I am a PhD candidate and instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I go by my first (Leah), middle (Pope), or last name (Parker), interchangeably, and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am originally from Bothell, WA (north of Seattle) and spent five years in Washington, DC before moving to Wisconsin in 2012. In July 2019, I will move to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to take up a position as Assistant Professor of English (pre-1600 British literature) at the University of Southern Mississippi!
I have successfully defended my dissertation at UW-Madison, under the direction of Martin Foys, and will have my PhD conferred in May 2019. My dissertation is titled "Embodied Lives and Afterlives: Disability and the Eschatological Imaginary in Early Medieval England." In it, I explore how ideas of disability and embodiment shaped early medieval Christian concepts of the afterlife in Old English literature. My research as a whole explores histories of disability and embodied subjectivity in the Middle Ages, alongside phenomenologies of religion and histories of medicine. While I primarily study literature and language, my work also utilizes methods from the traditional (e.g. codicology) to the cutting edge (e.g. multispectral imaging) and engages with a wide range of disciplines including history, material culture, archaeology, and sociology.
Old and Middle English literature; disability studies; digital humanities; feminist and queer theory; hagiography and homiletics; history of science/medicine; phenomenology of religion
Medieval and early modern literature (including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton); disability, race, gender, and sexuality; medievalism; Old English and history of the English language; health humanities; digital humanities
Twitter: @ParkerChronicle and @MADisability