Jennifer Tran Smith earned her BA from UC Berkeley in 2003 and her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2012. She is fascinated by the intersection of language and learning and uses that interest to inspire her work as a teacher and researcher. She has taught a wide variety of classes in medieval and Early Modern history and literature (including Beowulf, Chaucer, and Shakespeare), poetry, and writing composition at both MSMC and UCLA. She is currently working on a book that analyzes the pedagogical style of Reginald Pecock, a fifteenth-century English bishop and linguistic innovator. She has published or presented papers on Bede’s Ecclesiastical History, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and St. Katherine of Alexandria. Jennifer has also served for two years as a committee member for the Medieval Academy of America, worked on multiple digital humanities projects, and catalogued manuscripts for the Charles E. Young Library Department of Special Collections.
She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.