Judy Schaaf


English & Communication




Liberal Arts 305A


Yale UniversityPhD
Middlebury CollegeM.Litt.
Columbia UniversityMA


  • Medieval - late medieval Europe
  • Renaissance studies - early modern England
  • American studies - immigration and American identity
  • Literary nonfiction - travel and nature writing


Research interests

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • 19th century American literature
  • Travel and Nature writing

Select publications

J. Schaaf (2015).
Gawain’s British Reputation in Malory’s Morte Darthur
Le personnage de Gauvain dans la littérature européenne du Moyen Âge, 283-317.

J. Schaaf (2013).
The Christian-Jewish Debate and the Catalan Atlas
Jews in Medieval Christendom: Slay Them Not, 245-273.

J. Schaaf (2004).
Revising Nature: Thoreau’s Work in the Maine Woods in Oneonta Philosophy Studies
State University of New York Press

Judy Schaaf is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she has served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from Yale University, a M. Litt. in American Literature from Middlebury College, a M.A. in English literature from Columbia University, and B.A. degrees in English and in Anthropology from Rice University.

Prof. Schaaf has also taught at North Carolina State University, at Norwich University in Vermont, where she was Charles A. Dana University Professor and Head of the Division of Humanities, and at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, where she was Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American literature. In Vermont, she served on the governing board of the Vermont Council on the Humanities and chaired the Council’s Program Committee.

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