Personal profile

Academic Background

I came to UEA in 2019, after having taught English literature from 650 to 1550 at the University of Oxford. I grew up in Belgium and completed my BA (Hons) at McGill University in Montreal, followed by an MPhil and DPhil at Exeter College, Oxford.

In my research, I primarily work on medieval romances and historical texts in Middle English, Insular French, and Latin. I am interested in multilingualism, historiography, material culture, and the relationships between literature and cultural geography, especially borders and boundaries, displacement, migration, travel, intercultural contact and exchange, national/regional/local identities, and conceptions of home.

My monograph, Writing Regional Identities in Medieval England: From the Gesta Herwardi to Richard Coer de Lyon (2020), examines how medieval texts depict and construct identities for those living in regions of cultural contact. I have also published articles on medieval lyrics and romances, and I co-edited Discovering William of Malmesbury (2017).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford


Award Date: 27 Feb 2017

Master of Philosophy, University of Oxford


Bachelor of Arts, McGill University