Sylvia A. Federico

Professor of English



Hathorn Hall, Room 312

Classical and Medieval Studies

Hathorn Hall, Room 312


Sylvia Federico is Professor of English and member of the Classical and Medieval Studies Program at Bates College. Her research focuses on late medieval English, French, and Latin literatures, and particularly on the intersections between historical and textual culture.

At Bates, Professor Federico teaches introductory and advanced medieval literature, language, and culture. Recent courses include Chaucer, Arthurian Romance, and Medieval London.

Professor Federico is the recent recipient of several prestigious teaching and research awards, including the Mrs. Giles Whiting Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and the American Council of Learned Societies ACLS Fellowship.

Federico is author of The Classicist Writings of Thomas Walsingham: ‘Worldly Cares’ at St Albans Abbey in the Fourteenth Century (York Medieval Press, Boydell & Brewer, 2016), New Troy: Fantasies of Empire in the Late Middle Ages (U of Minnesota Press, 2003), and many articles on Chaucer and other late medieval topics; she is also co-editor, with Elizabeth Scala, of The Post-Historical Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).