McKenzie Peck

McKenzie Peck
PhD Candidate, Graduate Instructor

Ph.D. in English with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Missouri, anticipated 2023

  • Dissertation: "A History and Examination of Robert Thornton and His Manuscripts"

M.A. in English with a concentration in Medieval Literature, Texas Tech University, 2018

  • Thesis: “The Tail of the Manuscript: The Editorial Transformation of the Bob-Line in Chaucer’s The Tale of Sir Thopas” 

B.A. in English with an emphasis in Literary Studies, Magna Cum Laude, Honors Certificate, Utah Valley University, 2015   

  • Honors Thesis: “Epic Heroes and Their Epic Flaws: Textual Notions of Heroism in The Illiad, Beowulf, and Paradise Lost” 
Research and Teaching

Areas of Study

  • Medieval Literature

Pronouns: she/her

McKenzie Peck is a fifth-year PhD student at University of Missouri in English with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She is interested in medieval literature, particularly Middle English texts, illuminated manuscripts, and game culture theory. She researches the crossover from medieval manuscripts to early print in England and how changes in the handwritten manuscript versus the printed edition can alter the reception of the text by the audience as well as inform audiences about the text’s authors / scribes / illuminators / printers / etc. McKenzie is also interested in the junctures between illuminations and written text alongside the messages they create. Lastly, she examines areas of game and play within manuscript texts and images-- areas where the audience must participate in the "game" of the manuscript created by the author / scribe / etc.

Awards and Honors

Gus Reid Award for Outstanding Teaching of Composition, University of Missouri, 2022

Shaw Opportunities for Excellence Award, University of Missouri, 2021

English Graduate Fellowship, University of Missouri, 2021

The Elizabeth T. Barnes Memorial Graduate Fellowship, University of Missouri, 2020 

Best Graduate Paper Award, “Chaucer’s Workes and Lydgate’s Siege of Thebes”, University of Missouri, 2020

Best Graduate Paper Award, “Chaucer and Butler: Reimaginings of Gender and Sexuality in a Recent Retelling of The Canterbury Tales”, University of Missouri, 2019

Best MA Instructor for the 2017-2018 School Year, Texas Tech University, 2018