Formation in the Middle Ages: Medieval Badges.”

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Steven Bednarski

Professor of History, St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo, Canada. Specialist in medieval French history, gender studies, environmental history, and digital humanities.



PhD, Medieval Theology. Germany’s leading expert on medieval badges and a leading scholar of religion in late medieval and early modern Northern Germany and German-speaking lands. Author of numerous publications on medieval badges.


Hanneke Van Asperen

PhD, Art History; researcher in art history, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands; academic consultant for the Medieval Badges Foundation; affiliated with Kunera, a database of medieval badges, available online. Author of Pelgrimstekens op perkament: Originele en nageschilderde bedevaartssouvenirs in religieuze boeken. Original research uncovering in hundreds of medieval manuscripts copious traces of medieval badges, now lost, in the form of imprints, dust, or prick marks where a badge was sewn to a page.


Lloyd de Beer

Ferguson Curator of Medieval Europe, British Museum, London. Art historian and expert on medieval badges.


Torsten Hiltmann

Professor of Digital Humanities in history and cultural studies and director of the Service Center for Digital Humanities, University of Münster, Germany. Historian of late medieval visual communication; numerous publications; PI for the Volkswagen Foundation funded project on medieval heraldry, “Performanz der Wappen” (Coats of Arms in Practice).

Flora Cassen

Associate Professor of History and JMA and Sonja Van der Horst Fellow in Jewish History and Culture, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Author of Marking the Jews in Renaissance Italy: Politics, Religion, and the Power of Symbols.

Amy Jeffs

PhD expected June 2019 in medieval art history, University of Cambridge, UK. Research consultant and instructor.


Caley Mccarthy

PhD expected June 2019 in medieval French history, McGill University. Research consultant and instructor at the University of Waterloo.

Sara Fontes

BA expected June 2019 in classics, University of Waterloo. Research intern and website developer.