Kevin Harty, Ph.D.

School of Arts and Sciences, English

In addition to being department chair, I also coordinate the department’s internship programs and teach courses in writing, literature, linguistics, film, and cultural studies. Trained as a medievalist, the courses I teach include medieval literature; Chaucer; the legends and literary traditions of King Arthur, Joan of Arc, and Robin Hood; film representations of the Middle Ages; and cinematic adaptations of literary texts. I also teach courses in drama, especially contemporary drama, women’s studies, and occasionally a special topics course on literary and cinematic responses to the continuing AIDS pandemic. I especially enjoy teaching our course in business writing and a graduate course in professional writing for the MBA Program, to which I bring many years of expertise as a consultant in writing for a number of businesses and financial institutions in the greater Philadelphia area and elsewhere. In all my courses, no matter what the subject matter, students can expect to do a fair amount of writing.


  • B.A., Marquette University
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Other Professional Activity

Recent publications: The Vikings on Film (2011), Strategies for Business and Technical Writing, 7th ed. (2011), Cinema Arthuriana, Twenty Essays (2010, 2002), The Reel Middle Ages: American, Western and Eastern European, Middle Eastern and Asian Films about Medieval Europe (2006, 1999), and King Arthur on Film, New Essays on Arthurian Cinema (1999). Associate Editor, Arthuriana, the Journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society. Recent papers delivered at international conferences on film or medieval studies in Bristol, Paris, Utrecht, Cardiff, Bangor, Leeds, Nottingham, Vancouver, Siena, and London.