Invited Speaker: Invited to deliver the plenary lecture at the Undergraduate Research Conference at University of Minnesota—Morris (16 April 2016).
Invited Speaker: “Justice, Kingship, Adultery and Treason in Malory: Lancelot and Guinevere, Lovers or Traitors?” at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (18 Feb. 2016).
Invited Speaker: “Getting Medieval: Torture and Truth in the Middle Ages” at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Public Library, Washington, D.C. (4 Feb. 2016). http://badwolfdc.blogspot.com/2016/01/shaw-getting-medieval-torture-and-truth.html
Invited Speaker: Invited to give a lecture on the origins of Hallowe’en and Celtic Cultural traditions at the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Cultural Appropriation Program, “We are a Culture, Not a Costume,” at Longwood University (27 Oct. 2015).
Invited Speaker: “Wounds and Wound Repair: The Medieval Literary Surgeon in Text and Cultural Tradition” at the international symposium, “Soldiers and Surgeons: Wounds of War and Their Treatment from Prehistory to the Crusades,” organized by the University of Salzburg and Oxford University, held at the Carnuntum Archaeological Park, Austria (17–19 Sept. 2015).
Invited Speaker: “‘Without violent effusion of blood’: Cultural Anxieties of Blood and Torture in Medieval Literature” at The Blood Conference: Theories of Blood in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature and Culture held at St Anne’s College, Oxford (8–10 Jan. 2014).
Invited Speaker: “Brutalized Bodies: The Forms and Frequency of Medieval Punishment” for the Medieval and Byzantine Studies program, Catholic University in Washington, D.C. (13 Nov. 2012).
Invited Participant: “Wounded Bodies: Kingship, National Identity, and Illegitimate Torture in Arthurian Texts” at the Medieval and Renaissance research symposium “Thinking through Death: Corpses and Mortality Strategies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe” sponsored by the Duke Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Duke University, organized by Valeria Finucci (19 Oct. 2012).
Invited Speaker: “Dismantling the Myth: Medieval Torture and Modern Society” for the Global Studies Program and Political Science Department at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA (20 Sept. 2012).
Invited Speaker: “Getting Medieval: Torture and Truth in the Middle Ages” for the English Department Language, Literature, and Culture Committee at Virginia Tech University (12 April 2012).
Blackwell Scholars research seminar series: “‘Getting “Medieval’ or being ‘Modern’?: Modern Misconceptions of Medieval Torture” (Fall 200).
Participation in Women’s Studies Lecture Series: “Rending the Flesh: The Sexualization of Torture in Medieval Hagiography” (5 Oct. 2005).
Media Appearances and Interviews
Radio Interview: Guest scholar interviewed for the National Public Radio show With Good Reason, hosted by Sarah McConnell, and produced by the Virginia Foundation for Humanities, broadcast 9 April 2016. “Where Game of Thrones Begins”: http://withgoodreasonradio.org/episode/where-game-of-thrones-begins/?t=00:00:00
Media Interview: Interviewed by Kent Booty for Longwood University’s Insider and website about Wounds and Wound Repair in Medieval Culture (8 Dec. 2015). The article was also picked up by the Farmville Herald (11 Dec. 2015).
Media Interview: Interviewed by Sarah Barrott for the new website The Lone Medievalist which highlights the careers and accomplishments of scholars who are the only medievalist in their department or at their institution, as a way of building an online community (Nov. 2015).
Podcast Interview: Interviewed by Bo Luellen for the Bo Luellen Show regarding my article, “The Shame Game: Medieval Adultery, Public Shaming, and Game of Thrones” and modern ideas of medieval chivalry and literature (7 August 2015).
Radio Interview: Guest scholar interviewed for the National Public Radio show HearSay, hosted by Cathy Lewis, WHRV Norfolk Public Radio on Cersei’s Walk of Shame in Game of Thrones (17 June 2015). http://www.hearsay.org/post/All-Work-and-No-Fathering.aspx
Media Interview: Interviewed by Lily Rothman of Time Magazine for her piece: “The True History Behind Cersei’s Game of Thrones Walk of Shame” (15 June 2015). http://time.com/3921066/cersei-game-of-thrones-history/
Media Interview: Interviewed by Alan Boyle with NBC News for his piece: “Why the Walk of Shame Won’t Work on ‘Game of Thrones’” (15 June 2015).
Podcast Interview: Interviewed by Matt Murdick for Podcast Winterfell regarding my article, “The Shame Game: Medieval Adultery, Public Shaming, and Game of Thrones” (15 June 2015) (www.podcastwinterfell.com).
