Cassidy Thompson

  • Graduate Fellow

BSE in French, University of Central Missouri

BSE in Spanish, University of Central Missouri

MA in Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Georgia

Cassidy is a PhD candidate in the French department and has completed the graduate certificate in language instruction. She studies medieval French literature, focusing on how representations of facial and body hair both establish and undermine bodily, spiritual and social boundaries in the thirteenth century. She engages with a variety of genres from romances, beast fables, and saints’ lives to encyclopedias and medical and cosmetic treatises to demonstrate how discourses around hair trouble medieval efforts to organize knowledge about gender, social identity, and human nature.