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Dr. Rebecca StephensonDr. Rebecca Stephenson is the holder of the Tommy and Mary Barham Endowed Professorship in English.

Stephenson is an associate professor of English and has been a faculty member of the English Department since 2004.

Stephenson earned her Bachelors of Arts in English and Classical Studies from Trinity University. She went on to obtain her Masters in Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She continued her study at Notre Dame to receive her Ph.D. in 2004.

Stephenson’s current research is for her book project tentatively titled, “Finding Literature in Coputus and Scientific Writing: Discourses of Identity in Anglo-Saxon England.”

In this work, Stephenson looks at how scientific writings from Anglo-Saxon England construct narratives that place Anglo-Saxons in their world. Particularly she focuses on how the eccentric “scientific” understanding of time influenced the sequence of time in Anglo-Saxon narratives.

This research comes on the coattails of her last book project, “The Politics of Language: Byrhtferth, Aelfric, and the Multilingual Identity of the Benedictine Reform," which is currently under consideration at University of Toronto Press.

In addition to her work as an educator and researcher, Stephenson is a member of three professional organizations including the Modern Language Association, the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, and The Medieval Academy of America. 

Stephenson is also a member of many institutional committees including the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Curriculum Committee, the College of Arts and Sciences Recruitment Committee, the English Department Scholarship Committee, the English Department Curriculum Committee, and the English Department Sophomore Assessment Committee.

About the Endowment: 

The Tommy and Mary Barham Endowed Professorship in English endowment was established to maintain excellence in teaching, learning and research at ULM.