Prof. Anya Adair

Assistant Professor in Law and Humanities

Acting Director (Arts), BA&LLB Programme
BA(Hons)/LLB, DipML, MA (Melbourne), MSt (Oxon), PhD (Yale)


Dr. Anya Adair’s research centers on medieval English law and legal culture, as well as pre-modern English literature. Her focus is the early medieval period (c.550-1200), but her research extends also to Old Norse and Anglo-Latin, medieval language interaction, book history and manuscript studies, poetry and poetics, digital humanities, and the history of the English language.

Dr. Adair holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne and graduate degrees in English from Melbourne, Oxford and Yale. Her present research seeks to unite more closely the fields of medieval law and medieval literature, and to provide insight into the intellectual, emotional and social dimensions of legal and literary production across the period. Her interest in legal and literary culture takes her work into the history of emotion, historical linguistics, religious writing, poetry, poetics and rhetoric, as well as palaeography, codicology, and the history of law. 

Research Area

  • Pre-Modern Law and Literature
  • Legal History before 1600
  • History of Language

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Office: Room 838, 8/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus