Kristin Bovaird-Abbo is an Assistant Professor of English with a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas where she completed a dissertation on Geoffrey Chaucer's use of the Arthurian legend. Her areas of special interest include medieval language and literature, particularly Middle English and Arthurian studies, and she regularly teaches classes on Old English, Middle English, History of the English Language, Linguistics, and the Arthurian Legend (medieval to modern).
Prof. Bovaird-Abbo’s current research project explores the effects of gender and class on depictions of the Arthurian character of Gawain in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Middle English romances, particularly in terms of Gawain’s interactions with women and younger knights, as a reflection of changing values among the English gentry.
Her wider research and teaching interests include linguistics, James Joyce, Victorian poetry, drama, mythology, and medievalism. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park with her family.