Former Students

Bobby Pelts (M.A. 2012)

Bobby is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at The University of Alabama. His dissertation, “Performing Chastity: Purity and Danger in the Virginal Body,” explores the changing depictions of virginity in a range of medieval and early modern drama.

Laura Godfrey (M.A. 2014)

Laura graduated with an M.A. in 2014 with her thesis, “The Devotional Significance of the Cross in Medieval Literature,” under the direction of Mary Hayes. Laura is currently a Ph.D. student in Medieval Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her work centers on lay devotion and affective piety in late medieval literature in England.

Vincent Rotkiewicz (Undergrad and M.A. Student, 2004-11)

Vincent is in the Ph. D. program at the University of Iowa, where he is finishing his dissertation, tentatively titled “Rebellion in Fourteenth and Fifteenth Century Literature: The Wife of Bath, Lucifer Pageants, and Malory.” He has spent the last several years teaching Rhetoric and Composition and is currently enjoying being a stay at home dad.

Patrick Day (B. A. 2009)

Patrick, a 2009 graduate of Ole Miss in English literature, is working on his dissertation from Florida State from afar in Raleigh, North Carolina. He currently teaches composition and literature at William Peace University. The title of his dissertation is “‘The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle’ in the Seventeenth Century: Transmission, Translation, Reception.” One of the chapters ffrom the project, “A Chronicle of Contradictions” has been accepted to the journal Explorations in Renaissance Culture and it is forthcoming in the 2017 issue of that publication. Patrick also had an article appear in the 2015 issue of Medieval Perspectives on Thomas Malory’s translation of the Roman Episode in Alliterative “Morte Arthure.”

William “Buddy” Storm (M. A. 2007)

After defending a Master’s thesis on the Pearl-poet at UM, Buddy went on to earn his Ph.D. at Marquette University. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Eastern University.