President (2018 and 2019): Linda Mitchell
Martha Jane Phillips Starr / Missouri Distinguished Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of History
University of Missouri-Kansas City
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.
Current Project: completing a manuscript tentatively entitled The Life of Joan de Valence which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Vice-President (2018 and 2019): Melissa Ridley Elmes
Assistant Professor of English
Lindenwood University
Research interests: Literatures and cultures of the British Isles, including Old and Middle English, Anglo-Norman, Welsh, and Old Norse; Arthuriana; violence; feasts and feasting; women and gender
Recent publications: “Conduct and Character: The Overlooked Importance of Feast Scenes in The Geste of Robyn Hood,” Medieval Perspectives 31 (2017), 25-36 (In press, January 2018); Melusine’s Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth (with Misty Urban and Deva Kemmis, Brill, 2017); “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 Pardoner’s Tale.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 22.1 (Spring 2015), 75-85; “Episodic Arthur: Merlin, Camelot, and the Medieval Romance Tradition,” Television Medievalisms. Ed. Karolyn Kinane and Meriem Pags. (Jefferson: McFarland, 2015), 99-121; “Author as Nation-Crafter: Teaching The Lord of the Rings in an Epic Literature Course,” Approaches to Teaching Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works. Ed. Leslie A. Donovan. (New York: MLA, 2015), 176-183.
Current projects: Negotiating Violence at the Feast in Medieval British Texts (monograph in progress); Violence and the Feast in Arthurian Literature (monograph in progress); Teaching Celtic Literature in the Generalist Classroom (ed. with Mathieu Boyd); Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Texts (ed. with Kristin Bovaird-Abbo), essays on women’s wounds in Malory, treason in Malory, female friendship in Chaucer, and a new interpretation of The Squire’s Tale
Secretary (2011-2018): Dorothy Kim
Assistant Professor of English,
Vassar College
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 (2018-2024): Vickie Larsen (through summer2018)/Amy Vines
Associate Professor of English
Director of Undergraduate Studies
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
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:Who-so wylle of nurtur lere: Domestic Capabilities in the Middle English Emar, The Chaucer Review, 53.1 (January 2018), pp. 82-101; Invisible Woman: Rape as a Chivalric Necessity in Medieval Romance, Sexual Culture in Medieval Britain, ed. Amanda Hopkins, Robert Rouse, and Cory James Rushton (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2014), pp. 133-147; The Rehabilitation of Patronage in Hoccleves Series, Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures 2.2 (Fall 2012), pp. 201221; 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.
Current projects: Chivalric Apocrypha: Alternate Constructions of Knighthood in Medieval Literature (monograph in progress); Wooing Women and Rape Culture in Medieval Romance (article in progress for edited collection).
Past-President (2016 & 2017): Liz Herbert McAvoy
Professor of Medieval English Literature
Swansea University, Wales
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.’
Wendy Hoofnagle
Past-President, SMFS (2011-2013)
Associate Professor of French
University of Northern Iowa
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.
Chris Africa
Librarian, University of Iowa
Jessica Boon
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor of History
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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
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
Research interests and publications: See above, “Treasurer and Membership Coordinator”
Helene Scheck
Director, Medieval/Renaissance Studies Program
Department of English
The University at Albany
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
Melissa Ridley Elmes
Assistant Professor of English
Lindenwood University
Research and Publications: See above, “Vice-President”
Elizabeth Robertson, Founding Editor Representative (2017-2019)
Professor and Chair of English Language
University of Glasgow
Research Interests: Anglo-Saxon and Middle English literature; religion and gender in Anglo-Saxon and Middle English poetry; poetics; medieval Welsh poetry
Medieval and Early Modern Devotional Objects in Global Perspective: Translations of the Sacred (ed. with Jennifer Jahner, 2010); Early English Devotional Prose and the Female Audience (1990)
Jessica Barr (2016-2018)
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Research interests: Visionary writers; hagiography; dream vision poetry; womens writing; theories of reading
Selected publications: Imagined Bodies: Intimate Reading and Divine Union in Gertrude of Helftas Legatus, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures43.2 (2017): 186-208; Visionary Staycations: Meeting God at Home in Medieval Womens Vision Literature, Medieval Feminist Forum52.2 (2016): 70-101;The Secret Chamber of Her Mind: Interpreting Inner Experience in the Vita of Beatrice of Nazareth,Exemplaria23.3 (2011): 219-41; Willing to Know God: Dreamers and Visionaries in the Later Middle Ages(Ohio State UP, 2010).
