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

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 articles have appeared or are forthcoming in PMLAAngliaExemplariaForum for Modern LanguagesThe Chaucer Reviewpostmedieval, 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 reprinted in 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 previously wrote me and I didn’t respond, please do write again — wordpress’ email forwarding isn’t working.)

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