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 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
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).
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
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)
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
Rebecca (Becky) Straple (2019-2021)
PhD Candidate in English, Western Michigan University
Thelma Trujillo