About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also completing certificates at the Price Lab for Digital Humanities and the Penn Center for Teaching and Learning.

Before coming to Penn, I earned an M.A. in English at The Ohio State University, with an interdisciplinary specialization in Medieval & Renaissance studies, and a Bachelor’s of Arts & Science in Honours Environment (First Class) at McGill University.

I am committed to cultivating open, interdisciplinary conversations through my research and teaching. My research interests include the multilingual literatures of England from the twelfth century to the sixteenth, the history of ecological science, and digital manuscript studies. Recently, I have also written on robots in Middle English poetry, obscenity in medieval English and modern Québécois drama, and the decline of the European sea sturgeon. I have taught courses on literature and science, medieval and early modern literature, and English composition. I can also frequently be found at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, where I am currently the Brizdle-Schoenberg Fellow in the History of Material Texts, and served as the editorial assistant of Manuscript Studies from 2018 to 2021.

Please feel free to contact me at malcolma[at]sas.upenn.edu.