A doctoral candidate in the department of English, John is a medievalist who studies the literatures and devotional cultures of 14th and 15th century England with particular emphases on Chaucer and the history of Chaucer criticism. His dissertation focuses on Chaucer’s experimental use of the saint’s life genre in the Canterbury Tales, the degree to which that experimentation has been avoided in literary history, and the image of “Father Chaucer” that history has constructed. John’s other research interests include literary and critical theory (especially queer theory, affect theory, and psychoanalysis), contemporary poetry and poetics, queer studies, and Chicanx literature. He’s presented papers at the biennial congress of the New Chaucer Society, the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the annual conference of the South Central Modern Language Association. He also holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Texas State University-San Marcos and has published poetry and lyric essays in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, most recently in Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands (San Francisco: Aunt Lute, 2016). At UT he’s taught Rhetoric and Composition (RHE 306), Reading Poetry (E 314L), and Mexican American Literature and Culture (E 314V). He began working as a consultant in the UWC in 2014, has been the editor of Praxis’s blog AXIS, and joined the administrative team as an APC in 2017. He’s originally from South Texas.