Judith Tschann grew up in the Midwest eating lefse, studied on the east coast eating bagels with a schmeer, and taught for many years on the west coast, often bringing donuts to class. She has a Ph.D. in English from Stony Brook University, where she specialized in Old and Middle English literature and history of the English language.
She is Professor Emerita at the University of Redlands, where she served for five years as chair of the English Department and taught an array of courses in literature and language, including History of the English Language, Introduction to Linguistics, Latin Tutorials, Homer in Translation, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s plays, Jane Austen’s novels, History of Literary Theory, Laughter in Lit, and Food in Lit. She received a number of teaching awards including Mortarboard Professor of the Year Award. Teaching was always top priority and an occasion to learn from her students’ prodding, questioning, differing points of view, and styles of learning.
Tschann received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and has lectured and written for both academic and popular audiences. She lives with her husband in Redlands, California, and enjoys food-fueled chinwags with family and friends.
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