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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

Faculty Profiles: Stephen Harris

Contact Information:
259 Bartlett Hall
Amherst, MA 0l003
p: 413-545-6598
f: 413-545-3880 


Associate Professor

Educated at Loyola University Chicago, Ph.D., 1999; University of Ottawa, M.A., 1991; Bishop's University, B.A. (Honours), 1988. Specializes in Old English, medieval Latin poetry, early medieval Christianity, and historical linguistics. Awarded grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation. Harris sits on the Executive Board of the Old English Division of the Modern Language Association, the Executive Board of the MLA Old Norse Discussion Group, and the Board of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists ( He is the Editor of the journal, Old English Newsletter (, and director of Old English Publications LLC, whose forthcoming volumes include the first English translation of Jorge Luis Borges, Ancient Germanic Literatures (with the University of Arizona).

Harris’ books include Race and Ethnicity in Anglo-Saxon Literature (Routledge, 2003); Misconceptions about the Middle Ages (Routledge, 2008), edited with Bryon Grigsby; and Vox Germanica: Essays on Germanic Literature and Culture in Honor of James E. Cathey, edited with Michael Moynihan and Sherrill Harbison (University of Arizona, 2013). Forthcoming in 2014 is Beauty and the (Venerable) Bede (West Virginia University Press).

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Areas of Specialization: Book History and Textual Studies, Digital Humanities and Media Studies, Medieval Literature