My name is Michael Widner. I am in the employ of the Stanford University Libraries, where I work as the Academic Technology Specialist for the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL). My role is to work with faculty and their research assistants as a consultant, collaborator, and innovator in DLCL-based digital humanities and instructional technology projects. I also organize and present workshops and lectures on practices and theories in these realms. 

I have a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin; my dissertation, titled "Genre Trouble: Embodied Cognition in Fabliaux, Gawain, and Bury St Edmunds," was supervised by Geraldine Heng and Michael Johnson. In my dissertation, I use cognitive science to argue for genre and embodiment as hermeneutic primitives. Thus, I trace variations in the representation of characters’ bodies in fabliau, romance, and chronicle, three of the most important and characteristic genres of medieval literature.

My period specialization is in medieval literature in Britain and France. I work in Middle English, Old French, Latin, Old English, Python, Javascript, Perl (deprecated), PHP, a few other machine languages, and on the command line.

Prior to entering graduate school, I worked for a good number of years as a UNIX Systems Administrator at a local ISP that was eventually absorbed by the corporation now known as AT&T. I can set up a LAMP stack in my sleep. I'm learning to skateboard, which causes me to fall sometimes; I get back up. 

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