Faculty Biography


Phil Boardman



AB (Nebraska); MA (Nebraska); PhD (Washington)

Contact Information:

Office: Frandsen 027

Telephone: (775) 682-6394

Email: boardman@unr.edu

Personal Webpage / Blog: http://wolfweb.unr.edu/homepage/boardman/

Academic Specializations:

Medieval Studies, Chaucer, Arthurian Tradition, Biblical Studies, General Humanities

Recent Publications:

The Arthurian Annals: The Tradition in English from 1250 to 2000. (2003)

The Arthurian Annals: The Tradition in English from 1250 to 2000. (2003)

Enduring Legacies. (2003)

Enduring Legacies.

Forgotten Arthurian Poetry.(1989)

Forgotten Arthurian Poetry.


Phil Boardman, who directed the Core Humanities program for fourteen years, is a professor in the English department. A specialist in medieval literature and the culture of the Middle Ages, he teaches courses in Chaucer, Arthurian literature, the Bible, and Core Humanities. His bachelor's and master's degrees are from the University of Nebraska, and he earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Washington. With Jim Bernardi in the theatre department, he led for many years an annual London Theatre and Literary Arts tour; before that he led summer tours to England and France, and to Italy and Greece.  He taught for USAC in Lueneburg, Germany.  He has made numerous appearances as the Chautauqua character Geoffrey Chaucer and also as Sir Thomas Malory. Besides hiking, cross-country skiing, and kayaking, his activities include performing with musical groups, including the Nevada Opera Chorus (more than eighty productions), the vocal quartet Reno Early Music, and the men’s ensemble Orfeo. He has taught at the University of Nevada since 1974 and has won teaching awards from the College of Arts and Science, the University of Nevada, and the Nevada Board of Regents, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching ("Nevada Professor of the Year," 2003). He was executive co-producer of the KNPB series, The Western Traditions Lectures and is editor of the reader for Core Humanities 201, Enduring Legacies: Ancient and Medieval Cultures, now in its sixth edition. His comprehensive guide to the popular traditions of King Arthur in English, The Arthurian Annals: The Tradition in English from 1250 to 2000, was published by Oxford University Press (2004), and it earned him the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Award for Research.