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Mary Dockray-Miller (Dr. D) combines lectures, all-class discussions, and small group work in her classes to foster an academic environment that relies on student inquiry and engagement in the pursuit of academic excellence.

She teaches classes in the English major core, Medieval Studies, and the History of the English Language. Her research spans both the Old and Middle English periods. 

Her most recent book is Public Medievalists, Racism, and Suffrage in the American Women's College (Palgrave, 2017). This short monograph, part of growing interest in the study of nineteenth-century medievalism and Anglo-Saxonism, closely examines the intersections of race, class, and gender in the teaching of Anglo-Saxon in the American women’s colleges before World War I.

Her current research explores the intersections of feminist and critical race theory around the Old English poem, Exodus.

And what fictional character does Dr. D think most exemplifies her? Professor Minerva McGonagall, of course!

She holds a BA from Vassar College, an MAT from Boston University, and a PhD from Loyola University.



  • Public Medievalists, Racism, and Suffrage in the American Women's College (Palgrave, 2017). 
  • The Books and the Life of Judith of Flanders. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015.
  • “Old English Has A Serious Image Problem” JSTOR Daily 3 May 2017.
  • Saints Edith and Æthelthryth: Princesses, Miracle Workers, and their Late Medieval Audience. Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts vol.25. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009).
  • "Old English Literacy, the Digital Revolution, and New Media Aliteracy" The Heroic Age 14.1 (2010).
  • "The St. Edith Cycle in the Salisbury Breviary"  Fifteenth-Century Studies 34 (2009): 48-63.
  • Follow Professor Dockray-Miller as The Massachusetts Medievalist.

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