Research and Teaching

I recently retired after more than twenty-five years of teaching.

Most commonly, I taught the Harry Potter series, Tolkien, medieval literature, and contemporary fantasy.

By training, I am a medievalist, and I am delighted to have more time to read in my field.

I am not at present publishing academic research.  My work focused on direct address in medieval and early modern drama. While still in graduate school I founded the Duquesne University Medieval and Renaissance Players, a troupe dedicated to producing early drama.  The group still exists and performs.  In June 2015, my medieval drama class performed a play for the Festival of Early Drama and we were thrilled to find ourselves rubbing elbows with my former production troop.

I also published and presented on Tolkien, Harry Potter, and memes as literary criticism.

My large-scale projects at UMD included the Mithril Turtle, six week, twenty-odd event series commemorating the 60th anniversary of Lord of the Rings.


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