Advisory Board Directory

President 2020 and 2021): 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: Failed Ritualized Feasts and the Limitations of Community in Branwen ferch Lyr. Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Studies Colloquium 38 (2018; pub. 2020). 201-215; Treason and the Feast in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur. Treason: Medieval and Early Modern Adultery, Betrayal, and Shame. Ed. Larissa Tracy. (Leiden: Brill, 2019). 320-339; Public Displays of Affliction: Women’s Wounds in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur, Modern Philology 116.3 (2019), 187-210; Compassion and Benignytee: A Reassessment of the Relationship Between Canacee and the Falcon in Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale. Medieval Feminist Forum 54.1 (2018), 50-64.
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 female friendship in medieval literature, fairies and power, and teaching Beowulf.
Vice-President (2020 and 2021): Roberta Magnani
Secretary (2020 & 2021): Kathryn Maude 
Treasurer & Membership Coordinator (2018-2024): 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 Emare, 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 (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.
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).
Chris Africa
Librarian, University of Iowa
Liz Herbert McAvoy
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”
Jessica Barr
Melissa Ridley Elmes
Assistant Professor of English
Lindenwood University
Research and Publications: See above, “President”
Sharon Farmer, Founding Editor representative (2020 and 2021)

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
Kathryn Maude (2019-2021)
Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the American University in Beirut
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).
Nicole Lopez-Jantzen (2019-2021)
History, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College
Marjorie Housley (2019-2021)
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”
Shyama Rajendran (2019-2021)
Kersti Francis (2020-2022)
Doctoral candidate, English, UCLA
Research Interests: Gender and sexuality studies, the history of magic, Old French literature, Middle English literature, the history of science
Recent Publications: “Fetishizing the Past: Troilus and Criseyde, Sadmomasochism, and the Historophilia of Modern BDSM,” in Painful Pleasures: Sadomashochism in Medieval Cultures (forthcoming, Manchester University Press, 2021); “Alchemy, the Liber Aureus, and the Erotics of Knowledge,” Medieval Feminist Forum (forthcoming, 2021).
Current projects: Dissertation project: “Queer Magic: Sodomy, Sin, and the Supernatural in the Later Middle Ages”
Jenny C. Bledsoe (2018-2020)
Assistant Professor of English
Department of Languages and Literature
Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow
Research interests: religious literature, including saints’ lives and sermons; Early Middle English; manuscript studies
Recent publications: “Sympathy for the Demon: Affective Instruction in the Katherine Group,” New Medieval Literatures 18 (2018); “Materially-Engaged Reading in the Writing Classroom,” Pedagogy 19.1 (Winter 2019); “Women’s Work and Men’s Devotions: Fabrics of the Passion in ‘O Vernicle,'” Medieval Feminist Forum (forthcoming 2020).
Current projects: Special issues of the journal Early Middle English on Reclusion and Materiality, co-edited with Michelle M. Sauer; book project, Tactile Affects: Materiality and Feeling in Medieval British Literature
Rebecca (Becky) Straple (2019-2021)
PhD Candidate in English, Western Michigan University