Susan Irvine is Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at University College London. She studied for her BA (Hons) at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and her DPhil at the University of Oxford. She was Darby Fellow in English Literature at Lincoln College, Oxford, before moving to UCL in 1992. She was Co-Director of the AHRC-funded Alfredian Boethius Project (2002-7), and is currently a member of the Council of the Early English Text Society and Second Vice-President of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists. She acts on international advisory boards for the journal Anglia, the Old English Series of the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (University of Harvard), and the Dictionary of Old English (University of Toronto).
She is the author of Old English Homilies from MS Bodley 343 (1993) and The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle MS E (2004), and co-author (with Bruce Mitchell of Beowulf Repunctuated (2000) and (with Malcolm Godden) of The Old English Boethius (2009), which was awarded the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists 2011 ?Best Edition? Prize, and The Old English Boethius with Verse Prologues and Epilogues (2012). She has also published articles on twelfth-century writings, Old English poetry, and literature associated with King Alfred.
In 2015 she was awarded a five-year Anneliese Maier Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. During her Senior Research Fellowship at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, University of Göttingen, in 2017, she will working on paratexts in early medieval literary culture and on Anglo-Saxon preaching texts and traditions.