Chair, Division of Languages & Literature, Professor of English, Ralph S. Collins Professor in the Humanities


B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Cornell University

Areas of Expertise

The Middle Ages; English grammar

Teaching Areas

Shakespeare, Chaucer, History of the English Language, Advanced Rhetoric and Grammar, early Western literature

Can Provide Commentary on These Issues

I have done media presentations on Appalachian English and on American dialects.

Other Information

My recent scholarly work has involved computer applications in the humanities: an electronic edition of a Middle English literary work, and digital audio of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.