Our Alumni

Erin Boon

Erin Boon

Erin completed her PhD in the Celtic department in May 2014 after successfully defending her dissertation, Heritage Welsh: a study of heritage language as the outcome of minority language acquisition and bilingualism. Her research interests include heritage language, L1 and L2 acquisition, syntax, morphology, phonology, and minority language policy in the UK and Ireland. Her dissertation project created corpora of heritage and baseline Welsh narrative samples and analyzed them for signs of reanalysis and simplification in the heritage Welsh grammar. Details about her work can be found at erinboon.com.

Since completing her PhD, Erin has worked in the tech industry in CA and earned a certificate in Statistics from CSUEB. She is currently a Research Analyst and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at The Texas Tribune in Austin, Texas. 

Matthieu Boyd

Mathiew Boyd

Matthieu is a 2011 PhD graduate of the department. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the department and Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature, Language, Writing, and Philosophy at Fairleigh Dickinson University's College at Florham in Madison, NJ. For more about Matthieu, see http://fdu.academia.edu/MBoyd/About.

Kassandra Conley

Kassandra Conley Lehman

Kassandra Conley completed her PhD in the Celtic department in May 2014. Before coming to Harvard, she received a BA in English and History from Centre College and an MA in English from the University of Georgia. She has presented papers on a variety of topics, including uses of the Alexander Romance in bardic poetry, parody in Breuddwyd Rhonabwy, and giants in sixteenth century Welsh historiography. Her current research interests include pseudo-history, ethnography and geography, late medieval and early modern British mulitlingualism, and postcolonial theory. Her dissertation, tentatively titled "Experiencing Wonder in Wales, 1300-1600," considers middle Welsh representations of the marvelous as well as how these representations found new political uses during the Tudor era after the establishment of the Acts of Union. In her increasingly infrequent spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading bad Welsh language pulp fiction, and exploring Boston.

Gerorgia Henley

Geogia Henley

Georgia completed her PhD in May 2017. Her dissertation “Monastic Manuscripts of the Anglo-Welsh March: A Study in Literary Transmission” examined the circulation of books and texts of between monasteries in the Anglo-Welsh March with a particular focus on the impact of monastic networks on cultural exchange and literary interpretations of the past in England and Wales. She is broadly interested in the interactions of literary cultures across linguistic and political divides and the construction of British history and memory in medieval historical writing. Other recent projects include the co-founding of the Medieval Welsh Chronicles Group (a research group and resource website on medieval Welsh chronicles) and edited volumes in progress on Gerald of Wales (University of Wales Press) and Geoffrey of Monmouth (Brill). She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Text Technologies at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University.

For more information and contact details, see https://stanford.academia.edu/georgiahenley.

Aled Llion Jones

Aled Llion Jones

Aled graduated from the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures in May 2011. His PhD thesis was a study of the early Welsh prophetic poetry (darogan) from both "traditional" empirical and literary theoretical perspectives. The thesis title was "‘Ol wrth ol attor ar eu hennyd’: Political Prophecy in the Earliest Welsh Manuscripts (c. 1250 - c. 1540)."

Working with Polish, Irish, French and German as well as his native languages, he has published translations and co-translations of poetry and prose between Welsh, Polish, English and Italian, as well as a number of articles. At recent conferences he has spoken on various aspects of Irish and Welsh literature, medieval and modern. He has also researched, published and presented on the Welsh in America.

He is currently Lecturer in the Department of Welsh at Bangor University.

Fields of Interest: Medieval Welsh-language literature (prose and poetry); cultures and history of Wales (medieval and modern); medieval prophetics and apocalyptics; poetics and the Welsh and Irish strict metres; literary theory; philosophy of language; sociolinguistics, minority languages and language rights, bilingualism / multilingualism; the Welsh in America.

Email: aled.llion@bangor.ac.uk

Edyta Lehmann

Edyta Lehman

Edyta Lehmann completed her PhD in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures in 2012 after defending her dissertation, "The Power of Words: Female Speech as a Narrative Force in Irish Tales across Centuries." Before coming to Harvard, Edyta received an MA in Polish Philology from the University of Wroclaw, Poland and an MA in English from the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include Modern Irish, contemporary poetry in Irish, postcolonial theory and film. She has presented and published on a variety of topics, often focusing on the portrayal and function of female characters in Irish texts. While at Harvard, she taught courses on Modern Irish and Irish sagas, as well as folklore and mythology, comparative literature, and Polish film. She is engaged in initiatives supporting multilingual learning and inclusive education.

Email: elehmann@post.harvard.edu

Joey McMullen

Joey McMullen

Joey McMullen is an Assistant Professor of English at Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ. He graduated in 2015 with a Ph.D. in English and Celtic Literatures and Languages. His research interests include landscape perception and the function of place in early insular literature (especially Irish, Welsh, and English), ecocriticism, and connections between Anglo-Saxon England and early medieval Ireland and Wales. His dissertation, “Echoes of Early Irish Influence in Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes,” focused on connections between the representation of nature and the landscape in the literature of Anglo-Saxon England and that of early Ireland. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Anglo-Saxon England, Arthuriana, English Studies, Studia Celtica Fennica, and the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, as well as several edited collections. He is currently co-editing two volumes of essays: The Legacy of Boethius in Medieval England: The Consolation and its After-lives (forthcoming with ACMRS) and Gerald of Wales: Interpretation and Innovation in Medieval Britain (forthcoming with the University of Wales Press).

Natasha Sumner

Natasha Sumner

Natasha completed a PhD in Celtic Languages and Literatures with a secondary concentration in Comparative Literature in spring 2015. Her dissertation traced the historical development of the Fenian narrative tradition—i.e. the vast body of story and song, some of it well over a millennium old, about the Gaelic hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill and his roving warrior band. The dissertation was supplemented by a catalogue of modern Fenian folklore containing metadata for over 3,300 folklore items. 

In a recent project, she completed the transcription and translation used to subtitle the re-discovered film, Oidhche Sheanchais, directed by Robert Flaherty and restored by the Harvard Film Archive (2015 [1935]). 

She joined the faculty of Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard as Assistant Professor in autumn 2015.

Visit her website for more information: http://scholar.harvard.edu/natashasumner 

Email: nsumner@fas.harvard.edu

Sarah Zeiser

Sarah Zeiser

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University in Celtic Languages and Literatures.  I received my PhD in May 2012 with the dissertation "Latinity, Manuscripts, and the Rhetoric of Conquest in Late-Eleventh-Century Wales."  This study explored the complex interactions among language, text, and political context in Wales during the decades surrounding the Norman Conquest of England.  I argued that writers in medieval Wales created in both their literary compositions and their manuscripts intricate layers of protest and subversion in direct opposition to the authority of the Norman political hegemony and the aggrandizing spread of the Canterbury-led church.  These medieval literati exploited language and script as tools of definition.  They privileged Welsh or Latin as their audience shifted, and they employed the change from early Welsh script to the Caroline script of the Normans as not just a natural evolution in script development, but as a selective representation of mimicked authority.

My current research is interested in representations of nation and protest in the thirteenth-century Latin poem "Trucidare Saxones."

I was a Graduate Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2011-12, and was a Junior Fellow at the Institute for Historical Research at the University of London, as well as a Frank Knox Memorial Traveling Fellow (2010-11).

I received my B.A. from Smith College in 2006 (Medieval Studies; minor: Ancient Studies).  I am a violinist in the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra

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