Jay Gates

Jay Gates

Jay Gates
Associate Professor
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PhD  University of Wisconsin-Madison 
MA  University of Wisconsin-Madison 
BA  Oberlin College



Jay Paul Gates graduated from Oberlin College in 1999. He took his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 and taught at Purdue University before coming to John Jay. His areas of specialization are Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse-Icelandic literature and language and the effects of Anglo-Scandinavian cultural contact (when Vikings meet clerics), especially as represented in legal rhetoric. Outside of his immediate research, he has an abiding affection for dead languages--including Old French and Old Saxon--allegory, and manuscript studies. He is currently working on a manuscript and several side projects concerning Cnut's kingship and Anglo-Scandinavian court.

Scholarly Work


Gates, Jay Paul and Nicole Marafioti, eds. Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2014. 

Articles and Chapters

Gates, Jay Paul. “Reading Pronouns: An Entry to Medieval Textual Culture.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 21 (forthcoming).

Gates, Jay Paul. "Preaching, Politics and Episcopal Reform in Wulfstan's Early Writings." Early Medieval Europe 23.1 (2015): 93-116.

Marafioti, Nicole and Jay Paul Gates. “Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England.” Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England. Ed. Jay Paul Gates and Nicole Marafioti. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2014, pp. 1-16. 

Gates, Jay Paul. “The ‘Worcester’ Historians and Eadric Streona’s Execution.” Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England. Ed. Jay Paul Gates and Nicole Marafioti. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2014, pp. 165-80. 

Gates, Jay Paul. “Imagining Justice in the Anglo-Saxon Past: Eadric Streona, Kingship, and the Search for Community." The Haskins Society Journal 25 (2013): 125-46.

Gates, Jay Paul. “The Fulmannod Society: Social Valuing of the (Male) Legal Subject.” Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages. Ed. Larissa Tracy. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2013, pp. 131-48. 

Gates, Jay Paul. 

“A Crowning Achievement: The Royal Execution and Damnation of Eadric Streona.” Heads Will Roll:Decapitation in the Medieval and Early Modern Imagination. Ed. Larissa Tracy and Jeff Massey.Leiden: Brill, 2012, 53-72. 

Gates, Jay Paul. “Ealles Englalandes Cyningc: Cnut’s Territorial Kingship and Wulfstan’s Paronomastic Play.” The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe 14 (2010). 

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