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

My monograph, The Experience of Education in Anglo-Saxon Literature, is forthcoming from Cambridge. I am also working on several edited projects: a special issue of Medieval Feminist Forum on “Women’s Arts of the Body,” an essay collection on Early English Poetics and the History of Style with Eric Weiskott, and a florilegium of Anglo-Saxon Women with Emily Butler and Hilary Fox.

My scholarly articles have appeared or are forthcoming in PMLA, The Chaucer ReviewAngliaExemplariaForum for Modern Language Studies, postmedieval, and in various collections.

Recently, I edited 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. I have also published pieces in The TenderloinLongreadsPolitico.euAtlanticYale ReviewSouthwest ReviewPetits Propos CulinairesWashington Post, and Zócalo Public Square.

My essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the James Beard Foundation’s MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, have received the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for nonfiction, and been reprinted in Best American Essays 2016.

If you’d like to be in touch, just write me at irinaalexandradumitrescu (at)

(Photo credit: Jesús Rodríguez Velasco)