SARA S. POOR ("Sally"), Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Medieval Studies, received her PhD from Duke University's Graduate Program in Literature in 1994. After holding positions at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (1995-96) and Stanford University (1996-2002), she joined the faculty at Princeton in September of 2002. While at Stanford, she was awarded a Mellon Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum, where she taught and did research from 1999-2000. And she held the Charles G. Osgood University Preceptorship (2005-2008) from Princeton University. Her primary research interests are in the areas of Gender Studies and medieval German literature, interests which are reflected prominently in her teaching. Her first book, Mechthild of Magdeburg and Her Book: Gender and the Making of Textual Authority (2004, UPenn Press) was awarded the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship's 2006 Prize for the best first book on a medieval feminist topic as well as the 2008 Medieval Academy of America John Nicholas Brown Prize for the best first book on a medieval subject. It takes a historical approach to the complex theoretical issues surrounding the study of medieval manuscripts, women's writing, and canon formation and was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2004. She is also at work on a second book project on women and medieval books, tentatively entitled Margery Kempe's German Sisters: Clever Women and the Devotional Book in Late Medieval Germany. A volume of essays emerging out of the 2008 Princeton conference "Mysticism, Reform, and the Formation of Modernity," which Poor co-organized with Professor Nigel Smith (English, Princeton) is forthcoming (2013) from University of Notre Dame Press under the title: Mysticism and Reform, 1400-1750. Professor Poor has also co-edited a collection of essays, in collaboration with Jana K. Schulman (Western Michigan University) called Women and Medieval Epic: Gender, Genre, and the Limits of Epic Masculinity (2007 Palgrave Press) and edited two issues of Medieval Feminist Forum (No. 38 and 39, Winter 2004 and Summer 2005). As part of efforts to foster the continued study of medieval German literature and culture in the United States, she has co-founded an association of American medievalists (YMAGINA) that is active in bringing young medievalists together at conferences, as well as in establishing more lasting and productive connections between medievalists and modernists in the field of German Studies. Finally, she is the general editor of the Medieval German Texts in Bilingual Editions Series for TEAMS (the Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages), published by Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University.