Name: Dr. Moira Fitzgibbons
Title: Professor of English
Director, Core/LS Program
Assistant Dean, School of Liberal Arts
Office Location: Fontaine 223
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 6059
Degrees Held:

B.A. Georgetown University
Ph.D. Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Strange texts and smart students.

Awards & Honors:

Board of Trustees Distinguished Teaching Award, 2012

Student Government Association Overall Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year Award, 2012

Student Government Association School of Liberal Arts Faculty Member of the Year, 2007, 2009, & 2010



"Women, Tales, and 'Talking Back' in Pore Caitif and Dives and Pauper," Middle English Religious Writing in Practice: Texts, Readers, and Transformations, ed. Nicole Rice (Brepols Publishers, 2013), 181-214.

"Critical Pleasure, Visceral Literacy, and The Prik of Conscience," Pedagogy 13.2 (Duke University Press, 2013), 245-266.

"Enabled and Disabled 'Myndes' in The Prick of Conscience," Medieval Poetics and Social Practice: Responding to the Work of Penn R. Szittya, ed. Seeta Chaganti (Fordham University Press, 2012), 72-94.

"Using Gullah as a Focal Point in an HEL Course," Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 15.2 (Wichita State University, 2008), 55-69.

"Poverty, Dignity, and Lay Spirituality in Pore Caitif and Jacob's Well," Medium Aevum (Society for the Study of Medieval Languages & Literature, 2008), 222-240.

"'Cross-Voiced' Assignments and the Critical 'I,'" Teaching Chaucer in the University , eds. Louise Sylvester and Gail Ashton (Palgrave, 2007), 65-80.

"Penitential Pedagogy in Jacob's Well,"  Studies in the Age of Chaucer 27(University of Notre Dame Press, 2005) 213-37.

"Disruptive Simplicity: Gaytryge's Translation of Archbishop Thoresby's Injunctions," The Vernacular Spirit: Essays on Medieval Religious Literature, eds. Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Duncan Robertson, and Nancy Warren (Palgrave, 2002), 39-58.

"Presumed Relevant: Feminism Taken for Granted in a Medievalist's Orals," Medieval Feminist Newsletter (Spring 1995), 18-19.


What Nature Does Not Teach: Didactic Literature in the Medieval and Early-Modern Periods (ed. Juanita Feros Ruys), Journal of English and Germanic Philology (Spring 2011), 250-2.

John Mirk's 'Festial': Orthodoxy, Lollardy, and the Common People, Studies in the Age of Chaucer 29 (Fall 2007).

Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England (Mary C. Erler), Albion: The Journal of the North American Conference on British Studies 36 (Summer, 2003), 236-8.

Chaucer to Shakespeare, 1337-1580 (SunHee Kim Gertz), Albion: The Journal of the North American Conference on British Studies 34 (Summer, 2002), 286-8.


Research Interests:

Late medieval religious literature and culture; verbal and visual literacies; disability, gender, and queer studies; Chaucer; the history of the English language; Old English language and literature; modern representations of medieval life and texts.


Society for the Study of Disability in the Middle Ages (Executive Committee Member), Modern Language Association, Medieval Academy, New Chaucer Society