Hopkins, Shay

PhD candidate


Seattle University, B.A.
University of California at Santa Barbara, M.A.

I am a PhD candidate studying English Literature and Medieval Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. I earned an M.A. in English from UCSB in 2012 and a B.A. in English with Departmental Honors from Seattle University in 2009.




South Hall 2432-P

Office Hours: 

Spring 17: please email for appointment


(805) 893-4622



Mailing Address: 

English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9580


Medieval Literature

Research Interests: 

Hagiography and historiography in Anglo-Norman England; revisionist history/speculative history; the long 12th century; Anglo-Norman vernacular texts; the digital humanities; manuscript studies/codicology/new materialism.


Research Excerpt: 

My research focuses on post-conquest hagiographies of Anglo-Saxon political figures and how saints' lives inform a political narrative of the past.

Languages: Old English, Middle English, Latin, Medieval Latin, French


Other Publications: 

Archive of Early Middle English (AEME), Digital Development Contributor, (TEI 5 for XML) 2014-present

Review of How to Make a Human: Animals and Violence in the MIddle Ages by Karl Steel. Comitatus 43 (2012) 286-288.



Projects (Initiatives, Grants, etc.): 

Vercelli Book and Anglo-Saxon Studies Grant, Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare, 2013.



Selected Lectures: 

" XML and Medieval Markup: Encoding Wayfinding Techniques in the Hagiographies of  Oxford, Bodleian Library, Laud Misc. 108," The New Chaucer Society, London, England, forthcoming July 2016

“ 'ne sai ki sui' : Speculative History and the Havelok Legend," The International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan,  May 2015.

"Sanctifying the Secular: The Hagiographic Politics of the Havelok Episode in Gaimar's Estoire des Engleis," PAMLA, University of California at Riverside, October 2014.

The Humanities and Technology: Diving into the Digital Humanities, DHSoCal THATCamp, San Diego State University, October 2014

"Sovereign Identity in Guillaume d'Angleterre." The Medieval Association of the Pacific, University of San Diego, March 2013.

Recent Courses Taught