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Bridget Whearty

Associate Professor

English, General Literature and Rhetoric; Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Bridget Whearty (she/her) works at the intersection of literary, medieval, manuscript, and information studies. She is the author of Digital Codicology: Medieval Books and Modern Labor (Stanford University Press, 2022). Whearty is also the creator of the Caswell Test (#CaswellTest), which draws on the work of Michelle Caswell to challenge humanities scholars writing about “the archive” to engage more rigorously and accurately with the work of real archivists and librarians. She is co-PI, with Masha Raskolnikov, of the nascent digital project and OER “Always Here: a Queer+Trans Global Medieval Sourcebook.”


  • PhD, Stanford University
  • BA, University of Montana

Research Interests

  • Queer+trans medieval literature and material culture
  • Medieval manuscripts, digital humanities, media history, and digitization
  • 14th- and 15th-century English literature, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Hoccleve, and John Lydgate
  • Information literacy and Special Collections pedagogy

Teaching Interests

  • Medieval literature and culture
  • Manuscript studies and the history of the book
  • LGBTQ+ literature


  • 2023 - John Grace Memorial Book Historian in Residence at Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
  • 2022 - Harpur College Faculty Research Grant and Subvention Fund, Binghamton University
  • 2021-2022 - Faculty Fellow, Center for Civic Engagement Community Engaged Teaching Fellows Program, Binghamton University
  • 2020 - New Chaucer Society Early Career Essay Prize for “Chaucer’s Death, Lydgate’s Guild, and the Construction of Community in Fifteenth-Century English Literature”
  • 2019 - University of Glasgow Library Visiting Research Fellowship, for “A Glorious Garden of Sinners: MS Hunter 5 and The Fall of Princes Across Media,” University of Glasgow
  • 2018 - Dean’s Research Semester, Binghamton University
  • 2017 - Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (IASH) Fellowship, Binghamton University

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