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


Co-chair, 2018-2023 Strategic Planning Committee

Founding member, Marist College Center for Ethics


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



"What Does It Mean to Read a Medieval Text?", curated collaborative chapter, The Open Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales, 2017.

"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), 286-88.

Research Interests:

Late medieval religious literature and culture; disability, gender, and queer studies; children's literature; Chaucer; the history of the English language; Old English language and literature; the graphic novel; 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