Katherine Briant is an incoming PhD student in the University of Rochester’s Department of English.  She holds an MA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University, where she completed a thesis titled “Glossing the Body of the Text: Authority and the Margins of the Wife of Bath’s Prologue.”  Her research interests include late medieval literature, manuscript studies, embodiment, and medieval and early modern book culture.

Katherine’s work in the Rossell Hope Robbins Library, the University of Rochester’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, and Fordham University’s Center for Medieval Studies fostered her desire to develop digital humanities projects.  As an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, she encoded finding aids for Rare Books’ website, working with collections including the correspondence of Susan B. Anthony and Rachel Foster Avery and the Rochester Jewish Community Oral History Project.  She also assisted with two Robbins Library Digital Projects, Visualizing Chaucer and the Camelot Project.  As a graduate assistant in Fordham’s Center for Medieval Studies, Katherine contributed to the Online Medieval Sources Bibliography, the French of Italy, the French of England, the Oxford Outremer Map Project, and a forthcoming digital resource on independent crusaders.  She is in the final stages of creating her own digital project, which will be an interactive teaching module on Anglo-Norman verb morphology.