About Me

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

I am interested in cultivating open, interdisciplinary conversations through my research as well as my teaching. My research interests include English and French poetry of the late Middle Ages; medieval ecological science; and the history of material texts. Most recently, I have written on literary representations of engineering and robotics; obscenity in medieval English and modern Québécois drama; and the reading practices associated with interactive manuscript diagrams, such as volvelles. My teaching experience includes a first-year composition course at OSU, which focused on media representations of science and technology, and courses on Chaucer and Shakespeare at Penn. I also work at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, where I serve as the editorial assistant of Manuscript Studies.

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