I am an Assistant Professor of English at John Carroll University. After completing an undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Chicago, I did the natural thing and completed an MA and a PhD at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. My research tends to focus on attitudes towards language, especially in multilingual contexts, and on the ways that texts can foster community, even across great distances in time and space. I am especially interested in the ways that owners and readers of books continue to participate in the making of those books. My monograph, Language and Community in Early England: Imagining Distance in Medieval Literature, was published in 2017 by Routledge. Recent or ongoing projects include papers on psalm culture and translation in Anglo-Saxon England, early modern encounters with medieval texts, and the eleventh-century Encomium Emmae Reginae.

Most of my teaching is rooted in medieval English literature, but I also teach Latin, the history of the English language, and more sociolinguistically inclined courses on English as it is used around the world today.


In memoriam: Christopher Roark (JCU Department of English)