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Miriamne Krummel


Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: English


Email: Miriamne Krummel
Phone: 937-229-3424
HM 219


  • Ph.D., Lehigh University, 2002
  • M.A., Hunter College, City University of New York, 1992
  • B.A., University of Connecticut, 1988


Dr. Krummel teaches courses that emerge from her critical thinking, reading, and research in medieval studies, gender studies, disability studies and Jewish studies. Dr. Krummel loves exploring the world and traveling to far-away and exotic places. Israel, New Zealand, England, France, Iceland, Italy, Sweden and Wales are among the most exciting places she has visited. Memorable trips within the United States include Hawaii, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, Maine, Puerto Rico and Vermont. She loves trading stories about these locales.

Who is Dr. Krummel? A second-generation American, whose family on both sides came from Lithuania and Byelorusse, Dr. Krummel listened to the Yiddish language, spoken by her maternal grandmother (her Bubby), her grandmother's friends, and her mother. Today, you will find the Yiddish language sprinkled into Dr. Krummel’s vocabulary. Dr. Krummel reasons that this early introduction to a foreign language sparked her interest in foreign languages and literatures from the Middle Ages to the present.

Dr. Krummel can spend hours of her day chasing after ideas in books and unpacking these ideas in her writing. Among her most beloved activities is parsing the literature she reads. Given that her mom had earned an Ed.D. (Teachers College, Columbia) and her dad has received a Ph.D. (NYU), it comes as no surprise that she loves research and writing. But she also loves teaching and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. As a professor who advocates for democracy in the classroom, she encourages her students to view literature as a way of engaging in socially, racially, and ethically important conversations.

Research interests

  • Medieval literature
  • Old and Middle English
  • Women and gender studies
  • Jewish studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Disability studies

Courses taught

  • Survey of Early English Literature
  • Medievalism in Film
  • Images of Medieval Women in Lit
  • Chaucer and Friends
  • The Queer Medieval
  • The Medieval King Arthur, Between Fact and Fiction
  • Old English Language and Literature
  • Introduction to Disability Studies

Publication history

Krummel’s first book, Crafting Jewishness in Medieval England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), launched her journey into medieval Jews—both ontologically present and physically absent. Her second book is a volume co-edited with Tison Pugh (the University of Central Florida): Jews in Medieval England: Teaching Representations of the Other (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). This volume won the Idaho State University Teaching Literature Book Award for 2019. Jews in Medieval England figures as a multidisciplinary effort that provides readers with ideas for educating students about a people who were held hostage to myths about their violent nature—particularly in reference to the centuries-old libel of “Christ killers.”

Krummel’s third book, The Medieval Postcolonial Jew, In and Out of Time (University of Michigan Press, 2022), investigates the orating of a unique temporality around anno domini [the year of our Lord]. Krummel completed this book during a fellowship year in Ann Arbor at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. The Medieval Postcolonial Jew reveals that anno domini, in becoming the standard way of telling time and marking calendars, marginalizes non-AD timescapes and the people who follow these other temporalities.

Dr. Krummel is also at work on a fourth book project for University Press of Florida, currently entitled An Introduction to the Literature and Lives of Medieval English Jews, 900s-1400s. This book turns to visible and invisible subjects, both real and fictionalized as a way of (re)assembling a more comprehensive vision of the medieval English Jews' lives, literatures, hopes, and dreams.

Selected publications


An Introduction to the Literature and Lives of Medieval English Jews, 900s-1400s (under advanced contract, University Press of Florida).

The Medieval Postcolonial Jew, In and Out of Time Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2022.

Jews in Medieval England: Teaching Representations of the Other. Co-edited with Tison Pugh. New Middle Ages Series, ed. Bonnie Wheeler. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Crafting Jewishness in Medieval England: Legally Absent, Virtually Present, New Middle Ages Series, ed. Bonnie Wheeler. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.


“Jewish Women in Medieval English Records.” The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Medieval Women’s Writing in the Global Middle Ages, section ed. Kathryn Maude. Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. 1-7.

“Staging Encounters: The Touch of the Medieval Other.” Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 7.1 (2016): 147-60; advance online publication, 8 November 2013; doi 10.1057/pmed.2013.28: 1-14.

“Fictions of Identity: (Re)Imagining the Stories We Tell.” Special issue, “After Eco: Novel Medievalisms.” Eds. Bruce Holsinger and Stephanie Trigg. Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 7.2 (2016): 235-46. (2001): 497-528.

"Meir b. Elijah of Norwich and the Margins of Memory." Shofar 27 (2009): 1-24.

"Globalizing Jewish Communities: Mapping Jewishness in Fragment VII of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales." Texas Studies in Literature and Language 50 (2008): 121-42.

“The Semitisms of Middle English Literature.” Literature Compass 1 (2003): 1-12.

Book Chapters

“‘Enge anpathas uncuð gelad’: The Long Walk to Freedom.” Co-authored with Asa Mittman. Monsters and Monstrosity in Jewish History: From the Middle Ages to Modernity. Eds. Iris Idelson-Shein and Christian Weise (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). 21-41.

“The Ritual Murder Accusation As Medieval Invention: Linking Libels and Boy Martyrs.” The Medieval Roots of Antisemitism: Continuities and Discontinuities from the Middle Ages to the Present Day. Eds. Jonathan Adams and Cordelia Hess. New York: Routledge, 2018. 243-56.

“Bringing Meir b. Elijah of Norwich into the Classroom: Discovering a Medieval Minority Poet.” Jews in Medieval England: Teaching Representations of the Other. Eds. Miriamne Ara Krummel and Tison Pugh. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 279-94.

“Jewish Culture and Literature,” in Handbook of the Middle Ages: Fundamental Aspects and Conditions of the European Middle Ages. Ed. Albrecht Classen, 3 vols. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015. Vol. 2, 772-93.

“‘Him Jesus, That Jew!’—Representing Jewishness in the York Plays.” Jews in Medieval Christendom: “Slay Them Not.” Eds. Merrall Llewelyn Price, and Kristine T. Utterback.  Leiden: Brill, 2013. 287-311.

“The Pardoner, the Prioress, Sir Thopas, and the Monk: Semitic Discourse and the Jew(s).” The Canterbury Tales, Revisited: 21st-Century Interpretations. Ed. Kathleen Bishop. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2008. 88-110.

General Audience

“The Empire of Time.” The Academic Minute: WAMC and National Public Radio. 10 March 2022.

“Time and the Other: How Common is the ‘Common Era’”? The Conversation. 23 December
2021; republished, 3 January 2023.

“An (Un)Common Time: Sacred and Secular Crossovers.” Frankel Institute Annual (2016): 9-11.

Creative Nonfiction

Comment from the Field: “Being a Crip Professor in the Time of Covid-19: A Modern Game of Medieval Chess?” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 15.2 (2021): 245-50.

"High-Risk Pregnancy." Mothering and Literacies. Ed. Amanda Richey, and Linda Shuford Evans. Bradford, Ontario: Demeter Press, 2013. 19-31.

"Shylock, again." The Dayton Jewish Observer. Feb. 2012. 13-14.

"Darkness.” Jewish Currents 65 (Winter 2010-2011): 71.

"350 Years of Jewish Presence." The Dayton Jewish Observer. Dec. 2004. 17.

"Am I MS?" Embodied Rhetorics: Disability in Language and Culture. Eds. James C. Wilson and Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2001. 61-77.

"Reimagining the Anusim (the Forced Ones) of 15th-Century Spain." Midstream: A Monthly Jewish Review 46 (November 2000): 41-43.