Advisory Board Directory

PRESIDENT (2022 and 2023):
Roberta Magnani
VICE PRESIDENT (2020 and 2021):
Nicole Lopez-Jantzen
Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen is an Associate Professor of History at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she teaches courses on pre-modern Mediterranean, modern European, and women’s history, as well as methods and theory in history. Her recent research has focused on race, gender, and sexuality in early medieval Italy, as well as the uses of the early medieval past in modern Italian nation building. Additionally, she is on the editorial board of postmedieval, and is the early middle ages book review editor for Speculum.
SECRETARY (2020-2023):
Kathryn Maude
Kathryn Maude is assistant professor of women and gender studies at the American University of Beirut, where she also directs the Women and Gender Studies Initiative. She works on early Medieval English women and writing, and her book Addressing Women in Early Medieval Religious Texts came out with Boydell and Brewer in 2021. She is also interested in the history of borders, and her new project focuses on letters and letter writing.
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 Cleopes’ Journal 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 (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.
Jennifer Edwards
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: Superior Women: Medieval Female Authority in Poitiers’ Abbey of Sainte-Croix (Oxford, 2019), and Daily Life of Women in Chaucer’s England (ABC-CLIO, 2022)
Current projects: A monograph on “Holy Healing: Saints and Leprosy in Medieval Europe,” and a Reacting to the Past game on “Christine de Pizan and the Querelle des Femmes.”
Jessica Barr, Comparative Literature, University of Massachussetts-Amherst
Liz Herbert McAvoy, English, Swansea University
E. Ann Matter, Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Lynn Shutters, English, Colorado State University
Melissa Ridley Elmes
Sharon Farmer, Founding Editor Representative (2020 and 2021)
Michelle Armstrong-Partida (2021-2022)

Lucy C. Barnhouse (2022-2024)
Arkansas State University
Projects: Houses of God, Places for the Sick (forthcoming monograph, AUP); Beyond Cadfael: Medieval Medicine and Medical Medievalism (forthcoming co-edited volume, Trivent Press)
Research interests: hospitals and medicine, religious women, canon law

Daisy Black (2022-2024)
Dr. Daisy Black is a lecturer in English literature, and has published on gender, anti-Semitism and time in medieval biblical drama. Her other research interests include the performance of food on the medieval stage; medieval depictions of Jews; spectatorship; medieval lay theology; women and queer figures in performance and medievalism in modern board game cultures. As a theatre practitioner, medieval storyteller and playwright, Daisy has produced creative work for bodies as diverse as the Royal College of Physicians, Manchester Cathedral and the National Waterfront Museum. She is one of the BBC / AHRC New Generation Thinkers.

Jill Hamilton Clements (2021-2022)

Carissa Harris (2021-2023)
Associate Professor of English
Temple University
Research Interests: late medieval English and Scottish literature; gender and sexuality; rape and consent; trans-historical connections; women’s anger; misogyny and misogynoir
Recent Publications: Rape Culture and Female Resistance in Late Medieval Literature (co-edited with Sarah Baechle and Elizaveta Strakhov; Penn State, 2022); “The Ethical Challenge of Chaucerian Scholarship in the Twenty-First Century” (co-edited with Sarah Baechle), The Chaucer Review 56.4 (2021); “Teaching Consent: Medieval Pastourelles in the Undergraduate Classroom,” New Chaucer Studies: Pedagogy and Profession 2.1 (Spring 2021): 10-17; “Crooked Instruments: Obscene Scribal Creativity in Oxford, Bodleian MS Laud Misc. 416,” Modern Philology 118.4 (2021): 447-69.
Current Projects: The Poetics of Rage: Women’s Anger, Misogyny, and Political Power in Premodern Britain (monograph in progress)

Boyda Johnstone (2021-2023)
Dr. Boyda Johnstone ( is Assistant Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College (City University of New York). Her research interests include late medieval dream visions and interpretation, rape and consent, ekphrasis, manuscript circulation, and early theatre. In addition to composition and literature survey courses, she teaches early period literature and drama at BMCC. She is also a delegate for the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the union that represents 30,000 faculty and staff at CUNY.

Laura Kalas (2021-2023)

Amy Livingstone (2022-2024)
Amy Livingstone is the Head of the School of History and Heritage and Professor of History at the University of Lincoln. UK. Her research focuses on the history of the aristocracy in eleventh and twelfth-century France. She has published widely on the history of women and the aristocratic family. Her books include Out of Love for My Kin: Aristocratic Family Life in the Lands of the Loire, c. 1000-1200 and Medieval Lives: The World of the Beaugency Family, c. 1000-1292. In 2017 she was awarded the Medieval Academy/CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Livingstone is the co-editor of the newly re-launched journal, Medieval People. Her current research project is writing the life of Countess Ermengarde of Brittany.

Sara McDougall (2022-2024)
Amanda McVitty (2021-2023)
Dana Oswald (2021-2022)

Alexandra Verini (2021-2022)
Alexandra Verini is an assistant professor of English at Ashoka University. She specializes in late medieval and early modern women’s religious culture and has recently completed a book on women’s spiritual utopias, English Women’s Spiritual Utopias, 1400-1700
New Kingdoms of Womanhood
(Palgrave MacMillan, 2022).
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

Christine James Zepeda (2022-2024)

Thelma Trujillo (2021-2023)
Thelma Trujillo is a third-year PhD student in the Department of English at The University of Iowa. Her previous work has focused on the construction of female sanctity and gender in Old English hagiography; on ethnic and racial boundaries in Beowulf; and on medieval appropriations in contemporary art and poetry. She is interested in premodern critical race studies, travel narratives, and the borderlands in the medieval period.