Medieval Castilian and Catalan Chivalresque Texts, Renaissance Literature and Culture, Gender Studies, Women Writers, Iconography, Chronicles, Travel Writing, Medieval Manuscripts


My research has been primarily devoted to the literature and culture of the Iberian Peninsula during the medieval and early modern period. My interests are Castilian and Catalan chivalresque and Arthurian texts, and the works of various Iberian authors such as Francesc Eiximenis, Ramon Llull, Alfonso and Teresa de Cartagena, Juan de Flores, Fernando de Rojas and Isabel de Villena. I have also worked on medieval Iberian women writers as well as on travel writing and on the relevance of food in medieval and early modern culture.

Selected Publications

  • Women Readers and Writers in Medieval Iberia: Spinning the Text. Brill, 2019.
  • Forging Communities: Food and Representation in Medieval and Early Modern Southwestern Europe. Editor: Montserrat Piera. University of Arkansas Press, 2018. Winner, 2019 Association for the Study of Food and Society Best Edited Book Award.
  • Remapping Travel Narratives (1000-1700): To the East and Back Again. Editor: Montserrat Piera, Amsterdam University Press/ARC Humanities Press, 2018.
  • “Wining and Dining at Celestina’s Table in Fernando de Rojas’ Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea” eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies 39 (2018): 413-428.
  • “Of Shipwrecks and Epiphanies: The Mediterranean Wanderlust of Iberian Knights” in Chivalry, The Mediterranean, and the Crown of Aragon Curial, Tirant, Don Quixote. Juan de la Cuesta, 2018. 61-83.
  • “Have a Heart!: Love, Lust and the Properties of Heart Consumption from Guillem de Cabestany to Curial e Güelfa” in Forging Communities: Food and Representation in Medieval and Early Modern Southwestern Europe. University of Arkansas Press, 2018. 201-220.
  • “Vulnerable Iberian Travelers: Benjamin of Tudela’s Sefer ha-Massa'ot, Pero Tarfur’s Andanças e viajes and Ahmad al-Wazzan’s Geography of Africa,” in Re-Mapping Travel Narratives (1000-1700), ARC Humanities Press, 2018. 61-85.
  • Carro de las donas: Translating Francesc Eiximenis for Queenly Edification” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 2015. 92:7. 753-774.
  • Debunking the ‘Self’ in Self-Fashioning: Communal Fashioning in the Cartagena Clan” in Self-Fashioning and Notions of Identity in the Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World. Ed. Laura Delbrugge (Leiden: Brill, 2015). 327-365.

Courses Taught


  • Spanish 4449 Reorienting Sepharad: The Jews in Medieval Spain
  • History 2480/Gender & Women’ Studies 2000. Did Women Have a Renaissance? (Temple Abroad Rome)
  • History 3480. Re-Mapping the Renaissance: Exchange between Early Modern Islam and Europe (Temple Abroad Rome)
  • Honors Spanish 3960 Unveiling Hispanic Women’s Experiences
  • Spanish W 2096 Advanced Composition
  • Spanish W 3096 Advanced Writing Skills
  • Spanish 2002. Hispanic Readings
  • Spanish 3121 Introduction to Spanish Literature
  • Spanish 4133 Hispanic Women in Literature and Culture
  • Spanish 4166 Hispanic Literature through Art
  • English 237 Renaissance Writers (Temple Rome)
  • Italian Film (Temple Rome)
  • Topics in History: Renaissance in Italy (Temple Rome)
  • The Cultures of Spain
  • Contemporary Spain through Film
  • Intellectual Heritage 51
  • Catalan Language
  • Catalan Culture and Civilization


  • Spanish 8121. Seminar on Medieval Literature
  • Spanish 8130. Seminar on Golden Age Literature
  • Spanish 5122/4449. Medieval Iberian Texts
  • Epic and Ballads
  • Medieval Masterpieces
  • Seminar on the Renaissance
  • Survey of Spanish Lit. II: The Short Story in Early Modern Spain
  • Survey of Spanish Lit. II: Women’s Writing in Early Modern Spain
  • Seminar on La Celestina
  • 16th & 17th Century Theatre
  • 16th & 17th Century Prose
  • Cervantes’s Don Quijote