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Will Rogers
Assistant Professor
School of Humanities
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Will Rogers, Ph D
Assistant Professor, English

Education

Ph D

2014, English
Cornell University

MA

2008, English
University of Texas at Arlington

BA

2004, English
University of Texas at Arlington

Biographical Sketch

Originally from Texas, I have lived in Florence, Rome, upstate NY, and Ohio, and I have taught at Cornell University, Case Western Reserve University, and ULM. 

I'm trained as a medievalist, and I trace my desire to study and teach the texts and culture of the Middle Ages to the Spring semester of my freshmen year at the University of Dallas. There, in Literary Traditions II, I read the whole of Dante's Divine Comedy, and his ability to read in the past and history of Florence and Italy a vision of his present and future stuck with me. I quickly began learning Italian, then lived in Rome and Florence for extended periods, and, finally, I came to English as a subject and a profession through its Italian influences. 

I still largely focus on the influence of Boccaccio, Dante, and Petrarch on Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, and Thomas Hoccleve. 

Research Interests

I was awarded my Ph.D. in English from Cornell University in 2014, where I specialized in various premodern literatures and focused on Disability Studies and Queer and Trauma Theories. I review scholarship for Studies in the Age of Chaucer and serve as peer reviewers for various journals and publishers in my field.

Currently my revised dissertation is under consideration for publication, and I'm working on a second monograph, which tracks the effect of trauma on narrative structure in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. I am widely published on depictions of medieval medicine, disability, and old age, and I have work forthcoming on medieval sexuality.

This research defines my classroom teaching, where I emphasize not only the diversity of the medieval and post medieval worlds but also seek to connect premodern materials with postmedieval digital methods, such as GIS mapping, digital transcription, and digitization of manuscript sources.

Professional Positions

August 2015

Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana, Monroe

August 2015 August 2014

Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University

August 2014 August 2013

Joseph F. Martino Lecturer in English, Cornell University

Awards & Honors

July 2016 Tommy and Mary Barham Endowed Professorship in English.

Courses Taught

ENGL 1001COMPOSITION I, 2 course(s)

ENGL 2001ENGLISH LITERATURE I, 5 course(s)

ENGL 2003WORLD LITERATURE I, 5 course(s)

ENGL 2004WORLD LITERATURE II, 1 course(s)

ENGL 4036CHAUCER, 1 course(s)

ENGL 4039MILTON, 1 course(s)

ENGL 4082LINGUISTICS, 1 course(s)

ENGL 4083HISTORY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE, 1 course(s)

ENGL 5007ENGLISH LIT BEFORE 1800, 1 course(s)