Prior to coming to Cal State Northridge in 1999, I taught at the University of Missouri, Columbia from 1997-1999. I received my MA at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and my PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic from the University of Cambridge in England. I work on medieval language and literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the fourteenth century with a special emphasis on Old English and early Middle English. My early work was on the history of the English language during the Old English period, especially the development of phonology and its dialects. More recently I have worked on regional and cultural diversity in historiographical and romance literature.
I have strong interests in using technology for both research and teaching and am working to understand how the growing field of Digital Humanities can expand our knowledge of an access to the cultures of the Middle Ages. In 2010 I established the CSUN Center for the Digital Humanities, of which I am currently director.
My Digital Humanities work includes the NEH-Funded Lexomics Project, which studies literature using digital methods and produces the computational text analysis tool Lexos. I am also co-Director of the Archive of Early Middle English project, which produces digital editions of English manuscripts written between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries and of the 4Humanities WhatEvery1Says project, which text mines public discourse in order to produce tools for Humanities advocacy. In the past, I also worked as a designer/developer for the online search tool Serendip-o-matic as part of the One Week | One Tool project.
At Cal State Northridge I teach courses on Old and Middle English literature, Chaucer, History of the English Language, and the Digital Humanities. I have also taught a variety of early British survey courses, writing about literature, Tolkien and medievalism, English grammar, and interdisciplinary courses on Scottish Culture and the Early Modern World.
With Zhang, C., Feng, W., Steffens, E., de Landaluce, A., and LeBlanc, M.D. (2018). “Lexos 2017: Building Reliable Software in Python”. Journal of Computing in Small Colleges. 33:6 (2018): 124-134.
With Nichols, R., K. Nielbo, E. Slingerland, U. Bergeton, and C. Logan. “Modeling the Contested Relationship between Analects, Mencius, and Xunzi: Preliminary Evidence from a Machine-Learning Approach.” The Journal of Asian Studies 77, no. 1 (2018): 19-57.
"Frið and Grið: Laȝamon and the Legal Language of Wulfstan." In Reading Laȝamon’s Brut: Approaches and Explorations, edited by Rosamund Allen, Jane Roberts, and Carole Weinberg, DQR Studies in Literature 52 (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013), pp. 391-417.
"Frið and Fredom: Royal Forests and the English Jurisprudence of Laȝamon’s Brut and Its Readers." Modern Philology 109.1 (2011): 17-41.
"Philological Inquiries 2: Something 'Old,' Something 'New': Material Philology and the Recovery of the Past" (with Michael D.C. Drout). The Heroic Age 13 (2010).
"Philological Inquiries 1: Method and Merovingians" (with Michael D.C. Drout), The Heroic Age 12 (2009).
"Service." In Reading The Lord of the Rings, ed. Robert Eaglestone (London: Continuum, 2006), pp. 138-148.
"Animal Imagery and Oral Discourse in Havelok's First Fight. "Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 35 (2004): 311-327.
The Æðelen of Engle: Constructing Ethnic and Regional Identities in La3amon's Brut." Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 16.1 (2004): 95-130.
"The Legend of Havelok the Dane and the Historiography of East Anglia." Studies in Philology 100:3 (2003): 245-277.
"Iron-Clad Evidence in Early Medieval Dialectology: Old English isern, isen, and iren." Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 98:4 (1997): 371-390.
Online and Digital Humanities Projects
Co-Director, 4Humanities “WhatEvery1Says” Text Mining Project.