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Office: PAHB 408
Office Number: 410-455-2006

Areas of Interest: Medieval Literature, Chaucer, Ovid, Boccaccio, Materiality of Late Medieval Lay Piety, and Later Medieval and Early Modern Food Cultures


Kathryn McKinley, Associate Professor of English, received her Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University (English honors with studies in Classics), her M. A. (Classics) from the University of Toronto, and her Ph.D. (English) from the University of Delaware. She has been a recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. She is also the founder of the interdepartmental minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) at UMBC, which is one of the few of its kind in the Baltimore/Washington region.

Her research and teaching interests include Chaucer; Ovid, Boccaccio, and late medieval vernacularity; medieval visual literacy and material culture; and the history of later medieval European and English food culture, food scarcity, and famine. She has published in such journals as The Chaucer Review, Viator, and English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700. Her publications include Reading the Ovidian Heroine: Metamorphoses Commentaries 1100-1618 (Leiden, 2001), an article on Chaucer’s House of Fame in Meaning in Motion: The Semantics of Movement in Medieval Art (Princeton, 2011); Ovid in the Middle Ages (Cambridge, 2011; coedited with Frank T. Coulson and James G. Clark); and Chaucer’s House of Fame and Its Boccaccian Intertexts: Image, Vision, and the Vernacular (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Press, 2016).