The Academic

It began as a kid reading my dad’s old science fiction paperbacks and studying ancient mythologies…

I have a deep passion for Medieval English including Anglo-Saxon (Old English) and Middle English languages and literature with scholarship focusing on the heroic code and homosocial identity formation in Anglo-Saxon literature and conceptions of gender identity and heroism in Middle English chivalric narratives. I am fascinated by Medievalism in modern culture including cinema, science fiction and fantasy literature, and especially online gaming. I am also interested in digital media rhetoric and composition, especially identity formation in electrate spaces specifically in the online gaming community.

While I left academia some time ago, I still have a deep love for learning and inspiring others to learn and take the next steps in their academic journey. Here you’ll find an explanation of my composition pedagogy, a sample first year composition assignment, abstracts of my conference presentations, and samples of my digital work.

My research interests include:

  • Medievalism in modern culture including cinema, gaming, and science fiction and fantasy literature
  • The heroic code and homosocial identity formation in Anglo-Saxon literature
  • Conceptions of gender identity and heroism in Middle English chivalric narratives
  • Early Celtic literature and mythology
  • Identity formation in online gamer social circles