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James Buffington Harr

Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media


James is a second-year Ph.D. student and Graduate Assistant, interested in digital humanities with a focus on medieval paleography, prosopography, and digitized manuscripts. As an M.A. student, his thesis, “’Acting up in Church’: Aspects of Performance in the Regularis Concordia Anglicae Nationis Monachorum Sanctimonialiumque,” a study of early liturgical drama using Winchester Cathedral as the primary representation of theatre space, was awarded the mark of distinction. He is a HASTAC Scholar (2017-19) studying under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Stinson.

  • B.A. in English Literature from Albright College
  • M.A. in Medieval English Literature from the University of Leeds
  • Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from North Carolina State University (anticipated 2021)


“Logical Fallacies.” They Say, I Say with Readings. Wake Technical Community College edition, Edited by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst, Norton: 2017

“John, the 15th Century Actor” Medieval History, Vol. 2, October 2003


Telle us som moral thyng: Preaching Texts, Reading Texts, and Voice in the Medieval English Sermon”—Sixth Annual Symposium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO (June 2018)

Magnum Notitia: Application of Social Network Analysis as Framework for Constructing the 13th Century Prosopography”—Digital Matters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC (April 2018)

“Like a Virgin: Costumes, Cross-Dressing, and Subterfuge as Rebellion in Female Hagiography”—18th Annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC (March 2018)

“Minims, Ligatures, and Algorithms: Problems and Questions Surrounding Digital Paleography”—Paleography Working Group Meeting, Duke University, Durham, NC (February 2018)

“‘Soldier, Saint, and Saviour’: The Cult of St Demetrius as Portrayed in the Medieval Literary Tradition”—International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, England (July 2014)

“Experiencing Christ’s Presence in the Early English Liturgical Drama”— Medieval/Renaissance Conference, University of Virginia at Wise, Wise, VA (September 2003)

“‘Playing the Martyr’: The 16th Century Conversion of St. Paul as a Guideline for the 21st Century Actor”—International Congress for Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2003)


Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Bibliographic Citations and Annotations, Regular Contributor, 2014-present