BA English Language and Literature (Oxford, 1988); MPhil English Studies (Oxford, 1990); DPhil (Oxford, 1994)

Academic background

Following studies at Jesus College, Oxford (1985–91) and University College, Oxford (1991–92), I was made the Fulford Junior Research Fellow at St Anne's College (1992–94), becoming a Lecturer at Keble College in 1994 and then Somerville College in 1995. From 1998 to 2004 I was Lecturer in Medieval Literature and Culture in the School of Humanities, University of Southampton.

Undergraduate teaching

I primarily teach Old and Middle English language and literature, with particular emphasis on medieval poetry, and The English Language.

Research interests

My research centres on late medieval English (particularly 15th century) literature and culture (with authors including Langland, Hoccleve, Audelay, Pecock, Skelton and More); scholasticism, humanism and their impact on vernacular writing; relationships and exchanges between 'clerical' and 'lay' literary and intellectual cultures during the period; and the influence of medieval French poetry (particularly Guillaume de Deguileville) on English writing in this period.

Featured publications

'Reginald Pecock's Vernacular Voice', in Lollards and Their Influence in Late Medieval England, eds. Fiona Somerset, Jill C. Havens and Derrick G. Pitard (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2003), 217–36.

'Vernacular Philosophy and the Making of Orthodoxy in the Fifteenth Century', New Medieval Literatures 7 (2005), 73–99.

‘The intellectual history of the Middle Ages’, in Palgrave Advances in Intellectual History, eds. Richard Whatmore and Brian Young (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), pp. 92–108.

‘The Opponents of John Wyclif’, in A Companion to John Wyclif, ed. Ian Levy (Leiden: Brill, 2006), pp. 407–55.

Other interests and activities

I enjoy writing poetry; yoga and meditation; film; contemporary classical and popular music of various countries; educating myself in art history, the history and practice of Buddhism; and Brazilian culture.