Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman

Assistant Professor

Academic Interests

  • Middle English literature
  • Medieval Latin literature
  • Gender studies
  • Media studies
  • Historical sociolinguistics 

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • "Dictators of Venus: Clerical Love Letters and Female Subjection in Troilus and Criseyde and the Rota veneris," in Studies in the Age of Chaucer: The Yearbook of the New Chaucer Society 36 (2014), 103–138. 
  • “The Rhetoric of Logic in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis VII,” in Medievalia et Humanistica 38 (2012): 37–57..
  • “Prerogative and Poetic Prowess: a Reading of the Companho Lyrics of Guilhem de Peitieus,” in TENSO: Bulletin of the Societé Guillaume IX 27 (2012): 25–46.

Previous Experience

  • Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Visiting Assistant Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature, 2013-2016
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, Visiting Assistant Professor (summer term)
  • Medieval Institute, Summer Program in Medieval Latin, 2015
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, SSHRC Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow, Leslie Center for the Humanities, 2011–2013
  • Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Visiting Assistant Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature 2010-2011
  • PhD, University of Toronto, 2008 


Born near Washington D.C.;  grew up in a colony of New Yorkers in South Florida


  • Guitar
  • Cycling
  • Attempting to get old computers to run
  • Making salsa

Future Goals and Aspirations

  • To complete and publish my monograph in progress on letter-writing and masculinity in the Middle Ages
  • To carry on the tradition of excellence in teaching medieval and renaissance literature at MSU
  • To foster the study of literature and humanistic disciplines at MSU
  • To develop and sustain a digital humanities project for scholars of medieval Latin.

Life Outside the University

I look forward to exploring the music, culture, and landscape of the Ozarks with my son and to cycling many miles on the flat roads of the Springfield plateau.

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