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I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where I teach early literature survey courses, history of the English language, and special topics courses in medieval and early modern British literature at the undergraduate and master’s level. On this website, you will find pages about my teaching and research, including courses I have designed, my materially-engaged pedagogy, my work on several digital editions of medieval manuscript rolls, and announcements about upcoming conference sessions and other news.

Based on primary manuscript research at the British Library, Bodleian Library, National Library of Wales, and special collections libraries in the U.S., my publications focus on book history and material culture, religious literature, and gender studies. My articles have appeared in New Medieval Literatures, the Journal of Medieval Religious CulturesMedieval Sermon Studies, Notes & Queries, and Pedagogy, and I have one forthcoming in Medieval Feminist Forum. With Michelle M. Sauer, I am editing a special issue of Early Middle English (2.2, Oct. 2020) on reclusion and materiality. At the intersection of literary studies, book history, and the history of the emotions, my current book project—titled Tactile Affects: Materiality and Feeling in Medieval British Literature—analyzes how manuscripts engage readers’ senses and emotions through materiality. As affective instruction, medieval religious literature evokes, scripts, and contains a range of emotions and associated physiological reactions (like penitence and tears) through experiences with real or imagined material objects.

Within medieval studies, I have organized many conference sessions and several conferences, including the 2018 meeting of the Medieval Academy of America at Emory and the 2012 conference “Preaching the Saints” at Harvard University. I am an elected member of the advisory board for the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship. Outside of medieval studies, I am an advocate for higher education issues. Addressing the (ultimately defeated) graduate student tax proposal, I published op-eds in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and MLAgrads (the website of Modern Language Association’s Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession), and I was featured in The New York Times. U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga) entered my Atlanta Journal-Constitution column into the Congressional record on November 16, 2017, as the House debated the proposed bill.

During 2018-2019, I was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at Agnes Scott College. I received my PhD in English from Emory University. My dissertation focused on Early Middle English religious literature (the Katherine Group), manuscripts, and the group’s reception history up to the present, including the influence of Sir Robert Cotton’s antiquarianism and J. R. R. Tolkien’s early scholarship. Before coming to Emory for my PhD, I received a master’s degree in Religion, Literature, and Culture from Harvard University, and I studied English Literature and Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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