Bill Burgwinkle is a specialist in Medieval French and Occitan literature, gender and sexuality, and critical theory. He received his PhD from Stanford University and was a Professor of French at the University of Hawai'i before taking up his current post at the University of Cambridge in the UK. He is currently Vice-President of the UK Society for French Studies and fellow at King's College, Cambridge. His current research interests lie in comparative medieval literature (French, Occitan, Italian & Catalan), Occitan networks and biography, the interplay between history and literature, theories of sexuality and the body, queer theory, film and the visual arts. His co-authored book on Medieval Francophone Literary Culture outside France will be published at Oxford University Press in 2019 and he is also working on a book on troubadour networks and poetic branding.