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Jennifer Smith

Assistant Professor of English
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
CAC 103E


Jennifer A. T. Smith is Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of Digital Humanities at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and both her MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Smith is also currently serving as a Councilor with the Medieval Association of the Pacific. Prior to joining the Pepperdine faculty in 2014, she taught at her graduate alma mater, as well as at Occidental College and Mount St. Mary's College. In her research, Professor Smith works on the intersection of language and learning in late medieval England with an emphasis on the theological writings of the reformist educator, Bishop Reginald Pecock. This research contributes to a deeper historical and theological understanding of the universal Christian educational imperative implicit in the language of the New Testament commandment to "love your neighbor as yourself."


  • PhD, Medieval English Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012
  • PhC, Medieval English Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
  • MA, Medieval Rhetoric, Middle English, Old English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
  • BA, English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
  • "Fidelity in Versification: Modern English Translations of Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green knight," Studies in the History of the English Language, Volume IV, 2008 (121-154).
  • Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, Pepperdine University, 2018-19.
  • "Loss and Logic: Reconstructing the Missing Part of Reginald's Pecock's Book of Faith." The Medieval Association of the Pacific, Las Vegas, 2018.
  • "Reginald Pecock as Editor: Corrections to The Book of Faith." After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443 to 1517, Oxford, 2017
  • Seaver College Faculty Fellow, Pepperdine University, 2018-19.
  • Harris Manchester Summer Research Institute Fellow, Oxford, July 2017.
  • Huntington Library Exchange Fellowship with Corpus Christi College, Oxford, May-June 2016.
  • IT Tech Grant, Pepperdine University (Digital Humanities), 2015-16.


  • Digital Pedagogy
  • Middle English Literature
  • Philology
  • Reginald Pecock
  • Vernacular Theology


  • Introduction to Digital Humanities
  • Arthurian Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • The Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (GE)
  • Western Culture (GE)