Robyn Malo

Robyn Malo

Associate Professor // English

Associate Professor // SIS // Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Office and Contact

Room: HEAV 331B


Phone: (765) 494-6377


British Literature

Research Areas:
Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve; narrative theory; late medieval religious literature and culture


Robyn Malo (PhD, Ohio State University, 2007) joined the department of English at Purdue in 2008 and is associate professor of Middle English Literature. Professor Malo specializes in the vernacular literature of late medieval England, particularly Chaucer, Gower, and Hoccleve; her work also focuses on late medieval religious literature and material culture, as well as on narrative theory.

Her first book, Relics and Writing in Late Medieval England  was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2013 (paperback 2014): Her essays have appeared in The Chaucer ReviewStudies in the Age of Chaucer, and the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, among other places; she is co-editor, with Shannon Gayk, of "The Sacred Object," a special issue of JMEMS (October 2014). Her current projects include a book-length study of medieval vernacular confession, and her interests extend to include the status of the humanities and premodern studies in the twenty-first century university, as well as the use of Boethius and the role of narrative consolation in Chaucer’s poetry.

Recent invited lectures include Yale University, Duke University, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the University of Notre Dame, and the NEH Teaching Chaucer Seminar (London, UK). She is serving as co-chair of the program committee for the Twenty-Second Biennial International Congress of the New Chaucer Society – Durham, United Kingdom, July 2020:

Professor Malo has won teaching awards for every single semester of her decade at Purdue University at both the graduate and undergraduate levels: the Department of English awarded her the Overall Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2011-2012; in 2014, she was awarded an Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award for the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue. In 2017, the College of Liberal Arts awarded her the Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, and in 2018, she was both nominated by the College for the university-wide Murphy Award, and the Department of English awarded her the Overall Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award.

She regularly teaches undergraduate courses on literary studies and literary theory, and graduate and undergraduate courses on Chaucer, late medieval literature, and Middle English language.

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