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John Wyatt Greenlee


PhD Candidate in Medieval Studies, Cornell University (current)
MA in Medieval Studies, Cornell University (2016)
MA in History, East Tennessee State University (2013)
MPA in Nonprofit Management, Park University (2011)
BA in History and Classical Studies, Hamilton College (2000)

Brief Introduction

I am currently a fifth-year doctoral student in the Medieval Studies Program at Cornell University.  My academic research is primarily driven by questions of how people perceive and reproduce their spaces:  how movement through the world — both experiential and imagined — becomes codified in visual and written maps.  My interests include cartographic and spatial history, hodography and hodology, as well as the history of movement and pilgrimage.  I am currently examining the production of ideas of space and cityscape in 17th century London as a part of my dissertation.  I find inspiration and guidance across a range of disciplinary studies and methods, but I primarily approach my research and my teaching as a historian.

Academia offers a second career for me, and my work history is varied.  Prior to returning to school, I spent a decade coaching collegiate volleyball in Tennessee, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.  Beyond coaching, I have worked as a guide for whitewater rafting and caving expeditions, researched issues of corporate sustainability and global conflict risk, and immediately after college I spent a year working for the Pete Seeger-founded quarterly publication, Sing Out!   Despite this variety, however, certain themes have remained true throughout my working life.  I have been drawn to work in service of others, I have always sought to teach people, and I have found value in stories and histories.  My past points towards my present, and gives me a wide scope of experiences to draw upon.