Ryan Naughton

Ross-Blakley Hall 202AB
PO Box 871401
TEMPE Campus


Dr. Ryan Naughton is an instructor in the Department of English and a faculty affiliate with Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) and with Barrett, the Honors College. Dr. Naughton taught at Schreiner University, Ohio University, Purdue University, Mesa Community College, and Phoenix College before coming to ASU in fall of 2016.

While he is a medievalist by training, Dr. Naughton has extensive experience teaching developmental through advanced composition as well as all periods of British and World literature. He has also taught History of the English Language at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and senior seminars on the Arthurian legend, the rise of the English novel, Robin Hood and other medieval outlaws, and Shakespeare.

Dr. Naughton's research interests focus on knighthood and chivalry in Middle English romances, with special emphasis on knightly identity construction and natural nobility. He routinely presents his work at national and international conferences, including The International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI. Dr. Naughton has published one article and a book review and has another article forthcoming in 2018. He has submitted an article for review, has an article on Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale in progress, and is revising his doctoral dissertation.

A native Arizonan, Dr. Naughton is happy to be back in the Valley after being away for 11 years. He enjoys spending time with his wife, four children, and extended family. In his spare time, he enjoys reading young adult fantasy novels, playing European board games, and watching Netflix.


  • Ph.D. English Literary Studies, Purdue University 2010
    • Primary area: Middle English Language and Literature
    • Secondary area: Old English Language and Literature
  • M.A. Medieval History, University of York, U.K. 2003
  • B.A. English; minor: History, Arizona State University 2001

Research Interests

Knighthood and chivalry; Middle English romances; Arthurian legend; Middle English literature; Old English literature


"The Primacy of Natural Nobility in the Cambridge Octavian" (forthcoming in The Journal of English and German Philology​, vol. 117.3)

"Peace, Justice and Retinue-Building in Malory's 'The Tale of Sir Gareth of Orkney'" (Arthurian Literature, vol. 29)

Book review of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (The Medieval Review, June 2012)

"Colgrevance's Supposed Shame in Ywain and Gawain​" currently under review at Arthuriana

Knightly Identity Construction in Middle English Romances​ (book manuscript) currently being revised


Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 102 First-Year Composition
LIN 517 History of English Language
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 105 Adv First-Year Composition
ENG 215 Strategies of Academic Writing
LIN 517 History of English Language
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 102 First-Year Composition
LIN 517 History of English Language
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 101 First-Year Composition
ENG 102 First-Year Composition