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.
Recent publication: 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: 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 Pardoners Tale.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 22.1 (Spring 2015). 75-85.
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)
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: 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.
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; 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).
Bettina Bildhauer (2018-2020)
Professor of German Literature
University of Saint Andrews
Jonathan Hsy (2018-2020)
Associate Professor of English
The George Washington University
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 Peterson (2018-2020)
Associate Professor, Department of History, and Coordinator of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Marist College
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.