Bettina Bildhauer (2018-2020)
Professor of German Literature
University of Saint Andrews
Research interests:medieval German narrative literature, medievalism (especially in film), material things, gender, bodies, global Middle Ages
Selected publications: The Middle Ages in the Modern World, ed. Bettina Bildhauer and Chris Jones, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017); Nibelungenfilme als Mittelalterfilme: Fritz Lang, Harald Reinl, Uli Edel, Quentin Tarantino und die Gegenwart vergangener Gewalttaten in Volker Gall (ed.), Vom finsteren zum bunten Mittelalter (Worms: WormsVerlag, 2017), pp. 7388
Current Project: The Untold Stories of Medieval Things (funded monograph project on material things as represented in Middle High German narratives and their global sources)
Jonathan Hsy (2018-2020)
Associate Professor of English
The George Washington University
Research interests:multilingualism and translation; disability history and cultural theory; adaptation and global medievalism; media studies and digital humanities
Selected publications:Thinking Across Tongues special issue of postmedieval (co-editor with Mary Kate Hurley and A.B. Kraebel, 2017), Ability/Disability: The Monks Tale (Open Access Companion to The Canterbury Tales, 2017); Disability (Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature, 2015); Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and Medieval Literature (Ohio State UP, 2013); various essays in Accessus, Early Modern Women Journal, postmedieval, and PMLA
Current Projects: Co-director (with Candace Barrington), Global Chaucers (forthcoming essay collection in Literature Compass); co-editor (with Tory Vandeventer Pearman and Joshua R. Eyler), Cultural History of Disability in the Middle Ages; monograph on disability and life-writing in late-medieval culture
Erin L. Jordan (2017-2019)
Associate Professor
Old Dominion University
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)
Janine Larmon Peterson (2018-2020)
Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Marist College
Research interests: Gender, cultural and religious history of late medieval Italy, cultural interaction in the Mediterranean basin
Recent publications: Visions, Inquisitors, and Challenges to Christian Doctrine in the Later Middle Ages, English Language Notes 56 (forthcoming 2018); See What is Beneath Your Clothes: The Spectacle of Public Female Dissections in Early Modern Europe, in Gender Scripts in Medicine and Narrative, eds. Angela Laflen and Marcelline Block, 2-31 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010); Holy Heretics in Later Medieval Italy, Past and Present 204 (2009): 3-31; monograph, Disputed Sanctity: Popes, Inquisitors, Communities, and Contestation in Late Medieval Italy (under review); article, Women, Power, and Religious Dissent: Why Women Never Became Heresiarchs, for Between Orders and Heresy: Rethinking Medieval Religious Movements, eds. Anne E. Lester and Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane (under review).
Current Projects: Article, Healing the Social Body: Female Saints and Civic Participation in Late Medieval Italy (in progress); monograph, The Supernatural and the Female Body in the Middle Ages (in progress).
Anneliese Pollock Renck (2017-2019)
Assistant Professor
Carroll College
Samantha Katz Seal (2017-2019)
Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire
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; “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”
Nicole Nolan Sidhu (2017-2019)
Associate Professor of English
East Carolina University
Recent Publications: Indecent Exposure: Gender, Politics and Obscene Comedy in Middle English Literature (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)
Marjorie Housley (2017-2019)
Research Interests: early medieval vernacular literature; queer theory; affect theory; history of the emotions.
Forthcoming Publications: The Noble Way You Blushed: Queering Mourning Verse in the Ulster Cycle, in Knowing Sorrow: Grief, Gender, and Identity in the Middle Ages, ed. Lee Templeton (Leiden: Brill).
Dissertation: “Gender, Emotion, and Erotics in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and Norse Heroic Literature”
Jessica Ward (2016-2018)
PhD Candidate in English
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Research interests: Medieval literature and culture,with special interest in ethics, theology, law, and gender.
Dissertation: “Penitentials to Poetry: The Literary Critique of Avarice in Fourteenth-Century England” explores how major Middle English vernacular authors of the late fourteenth century William Langland, John Gower, and Geoffrey Chaucer draw on penitential discourses to give avarice, an abstract vice, literary form.
Jenny C. Bledsoe(2018-2020)
PhD Candidate in English
Emory University
Research interests: religious literature, including saints’ lives and sermons; Early Middle English; manuscript studies
Recent/forthcoming publications: Sympathy for the Demon: Affective Instruction in the Katherine Group, New Medieval Literatures 18 (forthcoming 2018); Women’s Work and Men’s Devotions: Fabrics of the Passion in O Vernicle, Medieval Feminist Forum (accepted and under review for special issue, ed. Irina Dumitrescu); Materially-Engaged Reading in the Writing Classroom, Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 19.1 (forthcoming Winter 2019).
Dissertation: “The Katherine Group and the Construction of Medieval Literary History” examines the early thirteenth-century Katherine Group, its manuscript context, and reception history through a feminist lens.