Associate Professor of English, University of Massachusetts 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. She specializes in later medieval literature, and her current research focuses on medieval student debt and university life in England. She is at work on a monograph provisionally titled “Unlocking St. Frideswide’s Chest: Student Debt and University Life in Medieval Oxford.” With Nancy Bradbury (Smith College) she is also editing an essay collection titled “Objects of Medieval Women.” Her past research has been on chess and political organization in the late Middle Ages, and she has articles on this and other subjects in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, the Journal of English Germanic Philology, Essays in Medieval Studies, The Chaucer Review, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, and the Journal of Popular Culture. Her book, Power Play: The Literature and Politics of Chess in the Late Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press) appeared in 2006, and her edition of William Caxton's The Game and Playe of the Chesse (TEAMS Middle English Texts series) came out in 2009. She has received fellowships from the NEH, the ACLS, and the Newberry Library.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Amherst