Curriculum Vitae

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2022 – Ph.D. in English Literature (In Progress)
2018 – M.A. in English Literature
University of Pennsylvania

2016 – M.A. in English Literature
Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Medieval Studies
The Ohio State University

2014 – Bachelor of Arts and Science in Honours Environment (First Class)
Minor in English Literature
McGill University

Publications and Digital Projects

Refereed Web Publications


  • Malcolm, Aylin. “In the Orbit of the Sphere: Sacrobosco’s De Sphaera Mundi in UPenn MS Codex 1881.” Manuscript Studies 5.1 (Apr 2020).

Digital Projects

  • Malcolm, Aylin. An Astronomical Anthology: Digital Edition of UPenn LJS 445. Sep 2019.
  • Malcolm, Aylin. The World of the Sphere: Diagrams from De Sphaera Mundi. Aug 2019.
  • Malcolm, Aylin. Scanning the Skies: A Virtual Exhibit of Astronomy Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. Mar 2019.

Awards and Honours


  • Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (2016-21).
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (2019-20).
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (2019).
  • Distinguished University Fellowship, Ohio State University (2014-15).

Awards and Grants

  • GAPSA Research Student Travel Grant, University of Pennsylvania (2019).
  • Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship (2019).
  • Grant-In-Aid for “Creating Nature” Conference, Folger Institute (2019).
  • GAPSA Event Funding for Medievalists @ Penn Conference (2019; 2018).
  • SASgov Event Funding for Medievalists @ Penn Conference (2019; 2018).
  • Working Group Grant for Trans Literacy Project, Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women (2018-19).
  • Grant-In-Aid for “Digging the Past” Seminar, Folger Institute (2018).
  • SASgov Travel Grant, University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2018; Spring 2018).
  • Delmas Foundation Scholarship, California Rare Book School (2018).
  • Marco Manuscript Workshop Travel Grant, University of Tennessee (2015).

Conference Participation

Papers Presented

  • Deforestation and Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale (Roundtable). New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, Durham University (Jul 12-16, 2020).
  • Like a Sturgeon: Fishy Business in the Late Middle Ages (Roundtable). International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (May 7-10, 2020).
  • Around the World in Eighty Ways: Diagramming the Cosmos in UPenn MS Codex 1881. Schoenberg Symposium, University of Pennsylvania (Nov 21-23, 2019).
  • Medieval Ecology and Dorigen’s Grisly Black Box. International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (Jul 1-4, 2019).
  • Clean Living: Ecology, Apocalypse, and the Middle English Cleanness. Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, University of of California, Davis (June 26-30, 2019).
  • Cetacean Relations: Whales in Medieval Romance and Science. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (May 9-12, 2019).
  • “Sa nature peot hum guenchir”: Interspecies Kinship in Marie de France’s Fables (Roundtable). International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (May 9-12, 2019).
  • Glossing Astronomy in the Late Middle Ages. Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, Princeton (Apr 26-27, 2019)
  • Fish: Friends, or Food? Medieval Perspectives on Aquatic Animals. Global Prehumanisms, University of Illinois (Oct 18-20, 2018).
  • Planh and Plants: The Vegetal Contexts of Troubadour Laments. South Central Modern Language Association Convention, San Antonio (Oct 11-13, 2018).
  • “For They Kan Nat the Craft”: Art(ifice) and Chaucer’s Robotic Horse. Animals: Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference, University of Oxford (Jun 28, 2018).
  • “Le diable qui parle par ta bouche”: Vulgar Language from Mankind to Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-Soeurs. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (May 10-13, 2018).
  • Swearing in Church: Medieval Profanity and Québécois Sacres (Roundtable). International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (May 10-13, 2018).
  • “English Latin” and the Vulgarity Effect: Linguistic Discord in Middle English and Québécois Drama. Vagantes, University of Minnesota (Mar 22-24, 2018).
  • Snips, Snails, and Paper Trails: The Secrets of Penn Ms. Codex 627. Reading the Natural World: ACMRS Conference, Arizona State University (Feb 8-10, 2018).
  • A Horsly Gyn: Chaucer’s Squire as Poetic Engineer. Auctoritas: Medievalists @ Penn Conference, University of Pennsylvania (Mar 17, 2017).
  • “Verdiers d’amor”: Nature and Culture in the Troubadour Albas. Vagantes, Rice University (Feb 18-20, 2016).
  • Eden and the East: Medieval Travellers on the Edge. Midwest Modern Language Association Convention (Nov 12-15, 2015).
  • Velum Scissum Est: Unveiling the Contents and Contexts of a Liturgical Fragment. Texts and Contexts, Ohio State University (Oct 30-31, 2015).
  • “No Gret Mervayle”: Truth and Nature in The Book of John Mandeville. Vagantes, University of Florida (Feb 19-21, 2015).
  • Origins, Functions, and Transformations of an Italian Musical Palimpsest (Poster). Marco Manuscript Workshop, University of Tennessee (Feb 6-7, 2015).

