My research focuses on the same set of issues across two fields.  I work on French and comparative medieval literature and manuscripts in terms of power relations, transgression, sex, violence, the body, intersectionality, and marginalized populations.  These research interests, combined with my knowledge of technology, also relate to my work on ethical, equitable, accessible technology in human-computer interaction (HCI).  My interests also include Sanskrit, Hindi, and Tamil languages and cultures.



PhD in French studies from Penn


human-computer interaction (accepted): “Designing Post-Trauma Self-Regulation Apps for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,” The 24th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS ’22), Athens, Greece, October 2022.

humanities (forthcoming): “Failed Sadism and Masochistic Martyrdom in Christine de Pizan’s Livre de la cité des dames” (expected 2022)


humanities: With Linda Burke, an English translation and critical edition of Christine de Pizan’s Cent balades.  Our edition updates the Middle French text and includes all manuscript variants.  The existing edition from 1886 contains just a small percentage of the variants and bases its transcription on a presumed urtext.  My recent talk discusses a new finding on the Cent balades from this book project.

human-computer interaction: I work with a team that is exploring the development of applications to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to recognize, report, and respond to abuse.


Upcoming Talks and Conferences

13 May 2022, “Christine de Pizan x Ioannis Ravisii Textoris on Hero and Leander: A Readerly Pairing”

in Digital Humanities, Lyric Poetry, Textual Studies in Christine de Pizan: A Roundtable Festschrift in Honor of James Laidlaw, The 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, US.

This talk discusses a previously unexamined marginal inscription from a manuscript of Christine de Pizan’s Cent balades, Bn fr 604. This talk examines this inscription, an enhanced quotation from Jean Tixier/Joannes Ravisius Textor’s Epitheta, in terms of the reception of Christine’s Cent balades and the history of the Epitheta.

This talk features work from the in-progress critical edition and English translation of the Cent balades that Linda Burke and I are preparing.



Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing

Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction

International Christine de Pizan Society, North American Branch

Medieval Academy of America

Modern Language Association

Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

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