About me

I am a Professor of English, specializing in medieval literature, at the College of Charleston, where I’m also Chair of the English department. I co-founded and edit the award-winning journal postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, and I am a founding member and treasurer of the BABEL Working Group.

At the College of Charleston, I teach courses in medieval literature and culture, the history of the English language, the introduction to the early British literature, and composition.

For Fall 2017, I am teaching ENGL 361 (Medieval Women).

In Spring 2017, I taught ENGL 361 (Medieval Natures) and ENGL 299 (Introduction to English Studies).

In Fall 2016, I taught ENGL 360 (Future Perfect Human) and ENGL 299 (Introduction to English Studies).

In Spring 2016 I taught ENGL 361 (Reading Medieval Manuscripts) and ENGL 201 (British Literature to 1800).

In Fall 2015 I taught in the Honors Sophomore Colloquium (Western Civ) program after a long hiatus, and taught ENGL 304 (Chaucer), also after a long hiatus.

In Spring 2015, I taught ENGL 299 (Introduction to English Studies) and ENGL 461 (senior seminar: Feeling Medieval).

In Fall 2014, I taught ENGL 201 (British Literature to 1800), ENGL 309 (English Language: Grammar and History), and ENGL 365 (Medieval Object Ecologies).

Recent publications:

A fantastic online resource for students of Chaucer, the Open-Access Companion to the Canterbury Taleswhose editorial collective of five  scholars includes me.

A chapter on Women’s Experience and the Manciple’s Tale for the Open-Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales.

A book I co-edited with Eileen Joy, Fragments for a History of a Vanishing Humanism, part of the Interventions: New Studies in Medieval Culture series of Ohio State University Press (2016).

A special journal issue I co-edited with Allan Mitchell and Julie Orlemanski on “Critical/Liberal/Arts” appeared in December 2015: postmedieval 6.4.

A collection I co-edited for punctum books, called Dark Chaucer. (This, like all punctum books publications, is available for free as an electronic download, and you may also purchase a print-on-demand copy for just $15.)

In Dark Chaucer, I have an essay on Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess and Sir Orfeo called “Disconsolate Art.”

I co-edited Burn After Reading (Vol. 1: Miniature Manifestos for a Post/medieval Studies) with punctum books, published in May 2014.

I published a journal article based on my experiences teaching the senior seminar “Medieval Prime Time” appeared, called “Medieval Prime Time: Entertaining the Family in Fifteenth-Century England—and Educating Students in Twenty-First-Century America.” It is part of a special issue of the journal Pedagogy on “Teaching Off the Grid” (that is, using non-canonical texts in the medieval English literature classroom).

I wrote the chapter on “Late-Medieval Conduct Literature” in the History of British Women’s Writing, 700-1500 (ed. Liz Herbert McAvoy and Diane Watt).

I regularly organize conference sessions, symposia, and conferences, and give talks to a range of audiences:

In July 2016 at the New Chaucer Society in London, I gave a talk on “Knowing Things.”

I presented a paper on “Everyday Ecologies” at the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan in May 2016.

I organized with Asa Simon Mittman a session for the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan in May 2016 on “A Better Recipe for Peer Review.”

I organized another session, with Molly Lewis, on “Posthuman Natures” for the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium in April 2016.

At the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium in April 2016 I was a respondent to the session “Natural Elements.”

In January 2016 I presented a paper on “In Pursuit of a Postsecular Posthumanities” at the Modern Languages Association conference in Austin, TX.

In Fall 2015 I presented a response to the “Sweaty Scholar” session at the 4th Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group at the University of Toronto; the conference them is “Off the Books,” and I am co-organizing the conference.

In May 2015 I gave a talk at the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan celebrating the 25th anniversary of Carolyn Dinshaw’s Chaucer’s Sexual Poetics.

October 2014 held the BABEL Working Group’s third biennial conference in Santa Barbara, California. I co-organized this conference, whose theme is “On the Beach: Precariousness, Risk, Forms of Life, Affinity, and Play at the Edge of the World.”

In July 2014 at the meeting of the New Chaucer Society in Reykjavik, Iceland, I presented a paper called “The Book Abides.”

At the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in May 2014, I presented the talk “Romance’s Ends: Fortifying the Family in a Middle English Household Book.”

In May 2014 I gave a talk, “Objects of Correction: How the Book Fashioned the Household in Late Medieval England,” at the Center for the Humanities at Oregon State University.

I presented the talk “Penitential Objects and the Late Medieval English Household Book,” at the University of British Columbia in May 2014.

In April 2014, I led a research seminar at the University of Victoria on “Testimonial Objects: How the Book Fashioned the Household in Late Medieval England.”