Christine Cooper-Rompato

Professor


Christine Cooper-Rompato

Contact Information

Office Location: Logan (RWST 204F)
Phone: (435) 797-3856
Email: christine.rompato@usu.edu

Educational Background

  • PhD - University of Connecticut - 2004
  • MA - University of Connecticut - 1996
  • BA - University of Massachusetts - 1992
  • Other - Bowling Green State University - 1994

Biography

Christine Cooper-Rompato is a professor of English and a member of the Religious Studies Program. Her research focuses on later medieval religious literature and culture, and her book, Spiritual Calculations: Number and Numeracy in Late Medieval English Sermons, is forthcoming (December 2021) from Pennsylvania State University Press. Her first book, The Gift of Tongues: Women’s Xenoglossia in the Later Middle Ages, was published in 2010 by PSUP, and her essays have appeared in a range of journals and book collections including the Chaucer Review, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History, Magistra, and Notes & Queries. Cooper-Rompato also researches and writes on more recent history, including nineteenth-century mathematics and technology, and her essays have been published in journals including the Utah Historical Quarterly and the New Mexico Historical Review. Essay publications from 2020-2021 include “Margery Kempe in Norway, April 1433”; “Hearing, Seeing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching the Voice: The ‘Fused Vision’ in the Lives of Thomas of Cantimpré”; “Brewing and Breweries in Logan, Utah, 1870-1910,” and “Utah in The Green Book: Segregation and the Hospitality Industry in the Beehive State.”

Dr. CR (as her students call her) teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in English, ranging from Introduction to Literary Analysis (ENGL 2600) to graduate seminars on Chaucer and Old Norse & Modern Fantasy Literature. This fall (2021) she is teaching two undergraduate courses—Medieval African Literature (ENGL 3395) and Medieval Romance Poetry (ENGL 4350). She is the Sigma Tau Delta English honors society advisor, as well as the advisor for the new department-wide “English Club.” She enjoys teaching and mentoring students and is always looking for students eager to work on research projects to present at the USU Research Symposium.

Cooper-Rompato serves on a number of departmental and university committees, and she is a member of USU’s Equity Office’s hearing panel. She also serves as representative for the college of CHaSS on the USU Library Advisory Board. For ten years she co-edited the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures (previously Mystics Quarterly), and she is currently helping to plan the 2022 International Medieval Sermon Society Symposium to be held at the Universty of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.