Miriamne Krummel

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Miriamne Krummel
Phone: 937-229-3424

HM 219


Dr. Krummel earned her B.A. degree at University of Connecticut and her M.A. degree at Hunter College, City University of New York. She completed her Ph.D. at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The courses she teaches emerge from her critical thinking, reading, and research in medieval studies, gender studies, and Jewish studies. Dr. Krummel loves exploring the world and traveling to far-away and exotic places. Israel, New Zealand, Iceland, Italy, and Wales are among the most exciting places she has visited. Memorable trips within the United States include Hawaii, New Mexico, Washington, and Oregon, Maine, and Vermont. She loves trading stories about these locales.

Who is Dr. Krummel? A second-generation American, whose family on both sides came from Europe, Dr. Krummel listened to the Yiddish language, spoken by her 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 talking about those ideas in her writing. Among her most favorite activities is parsing the literature she reads. Given that both of my parents are Ph.D.s, 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 includes her students in the conversation about ideas that emerge from the literature they read.

Faculty Perspective

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 co-edited volume with Tison Pugh (the University of Central Florida): Jews in Medieval England: Teaching Representations of the ‘Other’ (under contract, Palgrave Macmillan). Their co-edited volume, 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, Sacred Matters: The Medieval Postcolonial Jew, In and Out of Time, is single-authored. Krummel completed this book during a delightful year in Ann Arbor at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. Sacred Matters investigates the making of annus domini [the year of our Lord] temporality. Through select pieces of literature, Sacred Matters reveals a temporal phenomenon that materializes wherein some characters are portrayed as enjoying privileged positions inside of annus domini while O/others suffer from being marginalized as outsiders to this time.


  • Ph.D., Lehigh University, 2002

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications


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


"Staging Encounters: The Touch of the Medieval Other." Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies advance online publication, 8 November 2013; doi:10.1057/pmed.2013.28: 1-14; (print version forthcoming 2016).

"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.

"The Tale of Ceïx and Alceone: Alceone’s Agency in Gower’s 'Audible Mime.'" Exemplaria 13 (2001): 497-528.

Book Chapters:

“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).” TheCanterbury Tales, Revisited: 21st-Century Interpretations. Ed. Kathleen Bishop. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2008. 88-110.

“Getting Even: Social Control and Uneasy Laughter in the Croxton Play of the Sacrament.” Medieval

English Comedy. Eds. Sandra Hordis, and Paul Hardwick. Profane Arts Series. Turnhout, Belguim: Brepols, 2007. 171-93.

Creative Nonfiction

"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.