Eileen Morgan

Graduate Fellow, 2021-22

Eileen Morgan’s research considers the intersection of medieval natural philosophical theory and common practice in recipes. By tracing the widespread medieval phenomenon of roasting peacocks and serving them in their skin as if they were alive, Morgan's interdisciplinary dissertation applies complex adaptive systems theory and network visualization to argue that medieval culinary recipes constitute a form of artisanal epistemology entangled with both Aristotelian natural philosophy and medieval racializing discourses prior to the Atlantic slave trade.

In addition to the Nanovic Graduate Fellowship, Morgan's doctoral research is supported by a Richard and Peggy Notebaert Premier Fellowship, an NDIAS Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, a Duffy Fellowship, and generous grants from the Nanovic Institute and the Medieval Academy of America.