Carolyn Dinshaw

Silver Professor; Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and English


Ph.D. 1982, (English literature), Princeton; A.B. 1978, Bryn Mawr College.

Areas of Research/Interest

English and Western European medieval literature and culture; feminist studies; lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender studies; history of sexuality; theories of history and historiography; theories and experiences of temporality; ecology and ecocriticism; history of maps and mapping

External Affiliations

New Chaucer Society (President, 2010-12); Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship; Society for the Study of Homosexuality in the Middle Ages; Committee for Lesbian and Gay History, AHA; John Gower Society; Lollard Society; Modern Language Association of America; Medieval Academy of America; Editorial Board, postmedieval; Advisory Board, Exemplaria (2008-13); founding Co-Editor, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies


Distinguished International Visiting Fellowship, Center of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Australia Research Council; John Edward Taylor Fellowship, University of Manchester, UK; Distinguished Editor Award, Council of Editors of Learned Journals; MLA Crompton-Noll Award, Special Citation; MLA Crompton-Noll Award for "Getting Medieval: Pulp Fiction, Gawain, Foucault"; Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center; President's Fellowship, University of California; Medieval Academy, John Nicholas Brown Prize for Chaucer's Sexual Poetics