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Marisa Sikes

Marisa Sikes

Assistant Professor

Languages & Literature

“I love learning from my students as much as they learn from me, especially through their creative projects, which often respond to texts we study from an entirely new perspective.” Dr. Sikes on what she enjoys about her interactions with students
  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico (2012)
  • M.A., University of South Florida (2004)
  • B.A., University of South Florida (2001)

Marisa Sikes joined the APSU faculty in fall 2014 after teaching at the University of New Mexico for two years upon completion of her Ph.D. She specializes in the literature and culture of the Middle Ages with an emphasis on Middle English language and literature, gender and medieval women authors, and religious literature. Her current research engages with French feminist theory and the writings of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, particularly her dramas. She has published in the online journal The Once and Future Classroom, sponsored by TEAMS, the Teaching Association for Medieval Studies, and has an article that will be forthcoming in the journal Quidditas. On campus Dr. Sikes has organized the Pilgrimage through Medieval Language and Literature every spring since her hiring, which brings students and faculty together outside of the classroom to experience languages and literature from the past. Dr. Sikes teaches courses in British Literature, medieval women's writing, Chaucer, world literature, and the first-year writing program. She teaches online and traditional classes, and has earned the Quality Matters (QM) Peer Reviewer credential, a tool that helps ensure excellence in her online course design.

  • Pedagogy of the Middle Ages,
  • Middle English literature,
  • Hagiographies,
  • Conduct literature
  • Gender studies