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Ruth holds a M.St. in English 650-1550 from Oxford University and a M.A. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University. She will shortly defend her Ph.D. dissertation, Putting on the Armor of God: Defensive Reading in England, c. 1215-1550, at Cornell University. Broadly speaking, she is interested in how medieval literary history can be seen to move through a conversation with the cultural past. Her research interests include Middle English literature, book history, palaeography and codicology, and digital humanities (particularly manuscript imaging and digital cataloging techniques).


With Nigel Palmer, Catalogue entries for in situ manuscript fragments in the incunabula of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, inthe Bodleian Library’s online Catalogue of Medieval Manuscripts, forthcoming summer 2017, and revised for Fragmentarium online database, forthcoming summer 2017.

With Louisa Smieska, Laurent Ferri, and Arthur Woll,‘Trace elements in natural azurite pigments found in illuminated manuscript leaves investigated by synchrotron x-ray florescence and diffraction mapping,’ Applied Physics A, June 2017.

Guide to Medieval Manuscript Fragments and Objects, ca. 800 – 1600, Cornell University Library Website, June 2014.

Select Presentations

‘Where from, where to? The future of the Bodleian cataloguing project of in situ fragments in incunabula,’ Fragmentarium Annual Meeting, St Gall, (September 2017).

‘Cataloguing in situ manuscript fragments in incunabula,’ Leeds International Medieval Congress, Leeds University, July 2017. 

Presenter and Roundtable Participant, ‘Digital Pedagogy: Using Omeka in Freshman Writing Seminars,’ Digital Spaces: A Humanities Symposium, Cornell University Library, May 2017 (invited).

‘Digital Humanities at Cornell and Beyond,’ Medieval Studies Pro-seminar (postgraduate seminar), Cornell University, Nov. 2016 (invited).

‘Challenging Expectations: Displaying Medieval Manuscripts in Museums,’ Context and Meaning XV: Sensing Matter(s), Queen’s University, Canada, Jan. 2016.

Presenter and Roundtable Participant, ‘Medieval Meets Digital: the Manuscriptlink Project and the Cornell Manuscripts,’ Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University, Oct. 2014 (invited).

‘The absent body in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley Rolls 16,’ Gender, Generation, and the Body, Cardiff University, UK, June 2014.

‘Spicing the Soul: internalizing gustatory sensation within the anchorhold,’ Sensing the Sacred, York University, UK, June 2013.

‘Wardens of the Heart's Nose: guarding the olfactory gates in Ancrene Wisse,’ Kalamazoo International Medieval Congress, Northwestern University, May 2013.

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