I am a teacher and writer. I teach medieval literature at the University of Bonn, and write about literature, food, immigration, and dance.

I studied at the University of Toronto and at Yale, was a visiting scholar at Columbia, and began my career at Southern Methodist University. Before coming to Bonn I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin for two years.

I am the editor of Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi, a collection of essays and poems on the humanities in times of crisis. My scholarly essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Chaucer ReviewPMLAAngliaExemplariaForum for Modern Languages, and in various collections.

I have also published essays in the AtlanticYale ReviewSouthwest ReviewPetits Propos Culinaires, the Washington Post, and Zócalo Public Square. My essay, “My Father and the Wine,” was recently nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award and chosen for the Best American Essays 2016. 

If you’d like to be in touch, just write me at irinaalexandradumitrescu(at) If you’d like a copy of anything I have published, feel free to write me too.

(And if you wrote me at irina (at), your email probably went into the ether — the email forwarding was not working. I apologise. Do write me again at my gmail address.)



(Photo credit: Jesús Rodríguez Velasco)