Exhibits Curated

  • Scanning the Skies: Astronomy and Medieval Society. Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, University of Pennsylvania (Mar 7-9, 2019).
  • Mediocre Manuscripts @ Penn. Medievalists @ Penn Conference, University of Pennsylvania (Feb 22, 2019).

Conferences Co-Organized

Panels Organized

  • Treating Animals: Veterinary Science in the Middle Ages. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (May 7-10, 2020).
  • Middle Grounds: The Politics and Aesthetics of Medieval Mediocrity. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (May 7-10, 2020).

Panels Moderated

  • Poetics and Politics of Mediocrity. Medievalists @ Penn Conference, University of Pennsylvania (Feb 22, 2019).
  • Teaching Feminist, Queer, and Trans Theory. Trans Literacy Project, University of Pennsylvania (Oct 29, 2018).
  • Poets and Their Poetry: Mutable Forms, Fluid Personas. MRGSA Graduate Conference, Ohio State University (Oct 23-24, 2015).

Teaching Experience

University of Pennsylvania

  • Science/Fiction: Literature and Scientific Thought, Past and Present (Instructor of Record; Spring 2020).
  • Pre-Freshman English Writing: Place and Belonging (Instructor of Record; Summer 2019).
  • Introduction to Shakespeare (Teaching Assistant; Spring 2018).
  • Chaucer: Medieval Poetry & Modern Performance (Teaching Assistant; Fall 2017).

The Ohio State University

  • First Year Writing (Instructor of Record; Fall 2015, Spring 2016).

ICL Group of Colleges (Haryana, India)

  • English as a Second Language (Teaching Intern; Summer 2011).

Research and Work Experience

Media and Public Writing

Blog Posts

Podcasts and Video

  • Bloch, Julia, Allison Cobb, Knar Gavin, Aylin Malcolm, and Brian Teare. “New Writing Through the Anthropocene.” PennSound Podcasts, episode 63, Kelly Writers House, Apr 2, 2019.
  • Davis, Heath Fogg. Interview with Aylin Malcolm. Alice Paul Center Podcasts, episode 2.2, Alice Paul Center, Oct 19, 2018.
  • Malcolm, Aylin, and Emily Steiner. “Lost Words.” Penn Arts and Sciences 60-Second Lectures, University of Pennsylvania, Sep 12, 2018.

Professional Service

Technical Skills and Interests

Professional Memberships

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment; Canadian Society of Medievalists; Delaware Valley Medieval Association; Digital Medievalist; International Marie de France Society; Medieval Academy of America; New Chaucer Society.



  • Advanced proficiency in Middle English
  • Reading proficiency in Latin, Old English, Old & Middle French, Old Occitan


  • Fluent French
  • Intermediate Spanish and Turkish
  • Basic Italian