To be conferred May 2019
PhD in English with minor in Medieval Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Dissertation: “Embodied Lives and Afterlives: Disability and the Eschatological Imaginary in Early Medieval England”
Committee: Martin Foys (chair), Elizabeth Bearden, Jordan Zweck, Lisa Cooper, and Thomas Dale (Art History)
MA in English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
BA in Literature with Honors & BA in Theatre Arts with Honors, magna cum laude, American University, Washington, DC
“The Proleptic Fantasy of Anglo-Saxon Crusade in a Manuscript for King Henry VI,” Journal of English and Germanic Philology (forthcoming 2019). 13,910 words.
“Eschatology for Cannibals: A System of Aberrance in the Old English Andreas,” in Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World, ed. Richard H. Godden and Asa Simon Mittman (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2019). 9,425 words.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article and Book Chapter
Editions & Translations
“The Martyrdom of St. Margaret of Antioch,” translation, in The Medieval Disability Sourcebook, ed. Cameron Hunt McNabb (punctum books, forthcoming 2018). 5,820 words.
Saint Augustine of Hippo, “City of God Against the Pagans: Book XXII, Chapter 19,” translation, in The Medieval Disability Sourcebook, ed. Cameron Hunt McNabb (punctum books, forthcoming 2018). 2,587 words.
Lines 321–35 and 2851–65, Beowulf by All 1.0, a collaborative translation of Beowulf by 190 authors,
ed. Elaine Treharne and Jeanie Abbott. Hosted by Stanford Text Technologies: https://texttechnologies.stanford.edu/publications/beowulf-all.
Medieval Disability on Twitter (@MADisability). A forum bridging public interest in histories of disability, disability activism, and scholarly research on the Middle Ages and global history between ca. 500 and ca. 1500 CE. Includes threads on methods in medieval disability studies; sharing of events, publications, and calls for papers; and conversations about improving accessibility in academia. Launched June 10, 2018; over 1,200 followers.
Blog posts on writing and pedagogy, Another Word: From the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (recipient of the 2016 John Lovas Award for online knowledge-creation and community-building in rhetoric and composition from Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy):
“Medieval Monks Wrote in Their Books and So Can You,” 12 November 2018.
“Writing with Evidence in the Age of Alternative Facts,” 11 September 2017.
“The Impact of Writing Center Outreach: Empirical and Anecdotal Evidence,” 7 November 2016.
Co-editor (with Heather Wacha), Digital Mappa Library of Stains Data Visualization Project, hosted by UW-Madison. Launched 1 November 2018.
Public lecture (with Heather Wacha): “A Library of Stains: Using Multispectral Imaging to Analyze Stains in Medieval Manuscripts,” Wisconsin Alumni Association and Wisconsin Public Television series: Wednesday Nite @ the Lab. Available online.
The Library of Stains Project conducted multispectral imaging and spectral curve analysis of medieval and early modern manuscripts across five U.S. institutions, supported by a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship microgrant, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Primary investigators: Alberto Campagnolo, Erin Connelly, and Heather Wacha.
The Digital Grave
Editor and translator, “The Grave,” Digital Mappa edition hosted by the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Scheduled for release in January 2019.
“The Grave” is a late Old English/early Middle English poem, which survives in the twelfth-century manuscript Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 343. This edition pioneers digital “polyglossing” of word forms with respect to linguistic transition, which both looks back toward Old English and looks forward toward Middle English, as a resource for teaching History of the English Language.
Multispectral Imaging of the Exeter Book
I am the primary investigator in an international collaborative project between scholars of medieval literature, medical physics, and archival preservation to analyze the tenth-century manuscript known as the Exeter Book (the largest surviving collection of poetry in Old English) using multispectral imaging. Our goals are to recover text that is currently obscured by stains, characterize those stains and other material damage to the manuscript, and develop new avenues for public engagement with the manuscript and its home, Exeter Cathedral. Currently we are negotiating logistics and approvals for the imaging process.
Watch: A public presentation surveying approaches to the study of disability in the Middle Ages. (Wednesday Nite @ the Lab, 19 December 2018)
Selected Research Presentations
Invited Lectures & Conference PResentations
“Project Report: New Imaging of the Exeter Book,” International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Conference (Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM).
By invitation: “Sexual Assault and Salvation in the Sermo Lupi ad Anglos,” ICMS: International Congress on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo, MI).
By invitation: “Disability in the Early British Literature Survey: Beowulf to Phillis Wheatley,” roundtable: “Disability and Pedagogy,” ICMS (WMU, Kalamazoo, MI).
By invitation: “A Short History of Disability in Medieval Europe: Medicine, Religion, Art, and Poetry,” public lecture, Wisconsin Alumni Association and Wisconsin Public Television series: Wednesday Nite @ the Lab (UW-Madison). (Video above.)
“A Poetics of Neurodiversity in Hoccleve’s ‘Compleinte,’” NCS: New Chaucer Society Biennial Meeting (Univ. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada).
“‘Se bið mihtigre se ðe gæð þonne se þe crypð’: Metaphoric Disability in the Old English Boethius,” International Society of Anglo-Saxonists panel for New Voices in Anglo-Saxon Studies, International Medieval Congress (Univ. of Leeds, England, UK).
By invitation: “Medieval Disability, or What We Call Disability Today,” roundtable: “Medieval Disability Studies: Then and Now,” ICMS (WMU, Kalamazoo, MI).
By invitation: “Light of the Everlasting Life: Disability, Xenophobia, and Anglo-Saxon Apocalypticism,” plenary address, MadLit Graduate Conference (UW-Madison).
“Aberrant Bodies in The Dream of the Rood,” roundtable: “Premodern Disability,” MLA: Modern Language Association Annual Convention (Philadelphia, PA).
“Legible Flesh: Healing the Dead Body in Ælfric’s Lives of Ss Æthelthryth and Edmund,” Embodying Life and Death: The Body in Anglo-Saxon England (Durham Univ., Durham, England, UK).
“Saracens, Saints, and Kings: Crusade Contexts for British Library, MS Harley 2278,” Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM).
“Martyrdom, Aberrance, and the Very Special Dead in Lydgate’s Lives of Ss Edmund and Fremund,” ICMS (WMU, Kalamazoo, MI).
“Disability, Superability, and the Bodies of Medieval Saints,” MLA (Vancouver, BC, Canada).
“Printing the Medieval Author, Imagining English Literary Histories,” MLA (Vancouver, BC, Canada).
“Spiritual Prosthesis: Bodily Aberrance in Medieval Hagiography,” NCS (Univ. of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland).
“Prosthetic Hagiography: Disability and Healing in Ælfric’s Life of St Swithun,” ICMS (WMU, Kalamazoo, MI).
Advanced research proficiency in Old English, Middle English, Medieval Latin
Reading proficiency in French, German