Thomas Hill

Professor of English and Medieval Studies


Tom Hill was educated in private schools in Florida, received his BA from Harvard University in 1961, his MA from the University of Illinois in 1963, and his PhD from Cornell University in 1967. He has taught at the University of Illinois and Cornell University and at NEH Summer Programs at Harvard University. He is a medievalist who works on Old and Middle English, Old French, Old Norse-Icelandic and Medieval Latin literature. Among his current interests are patristic and medieval Biblical exegesis, medieval folklore, and Old English and early Germanic legal texts.

Research Focus

  • Old English
  • Middle English
  • Old Norse-Icelandic
  • Old French
  • Though primarily interested in literature, have served on committees of students interested in linguistics on occasion
  • Old Norse-Icelandic and Medieval Latin Literature
  • Patristic and medieval Biblical exegesis
  • Medieval folklore
  • Old English and early Germanic law and legal texts

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