Graduated: May 2019
Dissertation Title: “ Penitentials to Poetry: The Literary Critique of Avarice in Fourteenth-Century England”
Committee: Denise N. Baker (Chair), Amy N. Vines, Jennifer Keith, and David Aers (Duke University)
Dr. Jessica D. Ward is Assistant Professor of Early British Literature at Mercy College. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of North Texas and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her work focuses on the intersections of medieval literature, theology, gender, and the law. Additional teaching and research interests include early modern drama, gender studies, moral philosophy, economic criticism, multilingualism, multiculturalism, composition studies, and digital humanities. Her scholarship has appeared in Studies in Philology. Current projects include a book-length study on how late fourteenth-century London writers define and engage with the vice of avarice in their works.