Nicole D. Smith

Class Year

1996

Professional Background

As a scholar of medieval English literature, I am interested in late fourteenth-century guides to sin and salvation, particularly those concerning vernacular theology, the Apostles' Creed, and Chaucer's Parson's Tale. I especially enjoy the detective work associated with textual studies and the manuscript histories of the works that I research. I teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and I am advisor to our chapter of the National English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?

I discovered medieval literature while an undergraduate at Duke! Had I not been exposed by some of Duke's finest English professors to the pleasures and complexities of literature produced during England's Middle Ages, I would not be where I am today. Duke English has not only shaped my research interests but also my teaching practices, which have been handsomely rewarded by my present institution.

Nicole D. Smith
University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Professor of Medieval English Literature, University of North Texas