Documentary Interview: Guest scholar interviewed for the four-episode National Geographic/Arcadia Production documentary Deadly Journeys of the Apostles that originally aired 28 March 2015 and has aired repeatedly on the National Geographic Channel. http://natgeotv.com.au/tv/deadly-journeys-of-the-apostles/episodes.aspx?series=1
Radio Interview: Guest scholar interviewed for the National Public Radio show With Good Reason, hosted by Sarah McConnell, and produced by the Virginia Foundation for Humanities, broadcast 26 Oct. 2013. “Heroes of Medieval Literature.” https://soundcloud.com/withgoodreason/heroes-of-medieval-literature
Online Interview: Interviewed for and participated in the online Book Salon Fire Dog Lake as part of a discussion of my book Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature, 14 April 2012.
Blog Interview: Interviewed by Nicholas Evan Sarantakes author of the blog “In the Service of Clio” dedicated to academic career management, regarding the feature “Professor of Desperation” from the Washington Post Magazine. “Blog LXXXIV (84): A Twist at the End”, Thursday, 16 June 2011. http://sarantakes.blogspot.com/.
Radio Interview: Guest scholar interviewed for the National Public Radio show With Good Reason, hosted by Sarah McConnell, and produced by the Virginia Foundation for Humanities, broadcast 27 Feb. 2010. “Getting Medieval: Torture Through the Centuries.” http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2010/02/getting-medieval-torture-through-the-centuries/
Television Appearance: Guest scholar interviewed for the Discovery Channel/Pioneer Productions documentary on the Shroud of Turin, DaVinci Shroud, that originally aired 6 April 2009 and has aired repeatedly on the Discovery Channel and History Channel.
Television Appearance: Guest scholar interviewed for the National Geographic/Morning Star Production documentary Science of the Bible: The Knights Templar that originally aired 22 Feb. 2006 and has aired repeatedly on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, and National Geographic Channel.
News Magazine Interview: Featured in the Washington Post Magazine article “Professor of Desperation: Bad Pay, Zero Job Security, No Benefits, Endless Commutes. Is this any way to treat PhDs Responsible for Teaching a Generation of College Students?” by Eric L. Wee, Sunday, 21 July 2002.
Awarded: A Visiting Scholarship by the Governing body of St. John’s College, Oxford for a six weeks of resident research at the Bodleian Library, Oxford for my book project England’s Medieval Literary Heroes (15 July–20 Aug. 2016).
National Endowment for the Humanities Seminars and Institutes:
Participant: Selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Institute “Inquisitions and Persecutions in Early Modern Europe and the Americas” at the University of Maryland hosted by the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies
(June 13–July 15, 2005).
Participant: Selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities Research Seminar “The Fabliaux and the Medieval Sense of the Comic” at Yale University directed by R. Howard Bloch (June 30–Aug. 8, 2003).
Grants and Research Awards
- Visiting Scholarship, St. John’s College, Oxford (15 July– 20 Aug. 2016: Lodging/College Residency)
- Grant Recipient, Dean’s Fund for Scholarship Excellence for conference travel to Austria (2015: $1,200)
- Grant Recipient, Faculty Development Grant for research and NCS conference in Iceland and Leeds, England (2014: $5,000)
- Grant Recipient, Dean’s Fund for Scholarship Excellence for fieldwork in the Isle of Man (2013: $1,500)
- Grant from the Department of English/Modern Languages for fieldwork in the Isle of Man (2013: $1,500)
- Grant Recipient, Dean’s Fund for Scholarship Excellence for publishing subvention (2011: $1,000)
- Awarded a research sabbatical to work on book project, Castration and Culture
- NEH Summer Research Stipend (2010–2011: approx. $4,000) nominated
- NEH Summer Research Stipend (2009-2010: approx. $4,000) nominated
- Faculty Initiative Grant, Office of Graduate Studies, Longwood University
- Grant Recipient, Dean’s Fund for Scholarship Excellence for manuscript microfilm (2008: $180)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Institute, University of Maryland (2005: $3,700)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Research Seminar, Yale University
- Kathy Mincer Scholarship for Journalism (1994: $500)
- The Southeastern Medieval Association Award for Scholarly Achievement (2015)
- The Provost’s Scholarship Award (2015)
- State Council on Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award (2015) second round-nomination (university level)
- State Council on Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award (2014) first round-nomination (department level)
- Provost’s Scholarship Award (2014) nominated
- Waverly Cole Award for Undergraduate Research Mentorship (2013)
- Fields Award for Best Essay, Explorations in Renaissance Culture (2012)
- Longwood University Outstanding First Year Student Advocate (2010–2011)
- Longwood University Outstanding First Year Student Advocate (2009–2010)
- Longwood University Junior Faculty Award (2010) nominated
- Blackwell Scholars, Longwood University (2009)
- Longwood University Junior Faculty Award (2009) nominated
- SEMA Teaching Award (2009) nominated
- Student Educators of Active Leadership (S.E.A.L) Recognition (2009)
- Longwood University Citizen Leader Award (2008) nominated
- Longwood Student Athletics Certificate of Recognition (2006)
- Seminole Torchbearers Leadership Society (1995)
- Golden Key National Honor Society (1994)
- Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C. (1991)