[Header image from a manuscript of Martin le Franc, L’Estrif de Fortune et de Vertu, French, c.1470-80. Private collection]
I’m really pleased to announce that as of August, I’ll be moving eastwards, to take up a position as assistant professor (medieval history and digital humanities) in the History Department at SUNY Geneseo. I’ve enjoyed my time at the University of Iowa: it’s provided me with a lot of scope and support to improve as a scholar while also developing as a teacher, even if I still don’t quite get the appeal of American football. (Sorry, Hawkeyes fans.) But I’m looking forward to the new opportunities provided by teaching at a liberal arts college, particularly the collaborative ones afforded by the fact that I’ll form part of a cluster hire in the digital humanities. The people at Geneseo whom I’ve met so far seem enthusiastic and supportive, and there are lots of potential projects I’m keen to dive into—some are already in the preliminary stages, so watch this space, I suppose!
There is of course the minor detail of finishing and defending my dissertation first, but I’m in the home stretch and think I’ll be easily finished by my defence date of late April. It’s a nice feeling, to be really anticipating the finishing line.