I received my BA from the University of Toronto and my PhD from Yale. I now teach Old and Middle English 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 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, for Punctum Books.

My essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the James Beard Foundation’s MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, and received the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for nonfiction. One piece has been included in Best American Essays 2016 (with two others selected as notables over the years), and another essay appeared in Best Food Writing 2017.

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

(Photo credit: Jesús Rodríguez Velasco)