My research focuses on late-medieval British literature and culture. Much of my work centers on war: how poets respond to the experience of war; how political theorists create international frameworks for the law of war; and how historians record the events of war. I am also interested in the construction of nations: how the meaning of names like ‘England,’ ‘Scotland,’ and ‘Britain,’ change over time.
I hold an M.A. (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and M.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where I will receive my Ph.D. in 2020.
“Forms of Writing, Forms of War: England, Scotland, France c.1300-1450.”
“‘Wereyed on every side’: Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and the Logic of Siege Warfare,” New Medieval Literatures 20 (2020): 74-106.
“A New Manuscript of Knyghthode and Bataile,” with A.S.G. Edwards (University of Kent), Medium Ævum 87.1 (2018): 137-141.
“Alliance, Antagonism, and Resistance: Scotland in the Hundred Years War.” Chapter submitted to The Hundred Years War and European Literary History.
Reference Works & Book Reviews
“The Hundred Years War” and “The Yeoman” in The Chaucer Encyclopedia, gen. ed. Richard Newhauser (Forthcoming, Wiley-Blackwell).
Bellis, Joanna. The Hundred Years War in Literature, 1337-1600 (2016). Review of English Studies, 68.283 (2017): 168-170. DOI:10.1093/res/hgw09.
“On Scottish Independence.” Interview with Calum Barnes, n+1. September 2014.