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Associate Professor of English, UMass Amherst

Jenny Adams, Associate Professor, holds a Ph.D. and an A.M. in English Literature from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in English Literature and French Language and Literature from UCLA. Her current research is on academic debt and university life in late medieval England, and she is in progress on a monograph provisionally titled “Degrees of Collateral: Debt and University Life in Medieval Oxford.” You can get taste of her work on this subject in her short popular piece, “The History of Student Loans Goes Back to the Middle Ages” which she wrote for The Conversation (March 2016). Her other publications include three books Medieval Women and Their Objects (University of Michigan Press, 2017, with Nancy Mason Bradbury); The Game and Playe of the Chesse (TEAMS, 2006); Power Play: The Literature and Politics of Chess in the Late Middle Ages (Penn Press, 2006) as well as articles in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, the Journal of English Germanic Philology, Essays in Medieval Studies, The Chaucer Review, and the Journal of Popular Culture. For her research she has won fellowships from the ACLS, NEH, Newberry Library, and Mellon Foundation.


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    Associate Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Amherst