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Dr Jessica Berenbeim

Fellow, Acting Director of Studies in English (Part II, Academic year 2020-2021)
Lecturer in English
Medieval Studies; Literature and Visual Culture

Jessica Berenbeim is a University Lecturer at the Faculty of English and a Fellow of Jesus College.

Academic interests

The aesthetics and materiality of writing; medieval art and architecture; archives and archival theory; the cultural history of medieval Britain.

The central theme of my research is the role of visual culture in documentation, historical knowledge, and political power. I teach for the medieval literature papers in Part I and Part II, and on visual and material culture more broadly in Part II.

My teaching and supervision interests include: interdisciplinary medieval studies; material texts; the intersections of literary and visual culture; history and theory of museums, libraries, and archives.


I’m from the USA (BA, PhD Harvard), and I first came to the UK to study here in Cambridge for the MPhil. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, and I’ve also held fellowships at or collaborated with a number of cultural institutions, including the British Library, the British Museum, and the National Archives.

Publications, links and resources

Please visit Dr Berenbeim's faculty page for an up to date list of current and forthcoming publications.

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