Dr. Emily Leverett
B.A., Claremont McKenna College; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University
Emily Lavin Leverett is an Associate Professor of English, with her primary focus on Britain’s Middle Ages. Her primary area of focus is Medieval Romance—tales of adventure, magic, chivalry, faith, and fantasy. With its stirring conflicts and dramatic story arcs, not to mention humor, romance reflects both the real conflicts of the day and the desires of the audience. She also studies medievalism, the ways that the romances of medieval Britain have made their way into contemporary arts, specifically English author Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. In her teaching of the Middle Ages, she strives to bring both the humanity and diversity of the period to students. Understanding the past is crucial to understanding the present.
Dr. Leverett teaches the following courses: Freshman Composition (ENG 1010 and 1040); the British Literature Survey from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Restoration (ENG 2110); Shakespeare (ENG 3740); Medieval Literature (ENG 3730); Chaucer (ENG 3710) and Advanced Grammar (ENG/WRI 3220).
Dr. Leverett is also involved in Methodist University’s Study Abroad program and, along with other faculty, has taken students abroad to Great Britain several times.
When not teaching or researching, she is an editor and writer of science fiction and fantasy. She has co-edited four volumes of shorts stories, including two focusing on villains and monsters (The Big Bad and The Big Bad II), and two featuring westerns (Tales from the Weird Wild West, and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier). She has also edited for two benefit anthologies: We are Not This and Chasing the Light.
Along with short stories, she is a novelist. Changeling’s Fall, her first novel, debuted in 2016. The first book in the five-book series The Eisteddfod Chronicles, it was co-written with author and medievalist Sarah Joy Adams. The second novel, Winter’s Heir, came out in 2018. The books chronicle the stories of Deor Smithfiled, a human-faerie changeling, and her quest to find her place in the Winter Court, and Rafe Farringdon, the Sword of Peace and Justice of the Winter Court, and his struggle to balance power and loyalty. The series is published by Falstaff Books, a small independent press in Charlotte, North Carolina. All of her books are available through the Falstaff Website and wherever eBooks are sold. You can find her author website at www.emilylavinleverett.com.
Finally, she and her husband are avid Carolina Hurricanes hockey fans and the owners of three rambunctious cats.