Claire Waters

Claire Waters

Position Title
Associate Dean of the Faculty in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Unit
Associate Dean


Bio

The College’s Associate Dean of the Faculty in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies has primary responsibility for the oversight of academic personnel and faculty affairs for faculty working within the humanities, arts and cultural studies.

A scholar of medieval literature, Professor Claire Waters joined the UC Davis English Department in 2001. Her work focuses on medieval religious literature and culture, with a particular interest in the relationship between teachers and learners, between the audiences of sermons and religious writings and the creators of those works. She is the author of two books, Angels and Earthly Creatures: Preaching, Performance, and Gender in the Later Middle Ages (Penn, 2004) and Translating Clergie: Status, Education, and Salvation in Thirteenth-Century Vernacular Texts (Penn, 2016). As a textual scholar, she produced a critical edition and translation of four fifteenth-century saints' lives from the Brigittine Abbey of Syon. She has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. Prior to this appointment, she served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University in 1998.