Promoted to Associate Professor
Michael Johnston researches the literary and cultural history of late medieval England, with a particular focus on the genre of romance. He investigates surviving manuscripts in an attempt to understand the range of readers who encountered such texts. After completing his BA in English at John Carroll University in 2000, his M.Litt. in Mediaeval English at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) in 2001, and his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 2007, he taught for one year at the University of North Texas. He has been a member of Purdue’s English Department since 2008. His first book, Romance and the Gentry in Late Medieval England, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in the summer of 2014. He recently co-edited Robert Thornton and His Books: New Essays on the Lincoln and London Manuscripts (York Medieval Press, 2014) and a special volume on teaching the history of the book for Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching. He has published articles in Neophilologus, Yearbook of Langland Studies, Viator, Journal of the Early Book Society, and Journal of English and Germanic Philology.