I am Professor of English at California State University, Northridge, where I have taught since August 1999. Prior to coming to Northridge, I taught at the University of Missouri, Columbia from 1997-1999. I received my MA at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and my PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic from the University of Cambridge in England. I work on medieval language and literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the fourteenth century with a special emphasis on Old English and early Middle English. My early work was on the history of the English language during the Old English period, especially the development of phonology and its dialects. More recently I have worked on regional and cultural diversity in historiographical and romance literature.
I have strong interests in using technology for both research and teaching and am working to understand how the growing field of Digital Humanities can expand our knowledge of an access to the cultures of the Middle Ages. In 2010 I established the CSUN Center for the Digital Humanities, of which I am currently director.
My Digital Humanities work includes the NEH-Funded Lexomics Project, which studies literature using digital methods and produces the computational text analysis tool Lexos. I am also co-Director of the Archive of Early Middle English project, which produces digital editions of English manuscripts written between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries and of the 4Humanities WhatEvery1Says project, which text mines public discourse in order to produce tools for Humanities advocacy. In the past, I also worked as a designer/developer for the online search tool Serendip-o-matic as part of the One Week | One Tool project.
At Cal State Northridge I teach courses on Old and Middle English literature, Chaucer, History of the English Language, and the Digital Humanities. I have also taught a variety of early British survey courses, writing about literature, Tolkien and medievalism, English grammar, and interdisciplinary courses on Scottish Culture and the Early Modern World.
This site is built using the Python-Flask framework and the Whoosh library for indexing and searching. The blog is generated by the Pelican static site generator, making this something of a hybrid dynamic-static site. I coded this site from scratch because of none of the various blogging tools and platforms available met my precise needs. It is still in the testing phase, so there may be some bugs, and changes should be expected. I hope to have a blog post about the making of this site soon.