Jennifer Reid

Jennifer Reid Title: Instructor


Jennifer completed her PhD at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies. Her dissertation focussed on the biopsychosocial impact of Christian conversion and textual media on the populations of Ireland and Britain as registered in their literary outputs during the Early Middle Ages. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Institute for Humanities Research at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and a Visiting Scholar with the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program at the University of Auckland. Before her arrival in Winnipeg, she was a professor in the Book and Media Studies Program at the University of Toronto. Her abiding passion is exploration of the interconnections between language, media, and identity, both historically and in the contemporary world.

Jennifer is a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Digital Life and a Member of the Media Ecology Association (MEA).


Jennifer believes in learning by doing. Her aim is to equip students with the necessary tools for critical thinking in the development of their own real-world praxis. Characterized by a spirit of inquiry, her classroom is a creative zone in which all students are invited to participate in a process of collaborative and innovative exchange. Like Harold A. Innis, she believes that “students should be taken to the edge of the precipice beyond which knowledge does not exist.”

Teaching Areas:
• Medieval Studies
• Media Studies
• Linguistics


(F) ENGL-2802-001 Syntax

(W) ENGL-2806-001 Semantics

(F) ENGL-3800-001 Textual Analysis

“Human Frontiers in Medieval Irish Religious Literature”, in Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland, eds Ann Dooley and Sarah Sheehan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) 133–15

“Patrician and Augustinian Ideas of the ‘Inner Man’”, Journal of Medieval Latin 20 (2010) 16–37

“Mediating the Word: St. Patrick, the Trivium, and Christian Communication”, Media Tropes 2:1 (2009) 84–116

“The Lorica of Laidcenn: The Biblical Connections”, Journal of Medieval Latin 12 (2002) 141–54