Dr. Moira Fitzgibbons
Professor of English; On leave Fall 2019-Spring 2020
Working at the College enables me to collaborate with great students and colleagues and to wander happily around words (who or what is the luke in lukewarm? What does it mean to stan something?). I teach First Year Seminars and literature courses on medieval texts and culture, disability studies, gender and sexuality, graphic narratives, and the history of the English language. My publications explore medieval and modern teaching methods as well as varying representations of embodiment, disability, and gender in many different kinds of works, ranging from medieval manuscripts to modern-day comics.
In addition to my teaching and scholarship, I have contributed to projects such as the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, the interdisciplinary Center for Ethics, the Graphic Narrative database, and various School of Liberal Arts initiatives. Serving as a Trustee of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and as a Book Buddies volunteer provide me with additional ways to engage in conversations about learning, literacy, and creativity. Stop by my office and let me know what you’ve been reading, thinking about, and creating lately!
PhD, Literatures in English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
BA, English (Biology Minor), Georgetown University
Research Interests / Areas of Focus
Strange texts and smart students.
Recent/forthcoming scholarly projects and publications include:
The Graphic Narrative Database, member of project team in collaboration with team leader Dr. Angela Laflen (Department of English, California State University, Sacramento), Dr. Donald Schwartz (Department of Computer Science, Marist College) and Mr. Gregory Carr (Cannavino Library, Marist College).
“The Merchant’s Tale” (edition and commentary) in The Medieval Disability Sourcebook, edited by Cameron McNabb, forthcoming from Punctum Press.
“What Does It Mean to Read a Medieval Text?” (compiler/editor) in The Open Access Companion to the “Canterbury Tales,” eds. the OACCT Editorial Collective, https://opencanterburytales.dsl.lsu.edu/, 2017.
“Women, Tales, and ‘Talking Back’ in Pore Caitif and Dives and Pauper” in 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: Critical Approaches to Teaching Language, Literature, Composition, and Culture 13.2 (2013), 245-266.
Recent presentations include:
“Teaching the Canterbury Tales Alongside Graphic Narratives,” 21st Biennial International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Toronto, CA, July 2018.
“Oh, the (Medieval) Places We’ll Go: Children’s Literature as a Gateway Course” (poster presentation), International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2017.
“Literary Reflections on Advising: From Old English to New Jersey,” Keynote talk, NACADA Drive-In Conference, Marist College, April 2016.
“Managing Diagnosis in the Medieval/Disability Studies Classroom,” Medieval Academy Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, February 2016.
“Comune Conversation in Piers Plowman and the Sermons of MS Longleat 4,” Sixth International Piers Plowman Society Conference, Seattle, WA, July 2015.
Awards and Honors
Student Government Association Recognition of Distinguished Service Award, April 2014.
Marist College Board of Trustees Distinguished Teaching Award, September 2012.
Student Government Association Overall Full-time Faculty Member of the Year, March 2012.
Student Government Association School of Liberal Arts Faculty Member of the Year, April 2010, April 2009, and April 2007.