Sachi Shimomura

Sachi Shimomura, PhD

Associate Professor

(804) 827-8418

Hibbs Hall, 900 Park Ave., room 418




  • PhD in English, Cornell University
  • AB and MA in English, Stanford University
  • BS in Mathematics, Stanford University

Select Publications

  • Co-authored with Osamu Shimomura and John Brinegar. Luminous Pursuit: Jellyfish, GFP, and the Unforeseen Path to the Nobel Prize. Singapore: World Scientific, 2017.
  • Odd Bodies and Visible Ends in Medieval Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
  • “The Walking Dead in Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale.” The Chaucer Review 48.1 (2013): 1–37.
  • “Remembering in Circles: The Wife’s Lament, Conversatio, and the Community of Memory.” Source of Wisdom: Old English and Early Medieval Latin Studies in Honour of Thomas D. Hill.  Ed. Charles D. Wright et al. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2007. 113–29.
  • “Visualizing Judgment: Illumination in the Old English Christ III.” Via Crucis: Essays on Early Medieval Sources and Ideas in Memory of J. E. Cross. Ed. Thomas N. Hall et al. Morgantown: West Virginia UP, 2002. 27–49.


  • Early & Medieval Mythology
  • Chaucer
  • History of the English Language
  • Medieval Literature: Old English to Middle English


  • Fellowship, Humanities Research Center (Spring 2015, VCU)
  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year, for student organization Literati (2009, VCU)
  • College of Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award (2008, VCU)
  • Fulbright and Icelandic Government Grants (1991–92, University of Iceland)