About

I am a medievalist interested primarily in late-medieval England. I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Centre for the Arts in Society at Leiden University. I am part of the team teaching Philology courses, including Old and Middle English language and literature as well as the second-year History of the English Language course. In addition, I am part of the tutor team for the International Studies programme based out of The Hague, where I assist with the Cultural Studies course.

A current 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 focuses on this devotion, but the Beauchamp missal holds many wonders besides.

My publications include studies of Ricardian poetry (especially Chaucer and the Pearl-poet), Middle English etymologies, late-medieval dream visions, the works 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. After working in literary publishing for a couple of years, I held a two-year SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies. In 2018 – 2019, I was Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Medi√¶val Studies (Toronto, Ontario). Later in 2019, I returned to Acadia University as a Henderson McCain Visiting Professor, where I collaborated on a pedagogical project focused on teaching Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy¬†alongside Chaucer in undergraduate classrooms.

I’ve also 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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