Assistant Professor


  • Office Hours:

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-4, and by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
    • Thomas Mark Scholar
  • Department:

    • English


B.A., English, University of Virginia; M.A. and Ph.D., English, New York University.

Lynn Shutters teaches medieval and early modern literature, women and gender studies, and literary theory. Her academic interests include representations of love, sex, and marriage in medieval literature; representations of non-Western peoples in medieval literature; and medievalism. As a medievalist, she is committed to tracing connections between the Middle Ages and present-day cultural phenomena. Along these lines, she recently taught a capstone course entitled “The Marriage Plot” in which students considered how stories about love and marriage spanning from the twelfth to twenty-first centuries intertwine with beliefs regarding gender, sexuality, race, religion, and nationality.

She was the Thomas Mark Scholar for the 2018-19 academic year, and is currently the Thomas Mark Scholar for the 2019-2020 year. This position, created to honor a former professor of the Colorado State English Department, provides support for her upcoming participation in conferences at University of California, Berkeley, University of Notre Dame, and Durham University in the UK.


Venues of publication for her work include The Chaucer Review, Comparative Literature, Medieval Feminist Forum, and various edited collections. She recently completed co-editing a volume of essays entitled Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Cross-Cultural Encounters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), about which she blogged on In the Middle: Her current work includes a book project entitled Chaucer’s Pagan Women and a co-edited special issue of The Chaucer Review on Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women.