Tim Machan

Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature
Fellow of the Medieval Institute

Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature
208 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-7226


Areas of study

  • Medieval


University of Wisconsin Ph.D.;

University of Durham M.A.

Research and teaching interests

historical English linguistics; medieval language and literature; history of the book


Tim William Machan is Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature at the University of Notre Dame. His teaching and research involve both medieval language and literature and historical English linguistics. Focusing on Norse, Latin, and French as well as English, his medieval scholarship has explored the interplay among a variety of theoretical and practical concerns, including the cultural nuances of physical documents, literary expression, linguistic conventions, multilingualism, contact between English and other traditions, and the historicity of critical approaches. In English linguistics, he has examined individual and institutional responses to language change, the shifting status of varieties within the English linguistic repertoire, and the persistence of language attitudes from the medieval period until the present. His most recent books are English Begins at Jamestown: Narrating the History of a Language (Oxford, 2022) and Northern Memories and the English Middle Ages (Manchester 2020). He has held grants and fellowships from the ACLS, NEH, and Fulbright Foundation.

Representative publications