Research Area(s)

  • Mediaeval Welsh language and literature
  • The blood feud
  • Arthurian literature
  • The Cult of Chivalry and the Religion of Love


  • B.A., St. Francis Xavier
  • M.A., University of Wales, Bangor
  • M.A., University of Toronto
  • M.S.L. , Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, Centre for Mediaeval Studies

Research Projects

  • Wealh in Old English Literature
  • Proverbs in Scots and Welsh
  • Ywain and Gawain: A study

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Michael Cichon and Yin Liu, eds. Proverbia Septentrionalia: Essays on Proverbs in Medieval Scandinavian and English Literature. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 542. Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2019. 
  • “'As ye have brewd, so shal ye drink': the Proverbial Context of Eger and Grime.” Medieval Romance, Medieval Contexts.  Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, 2011.
  • Purdie, Rhiannon and Michael Cichon, eds., and intro. Medieval Romance, Medieval Contexts. Studies in Medieval Romance. Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, 2011.
  • Violence and Vengeance in Middle Welsh and Middle English Narrative, Mellen, NY:  2009
  • “Mishandled vessels: heaving drinks and hurling insults in mediaeval Welsh literature and law.” Canadian Journal of History.
  • “Eros and Error: Gross Sexual Transgression in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi.” The Erotic in the Literature of Medieval Britain. Boydell and Brewer Publishers, UK.
  • “‘Tis Policy and stratagem must do:”  Rape, Deception and Vendetta in The most lamentable Roman tragedy of Titus AndronicusShell Games: Studies in Scams, Frauds, and Deceits (1300-1650). 
  • “Insult and Redress in Cyfraith Hywel Dda and Welsh Arthurian Romance.” Arthuriana 10: 3.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • English 110.6 and 112.3
  • English 286.3
  • English 301.3 and 310.3
  • English 386.3
  • English 401.6; 402.3 and 498.3
  • English 801.3

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Associate Dean's advisor on the STM cohort program pilot