Advisory Board Directory

PRESIDENT (2020 and 2021):
Melissa Ridley Elmes
Assistant Professor of English
Lindenwood University
MElmes@lindenwood.edu
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
r.magnani@swansea.ac.uk
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
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: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 (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
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.
Current Project: completing a manuscript tentatively entitled The Life of Joan de Valence which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM EDITOR:
Jessica Boon
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor of History
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).
MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM ASSOCIATE EDITORS:
Liz Herbert McAvoy
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”
Jessica Barr
MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM BOOK REVIEW EDITOR:
Melissa Ridley Elmes
Assistant Professor of English
Lindenwood University
MElmes@lindenwood.edu
SMFS ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS:
Sharon Farmer, Founding Editor Representative (2020 and 2021)
Michelle Armstrong-Partida (2021-2022)
Jill Hamilton Clements (2021-2022)
Carissa Harris (2021-2023)
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”
Boyda Johnstone. (2021-2023)
Laura Kalas (2021-2023)
Nicole Lopez-Jantzen (2019-2021)
History, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College
Amanda McVitty (2021-2023)
Dana Oswald (2021-2022)
Shyama Rajendran (2019-2021)
Alexandra Verini (2021-2022)
GRADUATE STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS:
Kersti Francis (2020-2022)
Doctoral candidate, English, UCLA
kerstifrancis@ucla.edu
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
Rebecca (Becky) Straple (2019-2021)
PhD Candidate in English, Western Michigan University
Thelma Trujillo