Educational Background & Specialties
- Ph.D.: English, University of Toronto, 1996.
- M.A. : English, University of Toronto, 1991.
- B.A.: English and History, Rutgers University, Henry Rutgers Scholar, 1990.
- Old English language and literature
- literatures and cultures of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages
- medieval Latin literature
- Middle English literature
- literary theory
- traditions of exegesis, historiography and geography in the Middle Ages
- science-fiction, fantasy, and horror literature
- Old English I
- Old English II
- Textual Analysis
- Monsters, Marvels and the Uncanny in the Western Tradition (honors)
- Survey of Medieval English Literature
- Medieval Hagiography
- ENGL 1001 Introduction to Literature
- Babylon Under Western Eyes: A Study of Allusion and Myth, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.)
- “Courtly Love on Mars: E. R. Burroughs and the Medieval Lineage of Planetary Romance,”Medieval Science Fiction, ed. Carl Kears and James Paz, King’s College London Medieval Studies (London: Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, King’s College London, 2016), 201-216.
- “Transition and Renewal: Jews and the Church Year in Anglo-Saxon England” in Imagining the Jew in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture, ed. Samantha Zacher (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016), 108-127.
- “Beowulf Handbooks and Guides,” Teaching Beowulf in the 21st Century, ed. Allen J. Frantzen, Howell D. Chickering, and R.F. Yeager (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2014).
- “Sacred History and Old English Religious Poetry” in The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature, 500-1150, ed. Clare Lees (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 406-26.
- “Space and Place” in A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies, ed. R. Trilling and J. Stodnick (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 197-213.
- "Beowulf and the Emergent Occasion," Literary Imagination 11.1 (2009): 83-98.
- "The Historiographic Dimensions of Beowulf,"Journal of English and Germanic Philology 107.3 (2008): 281-302.
- The Footsteps of Israel: Understanding Jews in Anglo-Saxon England (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004). Link
- "Babylon and Anglo-Saxon England," Studies in the Literary Imagination 36.1 (2003): 37-58.
- “Bodies and Boundaries in the Old English Life of St. Mary of Egypt,”Neophilologus 84 (2000): 137-156.
- “Anti-Judaism in Ælfric’s Lives of Saints,” Anglo-Saxon England 28 (1999): 65-86.
- "Somatic Ambiguity and Masculine Desire in the Old English Life of Euphrosyne,”Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory and Medieval Studies 11.2 (1999): 345-61.
- Donald V. Hawkins Professorship, Department of English, University of Minnesota, 2015 - 2018
- McKnight Presidential Fellow, 2007 - 2010
- Solmsen Residential Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008 - 2009
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2007 - 2008
- John Nicholas Brown Prize (2008) of the Medieval Academy of America
- Best First Book Prize (2005) of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS)