Jeff Rider is Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures and Medieval Studies at Wesleyan University. He holds a B.A. in Combined French and English Literature from Yale University, a Diplôme d’Etudes Médiévales from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. His work focuses on the literature and history of northern Europe from the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries, historiography, and medievalism (why and how we study the Middle Ages today). He is the author, editor or translator of ten books and has published over thirty articles, essays, or chapters in collective works. Professor Rider has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, the American Philosophical Society, the Rotary Foundation, and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.
At Wesleyan, Professor Rider has served as chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department and the Medieval Studies Program, and has been the resident director of the Wesleyan Program in Paris numerous times. He has chaired the Educational Policy Committee, the Faculty Committee on Rights and Responsibilities, and served as Vice-Chair of the Review and Appeals Board (personnel). He has also served on the Advisory Committee (personnel), the Committee on Honors and the Faculty Student Affairs Committee.