Academic CV

Current Position Postdoctoral Researcher (Assistante Post-doctorale), University of Bern / Swiss National Science Foundation

Project: Canonicity, Obscenity, and the Making of Modern Chaucer (COMMode), led by Prof. Dr. Mary Flannery

Positions Held University Instructor in English Language, Westgate Corporation (providing university level language training on Japanese university campuses)

Kanto Region, Japan

Assistant in Medieval English, Department of English Language and Literature, Université de Genève

Geneva, Switzerland



09.2013 – 08.2018

Sessional Tutor and Occasional Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney

Centre for Medieval Studies, Department of History, Centre for European Studies, Department of English

Sydney, Australia

Various contracts, 2010-2013
Other Employment: Legan transcription, ESL teaching, proofreading, administration. Details available upon request.
Education PhD, Department of English Language and Literature, Université de Genève – ‘Friendship Between Men and Women in Middle English Arthurian Romances and their French Sources’. Awarded 31.8.18 with mention trés honorable and felicitations de jury.

Supervisor: Professor Guillemette Bolens

09.2013 – 08.2018
  CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), Cambridge English Language Assessment via International House, Sydney 09.2012 – 11.2012
  M.Phil, Medieval Studies, University of Sydney – ‘Same-sex friendship in Le Chevalier au Lion: a Social Reading of Chrétien de Troyes’ romance of Yvain’.

Supervisor: Dr Andrea Williams

02.2010 –


  B.A. (Hons), Medieval Studies and French, University of Sydney 02.2005 –


Commendations, Awards and Grants 2018 Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize (Australian and New Zealand Medieval and Early Modern Society), for ‘Female Homosociality and the Marriage Plot: Women and Marriage Negotiation in Cligés and Le Chevalier au Lion’, Parergon, 33.1 (2016)

Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Sydney – federally funded stipend for selected postgraduate research students


02.2010 – 11.2011

Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Research Support Scheme, University of Sydney – funds awarded to support manuscript consultation in France and England 07.2011

For a complete list of courses taught, see my teaching history.

Teaching Highlights
Université de Genève: developed and delivered seminars in Old and Middle English, including all syllabus design tasks, administering e-learning, and overseeing final papers and revisions.

Developed (read, recorded, edited) audio texts for use in teaching Middle English reading skills

  University of Sydney (as sessional tutor and occasional lecturer):

MDST 2613 Sex and Sin in the Middle Ages: gave 5 of 12 lectures.  Collaborated with Dr Juanita Ruys on course design, assigned texts and assessment development, and administered the Blackboard site.

In MDST 2611 and 2614, organised tutorial group excursions to the Rare Book Collection for introductory codicology workshops

Student commendations: received 3 anonymous student commendations (in 2011 and 2013) for teaching in Medieval Studies

Events and Sessions Organised ‘Losing Their Heads: Beheading Narratives, Gender, and Social Roles’ – Conference Session, Leeds IMC 2017 07.2017
  Medieval Palaeography Study Group, English Department, University of Geneva – organised with Sarah Brazil 03.2017 –


  English Department Film Club, University of Geneva 09.2015 –


  ‘Emotion and Culture in the Middle Ages’ – CUSO Doctoral

Workshop, with Mary C Flannery and Sarah Brazil

‘Elusive Affection’ – Conference Session, Leeds IMC 07.2015
Middle English Reading Group, University of Sydney 04.2011 –


Selected Conference and Workshop Talks ‘Grammar and Body in translation: Grisandolus as genderqueer figure in the Suite Merlin and Middle English Prose Merlin’, Fiesole Digital Early Career Symposium

‘Cross-dressing and cross-species sex: the obscene spectacle of the sow and the lions in the Prose Merlin’, Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2018



  ‘Lancelot in the Friend Zone: opposite-sex friendship as unstable ground in the Stanzaic Morte Arthur’, CUSO Fortnightly Workshop in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Geneva

‘A Tale of Two Kings: Masculinity, Race, and the Medieval in C. S. Pacat’s Captive Prince Trilogy’, Leeds IMC



  ‘Text-Image Relationship in Medieval and Modern Arthuriana’, with Olivia Gunduz-Lindem, SAMEMES Biennial Congress, Zurich 09.2016
Professional Training CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), Cambridge English Language Assessment via International House, Sydney 09-11.2012
  University of Sydney Teacher Training Courses:

  • E-learning training (Blackboard), 2012
  • Tutor’s Development Program, 2011
Affiliations and Memberships
  • International Arthurian Society, Australian Branch
  • Society for the History of Emotions