about me

office croppedI teach and write about medieval English literature. My first book was English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History (Cambridge University Press, 2016), which won the 2018 English Association Beatrice White Prize. I am at work on a second book, about English meter and the division of history into medieval and modern periods. My writing on literature, politics, and higher education appears in NewsweekThe Atlantic, Vox, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and elsewhere. I edit the Yearbook of Langland Studies with Alastair Bennett and Katharine Breen. At Boston College, I direct the English MA program. For a list of courses taught, click here. In collaboration with my students, I am mapping Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and building a digital textbook for Middle English alliterative poetry. I live in Brookline, Massachusetts with my wife.


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