Prof. Dr. Suzanne Conklin Akbari
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Member, International Advisory Board
Suzanne Conklin Akbari is Professor of Medieval Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Her books are on optics and allegory (Seeing Through the Veil) and European views of Islam and the Orient (Idols in the East), and she's also edited volumes on travel literature, Mediterranean Studies and somatic histories, plus the Open Access collections How We Write and How We Read. Her most recent publications are The Oxford Handbook of Chaucer (2020), co-edited with James Simpson, and Practices of Commentary: Medieval Traditions and Transmissions (special issue of The Medieval Globe 8.2 ), co-edited with Amanda Goodman. Akbari is currently co-Principal Investigator on "The Book and the Silk Roads, phase II: Hidden Stories – New Approaches to the Local and Global History of the Book" (https://booksilkroads.library.utoronto.ca/). She is especially interested in how living and working on Lenapehoking (or "Lunaapahkiing") inflects our academic research and the communities we form. A co-editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature, Akbari co-hosts a literature podcast called The Spouter-Inn.