Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Jonathan Hsy (pronounced “shoo”) is Associate Professor of English at George Washington University, and his work broadly asks how critical theory and cultural analysis can reshape our understandings of language, identity, and disability (from the Middle Ages to the present). Hsy is the author of Antiracist Medievalisms: From “Yellow Peril” to Black Lives Matter (Arc Humanities Press, 2021) and Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and Medieval Literature (Ohio State University Press, 2013), and he is a co-editor of A Cultural History of Disability in the Middle Ages (Bloomsbury, 2020).
Hsy is currently the Director of Undergraduate Advising for the Department of English, and he regularly teaches in the areas of Disability Studies and Asian American Studies.
Hsy’s publications have appeared in the Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature, Early Modern Women Journal, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Literature Compass, New Medieval Literatures, PMLA, and postmedieval.
Hsy is founding co-director of the GW Digital Humanities Institute and founding co-director of Global Chaucers. His other collaborative and online endeavors include In The Middle (a group medieval studies blog), the Digital Medieval Disability Glossary, and a crowdsourced bibliography on Race and Medieval Studies.
Hsy’s diversity work aims to build and sustain supportive networks for historically underrepresented communities across academic institutions and beyond the academy. He is a founding member of the Medievalists of Color and a founding executive board member of RaceB4Race, and he has held leadership positions on the MLA’s Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.