Dr. Lydia Yaitsky Kertz

Lydia Kertz

Dr. Lydia Yaitsky Kertz recently joined the SUNY Geneseo English Department as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and served as a visiting postdoctoral fellow at Fordham University’s Center for Medieval Studies. She comes to Geneseo after having taught in the Writing Department at Montclair State University and in the English and Comparative Literature Department at Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests include medieval literature and material culture, romance genre, book history, and medieval visual literacy. Her recent essays have been published in Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry and Journal of the Early Book Society. At Geneseo, Dr. Kertz teaches upper level seminars on early literatures and cultures such as the Global Middle Ages and introductory level seminars in the Humanities Core Program.

Blog Posts

Lydia Kertz's Family 1930s Cropped

A Refugee Tale

Dr. Lydia Yaitsky Kertz

I have told myself that these strangers, whose microaggressions have plagued me for years, do not deserve my life story. It is usually strangers who demand it, who scrutinize my accent, singling me out as someone who does not belong in the only country that has granted me citizenship. I am an American, and I am a refugee.

Topics: Immigration

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