Professor Tracy Adams

BA (Minn.), Dip d'Et Sup (Gen.), MA (Texas at Austin), PhD (Johns Hopkins)

Research | Current

  • Medieval and early-modern queenship and female regency
  • Royal mistresses
  • Feminist theory applied to women of the Middle Ages and early modern periods
  • Medieval and early modern chronicles

Teaching | Current

FRENCH 706 Medieval French Literature and Culture: Love and Laughter in the Middle Ages

Postgraduate supervision

2019, Alexandra Forsyte, BAhonors, “The Queenships of Ælfthryth of England and St Margaret of Scotland,” University of Auckland, co-supervisor.

2019, Emily Lynch, MA, “A sociolinguistic analysis of identity in francophone Switzerland through the lens of feminist language planning and policy,” University of Auckland, supervisor.

2018, Derek Whaley, PhD, “King, Crown and Dynasty,” University of Canterbury, Canterbury, co-supervisor.

2017, Emily Lynch, BAhonors, “Idéologies et institutions sous-jacentes à la politique: l’influence d’institutions sociales sur la planification linguistique féministe de deux pays francophones européens,” University of Auckland, supervisor.

2017, Gordon Reynolds, MA’ “Barrier Breaker? Or on Terra Firma? Female Participants in the Crusades, 1147‐1254,” University of Canterbury, co-supervisor.

2015, Kaila Hough, St. Mary’s Project (BA Senior Thesis), “Achieving Biculturalism in New Zealand,” St. Mary’s College of Maryland, co-supervisor.

2012, Uma Maheswari, M.A, “Theological Exegesis of Christine de Pizan’s Allegories,” University of Auckland, supervisor. 

2012, Sophie Patrick, M.A, “Exposing the Double Bind in the Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles,” University of Auckland, supervisor.

2011, Billy Aiken, BAhonors, “Bodies and Literary Production: Christine de Pizan’s Defence of Women,” University of Auckland. 

2011, Sophie Patrick, BAhonors, ““Christine de Pizan: A Sibylline Analysis,” University of Auckland.

2010, Chantelle Saville, BAhonors, “The Ultimate Human Happiness in La Mort le roi Artu: The Essence of a Philosophical Debate,” University of Auckland.

2008, Rhonda Campbell, M.A, “La joute verbale contribue-t-elle à la construction de la masculinité médiévale?” University of Auckland, supervisor.

2007, Julie Béral, M.A, “A Translation of Sons for the Return Home by Albert Wendt,”  Université de Lyons III, supervisor.  

2006, Ashwinee Pendharkar, M.A., “Transcription and Translation of the Roman de la Rose, part 1, MS Ludwig XV7,” University of Auckland, supervisor.


  • Herzog August Bibliothek fellowship, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, November-December, 2016.
  • Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions Distinguished International Visiting Fellowship, University of Western Australia, Jan.-Feb., 2014
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies Colloquium Grant for “Female Beauty Systems in Europe 1500-Present,” Nov. 9-11, 2013.
  • European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Senior Fellowship, 2011-2012 academic year.
  • Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship in Literature, Institut Français de Washington, DC, 1999.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Adams, C., & Adams, T. (Eds.) (2015). Female beauty systems: Beauty as social capital in Western Europe and the United States, Middle Ages to the present. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Pages: 259.
  • Adams, T. (2014). Christine de Pizan and the fight for France. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennylvania State University Press. Pages: 232.
  • Adams, T., Olsen, K., & Smith, M. (2013). Thinking about Magic in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Parergon, July (1). Related URL.
  • Adams, T. M. (2010). The Life and Afterlife of Isabeau of Bavaria. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr. Pages: 368.
  • Adams, T. M. (2005). Violent passions : Managing love in the Old French verse romance. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. Pages: 311.


Contact details

Office hours

Semester Two 2013: Friday 9-10am or by appointment

Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 401
New Zealand

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