Liz earned a BA in French and German and a BMus in Bassoon Performance from the University of Georgia in 2007. After graduation she taught elementary school in Provence while studying at the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud, then spent several months teaching and performing in the Atlanta area. Now a fourth-year graduate student in the departments of French and Medieval Studies, her academic interests include medieval literature and culture, manuscript study, intersections of music and literature, orality and performance practice, the culture and history of Provence, translation theory, the modern reception of the Middle Ages, and the nineteenth-century novel. Her dissertation examines the role of nostalgia both in medieval French and Occitan lyric poetry, as well as in the reception of these poetic traditions. A native of Mississippi, Liz is hopelessly addicted to SEC football (go Dawgs!) and southern cooking.