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Míċeál Vaughan

Professor of Comparative Literature and English

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Box: 354338
A309 PDL
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By appointment


Ph.D., English, Cornell University, 1973
M.A., English, Cornell University, 1972
B.A., English and Classics, College of St. Thomas, 1968
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I was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1946, and emigrated with my family to the US in December 1956.  After a brief sojourn in Wisconsin, we settled in St. Paul, Minnesota.

For high school and first two-and-a-half years of college, I studied in Catholic seminaries run by the Columban Fathers, an Irish-American missionary order of the Catholic Church.  The high school was in Silver Creek, New York, and the college was in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.  I completed my college work at the College of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MInnesota), graduating with honors in December 1968, with majors in English and Classics. 

I attended Cornell University from 1969 to 1973, specializing in medieval literature and medieval and early modern drama, and with a dissertation on liturgical elements in the structuring of Piers Plowman B, under the direction of Robert E. Kaske.

I joined the faculty of the English Department at the University of Washington in September 1973, and became a member of the faculty in Comparative Literature in 1975.  I was promoted to Associate Professor in 1980, and to Professor in 2011.  During my time as Associate Professor, I served as Director of Graduate Studies in English (1987-90), as Vice Chair (1991-92) and Chair (1992-93) of the UW's Faculty Senate, as Secretary of the Faculty (1994-99), as Co-Director of the Textual Studies Program (1997-2012), and as Director of Undergraduate Studies in English (2007-09).  I was appointed Chair of Comparative LIterature in 2012.


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Professional Affiliations: 
Medieval Academy of America, International Piers Plowman Society, New Chaucer Society, Society for Textual Scholarship, Medieval Association of the Pacific, Early English Text Society, Piers Plowman Electronic Archive

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