Directory

SMFS OFFICERS

President (2016-2018): Liz Herbert McAvoy
Professor of Medieval English Literature
Swansea University, Wales
e.mcavoy@swansea.ac.uk
Research interests: medieval women’s literature, particularly from the 12th to the 15th centuries; medieval anchoritism and devotional texts; spaces of enclosure.
Recent publications: “‘O der lady, be my help’: Women’s Visionary Writing and the Devotional Literary Canon”, The Chaucer Review 51.1 (2016), Special Issue, Women’s Literary Culture and Late Medieval English Writing, ed. Liz Herbert McAvoy and Diane Watt: 68-87; “‘Flourish like a garden’: Pain, Purgatory and Salvation in the Writing of Medieval Religious Women”, Medieval Feminist Forum 50.1 (2014), Special Issue, The Medieval hortus conclusus: Revisiting the Pleasure Garden, ed. Liz Herbert McAvoy: 33-60.
Current projects: Principal Investigator on a two-year research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust entitled: “The Enclosed Garden: Pleasure, Contemplation and Cure in the hortus conclusus 1100-1450″; member of international research network funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Principal Investigator Diane Watt, ‘Women’s Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon.’
Vice President (2016-2018): Linda Mitchell
Martha Jane Phillips Starr / Missouri Distinguished Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of History
University of Missouri-Kansas City
mitchellli@umkc.edu
Research interests: Medieval British Isles, esp. 1100-1500; Aristocratic women and families, esp. in the British Isles; Legal and administrative history in the Medieval British Isles; Feminist, Intersectional, and Postcolonial Theory.
Recent publication: completing a manuscript tentatively entitled The Life of Joan de Valence which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Secretary (2016-2018): Dorothy Kim
Assistant Professor of English,
Vassar College
dokim@vassar.edu
Research interests: Early Middle English, 13th-century English religious devotion, Jewish/Christian relations
Recent publications: “Matthew Paris, Visual Exegesis, and Apocalyptic Birds in Royal MS. 14 C. VII” in the British Library Journal (Spring, 2014); “Female Readers, Passion Devotion, and the History of British Library MS Royal 17 A. xxvii” in Journal of the Early Book Society 15 (June, 2012), pp. 153-214.
Current projects: Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel eds. Disrupting the Digital Humanities (punctum books, forthcoming); Digital Archive Project: Project Co-Director, “An Interactive, Online Archive of Early Middle English” Funded by the NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant; 2013-2015; Ancrene Wisse and the Jews (monograph in progress); Crusader Rhetoric and the Katherine Group (monograph in progress)
Treasurer & Membership Coordinator (2016-2018): Vickie Larsen
Associate Professor of English.
University of Michigan, Flint
vlarsen@umflint.edu
Research Interests: Editorial handling of Middle English literatures in early print.
Recent publications: “Constant inward looking: Medieval Devotional Literature, and the Concordium-Fruitlands Library” Studies in Medievalism 24 (2015): 75-88; “Hagiographic Ambition, Fabliau Humor, and Creature Comforts in The Book of Margery Kempe” in Exemplaria 25.4 (Winter 2013): 284-302;Julian of Norwich in the Fifteenth Century: The Material Record, Maternal Devotion, and London, Westminster Cathedral Treasury MS” Journal of the Early Book Society 14 (2011): 41-73.
MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM EDITOR
Wendy Hoofnagle
Past-President, SMFS (2011-2013)
Associate Professor of French
University of Northern Iowa
wendy.hoofnagle@uni.edu
Recent publications: The Continuity of the Conquest: Charlemagne and Anglo-Norman Imperialism (Penn state University Press, 2016); “Technology in the University and the Death of Socrates” in Literature Compass 9.12 (December 2012), pp. 1010-1015.
MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM MANAGING EDITOR
Chris Africa
Librarian, University of Iowa
chris-africa@uiowa.edu
MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM ASSOCIATE EDITORS
Jessica Boon
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
jboon@email.unc.edu
Research interests: Medieval/Early Modern Christianity and late medieval/early modern Spain
Recent publication: The Mystical Science of the Soul: Medieval Cognition in Bernardino de Laredo’s Recollection Method. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).
Jennifer Edwards
Associate Professor and Chair of History
Manhattan College
jennifer.edwards@manhattan.edu
Research interests: history of monasticism; the cult of the saints; women, gender, and power; medieval France; medicine, healing, and disease.
