Teresa A. Kennedy, Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication and Professor of English, earned a Ph.D. (1990) in comparative literature and linguistics, an M.A. (1982) in comparative literature and a B.A. (1980) in English literature and language, all from The Catholic University of America. A specialist in comparative medieval literature, Dr. Kennedy is the author of Elyot, Castiglione and Problem of Style in the Eckhardt Series in Renaissance Studies 20 (1996). She is co-editor of Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Routledge Medieval Authors. She has written scholarly reviews for such publications as Bryn Mawr Medieval Reviews and Fifteenth Century Studies.
In addition to recent public lectures at Yale University and Manhattan College, she has been a visiting scholar at Yale University, Cornell University, the University of Padova, in Padova, Italy and at the Folger Library. She also delivered the Simpkins Lecture at Longwood University on Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. Dr. Kennedy directs the university’s Simpson Program in Medieval Studies, and her current publication projects include a facing-page translation of Boccaccio’s Teseida and a monograph on Boccaccian poetics. She also has contributed several articles on Boccaccio to the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature.