Assistant Professor of English
Office: Herring Hall 235
After receiving my Ph.D. in medieval English Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington, I spent two years at the University of California, Santa Barbara as the Arnold Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of English. My work has been supported by an NEH Summer Teaching Institute at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography at the Huntington Library. My articles on medieval romance, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower and his Iberian translators, and the theoretical figure/concept of the Neighbor have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Exemplaria, South Atlantic Review, Literature Compass, and E.S. Revista de Filología Inglesa. My current book project is a comparative analysis of the shared romance traditions of England and Iberia from the vantage of Mediterranean Studies. The book argues for a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of Christian-Muslim relations and religio-geographic representation in the western Mediterranean across the medieval story traditions of Fierabras, Floire and Blancheflor, and Constance in their Middle English and Castilian versions. The book’s ambition is to unsettle dominant interpretive frameworks within English-oriented Medieval Studies and the study of medieval romance in general that tend to overlook Iberian texts and contexts and that tend to associate literary representations of Islam solely with crusade and the Orient or East. A second book project will merge neighbor theory with the insights of ecocriticism and new materialisms to elucidate the ethical dilemmas of choice and action that append interrelations among diverse beings, especially when those relations are vexed.
My teaching interests within the centuries we dub the “Medieval” are diverse. Temporally, they range from the literature and language of Old English up through the Early Modern period, and I can even be enticed beyond. Geographically, my teaching interests range from the literature of the British Isles to the European subcontinent, and into the Mediterranean region. My courses regularly incorporate postcolonial theory, critical race studies, theories of gender/sexuality, the environmental humanities, and theories of neighboring. I am always most interested when things get messy and intertwined—that is, in the way definitions, binaries, and representations turn out to be not nearly so simple as they may first appear.
I use feminine pronouns, I am a sucker for really good chocolate, and I spend my off-campus time re-reading my favorite books, hiking, swimming, and other outdoor activities, and raising two spunky kids.
Recent Awards, Grants, and Fellowships:
2019, McMurtry College Outstanding Faculty Associate
2019, HRC Faculty Teaching Release Fellowship
2018, McMurtry College Distinguished Faculty Associate
2017, Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Teaching
Gender & Sexuality, Postcolonial & Transnational Studies, Race & Ethnicity, Ecocriticism & Environmental Humanities, Medieval Literature.
Ph.D., Indiana Univeristy, Bloomington, 2013