Recent publications: “My Sister for Abbess: Fifteenth-Century Power Disputes over the Abbey of Sainte-Croix, Poitiers,” Journal of Medieval History 40. 1 (2014), pp. 85-107; “‘Man Can be Subject to Woman’: Female Monastic Authority in Fifteenth-Century Poitiers” Gender & History 25.1 (2013), pp. 86-106.
Current projects: monographs on “Superior Women: Medieval Female Authority in Poitiers’ Abbey of Sainte-Croix” and “Holy Healing: Saints and Urban Leprosaria in the Middle Ages”
Amy Vines
Associate Professor of English
Director of Undergraduate Studies
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
anvines@uncg.edu
Research Interests; literature and culture of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England, with concentrations in women’s readership, textual studies, patronage, and medieval romance.
Recent Publications: Women’s Power in Late Medieval Romance. (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2011) ; “Fictions of Patronage: The Romance Heroine as Sponsor in John Metham’s Amoryus and CleopesJournal of the Early Book Society 13 (2010), pp. 139-168; “Lullaby as Lament: Learning to Mourn in Middle English Nativity Lyrics” in Laments for the Lost: Medieval Mourning and Elegy, Jane Tolmie and M. Jane Toswell, eds. (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2010), pp. 201-223.
BOOK REVIEW EDITOR, MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM
Helene Scheck
Director, Medieval/Renaissance Studies Program
Department of English
The University at Albany
hscheck@albany.edu
Recent publications: “Reading Women at the Margins of Quedlinburg Codex 74” in Blanton, Virginia (ed. and introd.); Mara, Veronica (ed. and introd.); Stoop, Patricia (ed. and introd.); Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Hull Dialogue. (Turnhout: Brepols; 2013), pp. 7-18; “Nuns on Parade: Memorializing Women in Karolus Magnus et Leo Papa” in Cotter-Lynch, Margaret (ed. and introd.); Herzog, Brad (ed. and introd.); Glenn, Cheryl (preface); Reading Memory and Identity in the Texts of Medieval European Holy Women. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 13-38
Kristin Canzano Pinyan
PhD Candidate in History
Rutgers University
kcpinyan@eden.rutgers.edu
Research interests: the social, cultural and gender history of late medieval England
Dissertation: “Changing Understandings of Gentility: Status, Gender and Social Opportunity in England, c. 1400-1530”
Current project: an article-length project on expressions of national identity in a fifteenth-century English book of hours
SMFS ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Roberta Krueger, Founding Editor Representative (2015-2017)
Burgess Professor of French
Hamilton College
rkrueger@hamilton.edu
Research Interests: Old French courtly romance, medieval French women writers, and courtesy books and moral education from the 12th to the 15th centuries
Books: Women Readers and the Ideology of Gender in Old French Courtly Verse Romance (1993) and The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance (2000)

Jessica Barr (2016-2018)
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
University of Massachusetts Amherst
jbarr@umass.edu
Research interests: Visionary writers; hagiography; dream vision poetry; women’s writing; theories of reading
Selected publications: “Modeling Holiness: Self-Fashioning and Sanctity in Late-Medieval English Mystical Literature,” in Sanctity and Literature: Interfaces of the Text and the Holy in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century England, ed. Anke Bernau and Eva van Contzen (Manchester, UK: University of Manchester Press, 2015); “The Secret Chamber of Her Mind: Interpreting Inner Experience in the Vita of Beatrice of Nazareth,” Exemplaria 23.3 (2011): 219-41; Willing to Know God: Dreamers and Visionaries in the Later Middle Ages (Ohio State UP, 2010).
Melissa Ridley Elmes (2017-2019)
Assistan Professor of English
Lindenwood University
MElmes@lindenwood.edu
Research interests: Medieval British Isles, esp. 1100-1500; particularly violence, feasts and feasting, Arthuriana, outlaws, female friendship, and women’s literate practices
Recent publications: “He Dreams of Dragons: Alchemical Imagery in the Medieval Dream Visions of King Arthur.” Arthuriana 27.1 (Spring 2017). 73-94; “Prdn me? Txt spk, Middle English, and Chaucer’s Pardoners Tale.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 22.1 (Spring 2015). 75-85; “Episodic Arthur: Merlin, Camelot, and the Medieval Romance Tradition.” Television Medievalisms. Eds. Karolyn Kinane and Meriem Pags. (Jefferson: McFarland, 2015). 99-121.
