Michelle R. Warren

Academic Appointments
  • Professor, Comparative Literature

  • Director, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

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Research: My motto is: “The Middle Ages Aren’t Old.” I am a scholar of medieval Europe by training, firmly grounded in contemporary global concerns. I study how the past shapes the present and how the present shapes our views of the past. My projects typically connect small things to big ideas: a single word choice to ethnic nationalism, an epigraph to colonial memory, a reader’s note in a book to social power relations. My most recent project has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.

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Comparative Literature, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies


  • Ph.D. Stanford University (1993)
  • M.A. Stanford University (1991)
  • B.A. University of California at Berkeley (1988)

Selected Publications

  • Remix the Medieval Manuscript: Experiments in Digital Infrastructure.” Archive Journal (co-author with Bay Lauris ByrneSim and Laura Braunstein) (September 2018).

  • “Good History, Bad Romance, and the Making of Literature.” Thinking Medieval Romance. Ed. Nicola MacDonald and Katherine Little. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 205-22.

  • "Chaucer and the Future of World Literature," Literature Compass 15.6 (2018), https://doi.org/10.1111/lic3.12446

  • “‘The Last Syllable of Modernity’: Chaucer in the Caribbean.”  postmedieval 6.1 (2015): 79-93.

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Works In Progress