College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Thelma Trujillo is a writer and educator from La Villita, Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Literary and Cultural Studies from Illinois State University. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of English at The University of Iowa interested in premodern critical race studies, hagiography, and the borderlands in the Early English period and the Middle Ages (1000-1350). Her previous work has focused on the construction of female sanctity and gender in Old English hagiography; on ethnic and racial boundaries in Beowulf; and on medieval appropriations in contemporary art and poetry. She is committed to feminist and antiracist pedagogy, as well as making Medieval Studies a more sustainable and equitable field.