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PhD, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Harvard University
Frank Grady teaches courses in medieval literature, literary theory, and film. He has written widely on Chaucer and his contemporaries, and he served as editor of the annual Studies in the Age of Chaucer from 2002-2007. His book Representing Righteous Heathens in Late Medieval England (2005) explores how medieval writers used the figure of the virtuous pagan to confront a variety of historical, cultural, and formal literary issues. His edited collections include Answerable Style: Form and History in Medieval English Literature (2013; co-edited with Andrew Galloway), the second edition of the MLA's Approaches to Teaching Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (2014; with Peter Travis), and The Cambridge Companion to the Canterbury Tales (2020).
He served as Chair of English from 2014-2022 and as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2022-23.
Current projects include more work on Piers Plowman and a study of literate practices in fifteenth-century England. When not in the office, he can be found cooking, fishing, birding, streaming sci-fi series, raising monarch butterflies, and playing keyboards in his Steely Dan tribute band, the Luckless Pedestrians.*
*note: one of these things is not actually true.