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Zachary Hines

Zachary Hines

Zachary Hines

Assistant Professor


Galvin Hall
4240 Campus Dr, Lima, OH 45804

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Areas of Expertise

  • Medieval Literature
  • Manuscript Culture
  • Book History


  • PhD, English, The University of Texas at Austin, 2018
  • MA, Medieval English, Kings College London, 2010
  • BA, English and Anthropology, Wake Forest University, 2009

Zachary Hines is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at The Ohio State University, where he specializes in medieval literature, manuscript culture, and the history of books. As a scholar of premodern reading and writing, Zach discovers in old books direct connections between material texts and literary forms and explains how their postmedieval reception informed antiquarian, institutional, and scholarly perceptions of the English Middle Ages. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography, faculty affiliate in the OSU Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and on the Board of Directors for TEAMS, the Teaching Association for Medieval Studies.


Zach joined Ohio State’s faculty in 2020 after receiving his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Texas. During his time in Austin, he was Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia (2015-2017), Text Technologies Fellow at Stanford University (2016), and taught across UT’s undergraduate literature curriculum: seminars on Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton; first-year writing and rhetoric classes; and courses on literature and film, banned books, detective fiction, cult classics, and popular medievalisms. At Ohio State, he also teaches courses in GEN Foundations and GEN Themes, including historical surveys in British Literature (ENG 2201/2202) and classes on Shakespeare (ENG 2220), King Arthur (ENG 3395), and #DarkAcademia (ENG 3364). Recent offerings for English majors have included courses dedicated to women in the Middle Ages, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the works of the Pearl-poet, and Middle English literature. His current writing project, a book about books, investigates the confluence of material adaptation and metaphorical discourse in the treatment of medieval manuscripts after the Middle Ages.

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