Shelby Preston

Graduate Instructor

BA-Missouri State University

MA-University of Rochester

PhD-University of Missouri

Research and Teaching

Areas of Study

  • English Literature and Linguistics
  • Medieval Literature
  • Early Modern/Renaissance Literature


Research interests focus on late medieval romance.


Pronouns: she/her

Shelby is interested in textual resistance to boundary relationships in the late medieval romance literature of Europe. She seeks to examine points of contact which reveal the ambiguity and multidirectional influence that occurs between established cultural and national boundaries. In this analysis, she seeks to privilege the conversations of critical race scholarship in order to support conclusions about poetic form unique which occurs in texts from the borderlands.

Awards and Honors

2021 Sewanee Medieval Studies Colloquium Fellowship, Donald E. and Mary Frances Hayden English Fellowship Award, Best English Graduate Student Paper—University of Missouri (2nd place), Lee H. Harris Scholarship