My teaching and research interests are, broadly defined, in the intersections of medieval literature, history, and theory. In earlier projects I have explored the intersections of medieval theories and practices of queenship with romances about adulterous queens, and the ways in which gendered cultural values are mapped onto representations of blood. I have also collaborated with colleagues to write books on Chrétien de Troyes and Marie de France. My most recent books focus on Barlaam and Josaphat, a widely circulating medieval saint's life based on the life of the Buddha, and I am currently completing a book on animal-human encounters in medieval French literary texts.
Recent and Selected Publications
Co-author, with Donald S. Lopez, Jr., In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Christian Saint (NY: Norton, 2014).
Translator, Gui de Cambrai, Barlaam and Josaphat: A Christian Tale of the Buddha(NY: Penguin Classics, 2014).
Co-editor, with E. Jane Burns, From Beasts to Souls: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013).
“Skin and Sovereignty in Guillaume de Palerne,” Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistiques 24 (2012): 361-75.
Co-author, with Sharon Kinoshita, Marie de France: A Critical Companion (Boydell and Brewer, 2012).
Recent graduate seminars taught:
Sovereignty, Animality, and Intimacy in Medieval French Literature
Animal, Human, Woman: Medieval, Early Modern, Postmodern (co-taught with Professor Valerie Traub)
Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences (co-taught with Professor Robert Wyrod)
The Medieval Posthuman
The Romances of Chrétien de Troyes
Recent undergraduate courses taught:
Varieties of Translation in Medieval France
France and the Crusades
Introduction to Medieval Literature