||Professor of English; Interim Director, Graduate Studies (English); Director, Medieval Studies Minor; Coordinator, XXITE, Winthrop's Initiative for XXIst-Century Technology Excellence
Ph.D., English (concentrations in Medieval English and English Language and Rhetoric), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
M.A., English, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
B.A., English, University of Pennsylvania
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Medieval Language and Literature, British Literature, Social Media, Humanities Computing
Dr. Koster's primary areas of scholarship are in women’s literacy and literate practices in the later Middle Ages, especially in England, and in applications of social media and humanities computing to pedagogy and English literature. In 2009, she received the Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement from the Southeastern Medieval Association. She currently is finishing a book on medieval women's literacy, working with issues of material culture in Chaucer and with the development of opus Anglicanum in England. Recently she has collaborated with both colleagues and students in writing about the effects of using social media in the college writing and literature classrooms.
Besides a long series of articles, essays, and reviews, she's published a number of poems in small collections. Koster also is studying book arts and learning to make and bind books. All of this serves as a cover for her fanatical interests in rock 'n' roll and NASCAR and as an excuse for making her famous five-chocolate brownies.