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Paul A. Broyles

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies

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  • Ph.D., English, University of Virginia, 2014.
    • Dissertation: “Remapping Insularity: Geographic Imagination in Medieval English Romance”
  • A.B. summa cum laude, English and American Literature and Language and Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, 2007.

Academic Employment

  • CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies, North Carolina State University, 2016–.
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Virginia, 2015–16.
  • Postdoctoral Preceptor, University of Virginia, 2014–15.

Honors and Prizes

  • Donald Howard Travel Scholarship, New Chaucer Society, 2016.
  • English Department Nominee, CGS/ProQuest Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts. University of Virginia, 2015.
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2013–14.
  • James Southall Wilson Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2013.
  • Summer Travel Award, Department of English, University of Virginia, 2013.
  • Schallek Award, Medieval Academy and Richard III Society, 2012.
  • Travel Award, Department of English, University of Virginia, 2012.
  • Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for excellence in the honors thesis, Harvard University, 2007.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University, 2007.


  • Designer of Critical Apparatus Software for The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, Vol. 9: The B-Version Archetype, edited by John Burrow and Thorlac Turville-Petre, SEENET Series A.12 (Society for Early English and Norse Electronic Texts, 2014).
  • Review of CATView: The Colored and Aligned Texts Tool. Digital Philology 6.1 (Spring 2017): 163–66. doi:10.1353/dph.2017.0006.

Conferences and Presentations

  • “Fictions of Possession: Exchanging the Immaterial in Amadace, Cleges, and Gawain.” New Chaucer Society. Toronto, scheduled for 2018.
  • “Versioning, Bibliography, and the Evolving Digital Edition.” BH and DH: Book History and Digital Humanities. Madison, WI, scheduled for 2017.
  • “The Networked Child and Romance Character.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, 2017.
  • “>GET EXCALIBUR: Teaching Medieval Adventure with Text Adventure Games.” Roundtable, “Medieval Games and Pedagogy.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, 2017.
  • “Bevis without Borders: Geography and Translation in an International Romance.” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium. Sewanee, TN, 2017.
  • “Errare in Romance.” New Chaucer Society. London, 2016.
  • “Distant Romance: Making Macrospace through Narrative.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, 2016.
  • “Mapping Multitextual Geographies in Bevis of Hampton.” Roundtable on mapping medieval literature. International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, 2016.
  • “Textual Networks, Compilation, and the Problem of Medieval Genre.” (Re)Building Networks: A Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference. College Park, MD, 2015.
  • “The Experience of Romance Places.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, 2015.
  • “After Nations.” Roundtable, “Ye Nexte Generacioun: Young Scholars Look to the Next Fifty Years.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, 2015.
  • “Virtual Editing and Piers Plowman.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, 2014.
  • “The Blind Briton and the Book: Unsettling English History in the Man of Law’s Tale.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, 2012.
  • “Inventing Place in Medieval English Romance.” Think Romance! Reconceptualizing a Medieval Genre: 32nd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University. New York, NY, 2012.
  • “‘Over the salte se til Engeland’: How Geography Means in Exile-and-Return Romances.” Graduate Presentation, University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA, 2011.
  • “Romance in the ‘West’: Reimagining Insular Space in King Horn.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, 2011.
  • “Puns, Allegory, and the Limits of Language in Skelton’s Speke Parrot.” University of Virginia Department of English Graduate Conference. Charlottesville, VA, 2011.
  • “Sacred Space and the English Town in the Wakefield Cycle.” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium. Sewanee, TN, 2009.

Teaching Experience

Courses Taught

  • Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales. Upper-level course for majors. North Carolina State University, 2017.
  • King Arthur in Time. Seminar introduction to the major. University of Virginia, 2010, 2016.
  • Love and Death in Medieval Literature (Medieval European Literature in Translation). Upper-level course for majors. University of Virginia, 2015.
  • History of Literatures in English I: Beowulf to Paradise Lost. Discussion section for lecture courses taught by Bruce Holsinger and Gordon Braden. University of Virginia, 2008, 2012.
  • History of Literatures in English II: Alexander Pope to Oscar Wilde. Discussion section for a lecture course taught by Michael Levenson and Stephen Cushman. University of Virginia, 2012.
  • Writing and Critical Inquiry. Topics: Writing about Place (2015–2016), Holidays (2009, 2011, 2014), Aliens (2010, 2013), From Privacy to Piracy in a Digital Age (2011). University of Virginia.
  • Academic and Professional Writing. Workshop of 8 advanced undergraduates pursuing independent projects. University of Virginia, 2009.

Guest Lectures

  • Canterbury Tales: Introduction and General Prologue. Prof. Elizabeth Fowler. University of Virginia, 2011.

Other Teaching Experience

  • Reading and Writing Skills Instructor, Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. Charlottesville, VA. 2013–2014.

Workshops and Professional Development

  • Accepted participant. “Object to Image: Exploratory Workshop on Scripto-Spatial Data and Medieval Studies.” Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. Philadelphia, PA, 2016.
  • Invited presenter. “ACCESS: Evolving Methods in Making Cultural Heritage Accessible.” Human/Ties: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Charlottesville, VA, 2016.
  • Participant. CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows Summer Seminar. Bryn Mawr, PA, 2016.

Professional Service

  • Technical Editor, Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, 2016–.
  • Director, Interdisciplinary Graduate Medieval Colloquium, University of Virginia, 2009–2011.
  • Medieval Area Representative, Graduate English Students Association, University of Virginia, 2008–2011.

Selected Technology Skills

Computer Languages

  • XSLT, XQuery, XML (including TEI)
  • JavaScript, JQuery
  • Python (basic), R (basic)
  • Inform 7 (interactive fiction language)

Tools and Frameworks

  • Version control: Git and SVN
  • Jekyll
  • Apache Cocoon
  • eXist Database

Professional Memberships

  • Modern Language Association
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • New Chaucer Society
  • Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
  • Early English Text Society


  • French (proficient)
  • Old and Middle English
  • Old and Middle French
  • Latin