Current projects: monographs on “Violence at the Feast in Medieval British Texts” and “Violence at Medieval Arthurian feasts”; edited collection, “Melusine’s Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth” (with Misty Urban and Deva Kemmis, under contract with Brill); edited collection on food and feasting in premodern outlaw tales
Erin L. Jordan (2017-2019)
Associate Professor
Old Dominion University
ejordan@odu.edu
Research interests: Gender, monasticism, political culture, environmental history; Central Middle Ages, Low Countries/Northern France, Latin East
Recent publications: “Hostage, Sister, Abbess: The Edgy Life of Iveta of Jerusalem,” forthcoming, Medieval Prosopography; “Roving Nuns and Cistercian Realities: The Cloistering of Religious Women in the Thirteenth Century,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 42:3 (2012), 597-614, “Gender Concerns: Monks, Nuns and Patronage of the Cistercian Order in Thirteenth-Century Flanders and Hainaut,” Speculum, 87:1 (2012), 62-94, and “The Women of Antioch: Gender, Power and Political Culture in the Latin East” (in progress).
Roberta Magnani (2017-2019)
r.magnani@swansea.ac.uk
Laura Saetveit-Miles (2015-2017)
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages
University of Bergen
Laura.Miles@uib.no
Recent Publications: “The Origins and Development of Mary’s Book at the Annunciation,” Speculum 89/3, 632-669; “Looking in the Past for a Discourse of Motherhood: Birgitta of Sweden and Julia Kristeva,”Medieval Feminist Forum, Volume 47.1, 52-76. “Richard Methley and the Translation of Vernacular Religious Writing into Latin” in After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth Century England, ed. by Vincent Gillespie and Kantik Ghosh (Turnhout: Brepols), pp. 449-466.
Anneliese Pollock Renck (2017-2019)
Samantha Katz Seal (2017-2019)
Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire
Samantha.seal@unh.edu
Research interests: Chaucer, Middle English literature, Gender, Reproduction, Medieval Bodies, Judaism, Disability Studies
Recent Publications: Reading Like a Jew: The Physicians Tale and the Letter of the Law, The Chaucer Review 52.3, forthcoming July 2017; The Canon Yeomans Tale: Invention, Discovery, Problem-Solving, and Innovation, The Open Access Companion to The Canterbury Tales, forthcoming August 2017; Pregnant Desire: Eyes and Appetites in The Merchants Tale, The Chaucer Review 48.3 (January 2014), 284-306.; Miraculous History: Fictions of Text and Body in a Ritual Murder Trial, Religion & Literature 44.1 (Spring, 2012)
Current Projects: Monograph, “Father Chaucer: Generating Authority in The Canterbury Tales”
Leah Schwebel (2015-2017)
Assistant professor of English
Texas State University
leah.schwebel@uconn.edu
Research interests: Chaucer, Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Roman poetry, intertextuality and allusion, vernacularity, and authorship.
Recent publications: “Redressing Griselda: Restoration through Translation in the Clerk’s Tale,” Chaucer Review 47 (January 2013): 274-299; “Simile Lordura, Altra Bolgia: Authorial Conflation in Inferno XXVI,” Dante Studies 130 (2012): 47-65.
Current projects: “The Legend of Thebes and Literary Patricide in Chaucer, Boccaccio, and Statius,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 36 (forthcoming 2014); “Allusive Remodeling in the Legend of Lucrece,” Chaucer and the Italian Renaissance, Helen Fulton, ed. (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, forthcoming 2014).
Nicole Nolan Sidhu (2017-2019)
Associate Professor of English
East Carolina University
SIDHUN@ecu.edu
Recent Publications: Indecent Exposure: Gender, Politics and Obscene Comedy in Middle English Literature (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)
Amy Vines (2015-2017)
Associate Professor of English
Director of Undergraduate Studies
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
anvines@uncg.edu
Research Interests; literature and culture of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England, with concentrations in women’s readership, textual studies, patronage, and medieval romance.
Recent Publications: Women’s Power in Late Medieval Romance. (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2011) ; “Fictions of Patronage: The Romance Heroine as Sponsor in John Metham’s Amoryus and CleopesJournal of the Early Book Society 13 (2010), pp. 139-168; “Lullaby as Lament: Learning to Mourn in Middle English Nativity Lyrics.” inĀ Laments for the Lost: Medieval Mourning and Elegy, Jane Tolmie and M. Jane Toswell, eds. (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2010), pp. 201-223.
GRADUATE STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Marjorie Housley (2017-2019)
Jessica Ward (2016-2018)
PhD Candidate in English
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Jennifer Freeman (2015-2017)
PhD Candidate in Religious Studies
Vanderbilt University
Dissertation working title: “Erasing God: Carolingians, Controversy, and the Ashburnham Pentateuch”