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English Studies

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2018
Monday & Wednesday 12:30 - 1:45

Office Information:

Room Number: Miller Hall 204
Phone: 978-665-4827

Courses Taught:

Writing I (ENGL 1100)
British Literature I: Beowulf to Milton (ENGL 2200)
World Literature I (ENGL 2400)
The Structure and Nature of Language (ENGL 2870)
Bible as Literature (ENGL 2600)
The Middle Ages (ENGL 3030)
Chaucer (ENGL 4010)


Ph.D. Medieval Studies (English, French, and Latin), University of Connecticut
M.A. Medieval Studies (French, English, and Latin), University of Connecticut
B.A. English (Summa cum Laude), University of Evansville

Research Interests:

Medieval and Renaissance British Literature
Chaucerian and Middle English Literature
Penitential History and Literature
Memory and Recollection
History of the English Language
European (esp. French) Medieval Literature 400-1450
Old English and Beowulf
Norse Literature
Classical Literature
Latin Literature

Current Projects:

Writing Memory: Reinvention and the Tradition of Confession in Middle English Literature (book)
“Julian of Norwich and the Sin of Forgetting” (article)
“Chaucerian Romance and the Temporality of Confession” (article)

Representative Publications:

Book Review:

“The Beginner’s Mindset.” What the Best College Teachers Do. Ken Bain. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2004. Currents in Teaching and Learning 5.1/2 (2012-13): 103-5.

Conference Presentations:

“Lost in the Online Wonderland”; Massachusetts Colleges Online 10th Annual Conference on eLearning Best Practices; Bridgewater State University; June 2014

“From the Monk’s Cell to the Professor’s Office”; Session: “Relevance of the Middle Ages Today”; 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies; Kalamazoo, MI; May 2014

“Once Written, Twice Remembered: The Reader, Saint Margaret, and the Devil”; Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum; Plymouth, NH; April 2014

“Teaching the Archaic in the Modern Classroom”; New England Faculty Development Consortium Fall Conference: “The Interactive Classroom: Collaboration and Learning in Higher Education”; Worcester, MA; November 2013

Conference Round Table Panel:

Co-Organizer, Roundtable; “Medievalists and the Social Media Pilgrimage: The Digital Life of 21st Century Medieval Studies #Digimedievalist,” MassMedieval; 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies; Kalamazoo, MI; May 2014


Invited Speaker, “Gawain’s Forgetfulness”; Five College Medieval Studies Seminar; UMass-Amherst; December 3, 2013


Fielding, Jennifer, Julia Hans, Frank Mabee, Kisha Tracy, Anna Consalvo, and Layne Craig. “Integrated Information Literacy and Student Outcomes in Foundational First-Year Writing.” Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (2014).

“Disability in the Medieval Literary Tradition of the Fisher King.” A World of Difference: Essays on Disability in the Middle Ages. Ed. Joshua R. Eyler (London: Ashgate, 2010). 105-18.

“Defining the Medieval City through Death: A Case Study.” Urban Space in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age. Ed. Albrecht Classen. Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture 4 (New York and Berlin: de Gruyter, 2009). 183-204.

“Character Memory and Reinvention of the Past in Béroul’s Roman de Tristan.” Tristania 24 (2006) : 1-15.