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James Gilbert Director of Academic Advising School of International Service

Additional Positions at AU
Graduate Advising Coordinator, SIS
Graduate Academic Advisor, SIS
Academic Affairs Coordinator, SIS
MA, English, University of Southwestern Louisiana, BA, English/History, Trinity College

Favorite Spot on Campus
Batelle-Tompkins Atrium
Favorite Place in Washington DC
Eastern Market
Book Currently Reading
The Elephants of Style
Jim came to American University in July 2001, when he worked in the SIS Dean’s Office. He transitioned into academic advising in 2002 and became the Director of Academic Advising in August 2008. He previously worked in residence life at Catholic University and Trinity College and has been working with students in various capacities since 1994. Jim is also a published poet and has travelled to Australia, Tunisia, Italy, the Bahamas, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Canada and Iceland. Jim is also an advanced PhD. candidate at Catholic University, where he is researching and writing a doctoral dissertation on late medieval Calais.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Later medieval Europe (1350-1500), military history, Britain and the Empire 1800-1950, medieval literature

Selected Publications

  • “A Medieval ’Rosie the Riveter’?:  Women in France and Southern England during the Hundred Years War” in L. J. Andrew Villalon and Donald T. Kagay, eds.  The Hundred Years War: A Wider Focus.  Brill, 2005. 
  • Time out of time out of time: Festival, Plague, Xenophobia, and the Anti-Alien Riot of Evil May Day in 1517 London.  MA Thesis. 1999.
  • “Richard III: A King Amidst the Turmoil of Late Fifteenth Century England” (in four installments): Ricardian Register 22 (1997) and 23 (1998)
  • Professional Presentations

    • “Building Them Up While Keeping Them Down—The Ironies of Technology and Imperialism in the British Empire 1850-1914.” Southwest Historical Association Conference March 2002.
    • “’Ne Nevere Er Now Ne Haddest Knowen Me’-Reconsidering the Magic of the Orleans Clerk in Chaucer's ‘Franklin's Tale’” Graduate English  Studies Conference  Texas Tech  University Feb. 1999.
    • “’The Angel and the Gambler’—Re-envisioning Emerson’s ‘Uriel.’” Mississippi Philological Association Conference Jan. 1999.

    Honors, Awards, and Fellowships


  • Staff Performance Award for Teamwork, 2008
  • SIS Award for Outstanding Performance, 2003, 2008
  • Outstanding Excellence in Academic Advising, Graduate, 2006
  • Richard J. Neiheisel Award for Excellence, 1999

    Grants and Sponsored Research

    •     Cosmos Club Foundation Grant, 2002