About

I am a medievalist interested primarily in late-medieval England. I recently completed a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediæval Studies (Toronto, Ontario). This autumn I’m a Henderson McCain Visiting Professor at Acadia University, where I’m collaborating on a pedagogical project on teaching Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy alongside Chaucer in undergraduate classrooms.

My monograph project centres on a single manuscript, Oxford, Trinity College MS 8, also known as the Beauchamp missal. This manuscript, which belonged to Sir William Beauchamp (c. 1343 – 1411), is best known to scholars for containing the earliest exemplar of the mass for the Holy Name of Jesus. Some of my research (including my Licence in Mediæval Studies project at the Pontifical Institute) focuses on this devotion, but the Beauchamp missal holds many wonders besides.

My publications include work on Ricardian poetry (especially Chaucer and the Pearl-poet), Middle English etymologies, late-medieval dream visions, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, and the intersection of formalism and linguistics. You can find PDFs of many of these papers on the Publications page.

I grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, where I completed a B.A. in English literature. I moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, to pursue an M.A. at Acadia University. I earned my Ph.D. from McGill University in 2015. Before working at the Pontifical Institute, I held a two-year SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies.

I’ve taught at Brock University’s Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Heroic and Chivalric Literature), Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus (Medieval Poetry of the Fantastic), McGill (Poetics), and Luther College (First-year English).

You can view my CV here.

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