B.A., English, Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Medieval Studies, University of York
I am currently completing my dissertation on medieval romance and historiography. My project, "Beyond Romance, History and Genre in England, 1066-1400," investigates the relationship between historical literary genres and national identity in post-Conquest England. A portion of my fourth chapter, "Guy of Warwick and the Active Life of Historical Romance in Piers Plowman," is forthcoming in the Yearbook of Langland Studies (2014).
I am also a recipient of the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2013-14 as well as graduate Fellow at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, where I am undertaking a digital humanities/book history project, creating an online scholarly resource on fifteenth-century genealogical rolls and helping to develop a web application that aids in the viewing of non-codex manuscripts.
During the summer of 2012, I taught a seminar on "pulp fictions" of English romance, medieval to modern, for the Liberal and Professional Studies program and in 2010-11, two semester of a Critical Writing course, “The Once and Future King,” that explored Arthuriana through the ages. In addition to my research and teaching, I coordinated the Medieval and Renaissance Seminar with Marissa Nicosia in the 2012-2013 academic year.
I have recently completed a 3-year project with the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI) in which I transcribed a late-fifteenth-century Latin chronicle of the kings of England (UPenn Ms Roll 1066) and helped to create a freely available online version of the text. The project was partially funded by the Richard III Society and may be accessed here.
In my precious spare time, I can usually be found devouring some lengthy Victorian novel or knitting until my fingers bleed.