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Research Interests:
Discipline: English Literature
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Melissa Tu has joined SUTD as a Lecturer in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Cluster. She earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 2015, where she graduated summa cum laude (with highest honours) and won the Joseph R. Strayer Prize in Medieval Studies. In 2016, she obtained an M.Phil. in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from Cambridge University. In 2023, she earned her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from Yale University, where her research and writing was awarded the Noah Webster Prize. At Yale, she worked as a Digital Humanities consultant in the Yale DH Lab, and she has published work in Digital Philology and Brill’s Female-Voice Song and Women’s Musical Agency in the Middle Ages. Her research and teaching interests include medieval English literature, media theory, lyric studies, manuscript studies, sound and voice studies, virtuality studies, and music and musical performance. She is also an avid player of piano and violin.


  • PhD, Yale University, English Language and Literature
  • MPhil, Yale University, English Language and Literature
  • MA, Yale University, English Language and Literature
  • MPhil, Trinity Hall College, University of Cambridge, Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • BA, Princeton University, Comparative Literature

Selected Key Publications

  • “Virtual Listening in Lyric Space: First-Person Voice Effects in Late Medieval English Lyric.” Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures 12, no. 1 (2023): 62-87.
  • “‘Who cannot wepe come lerne at me’: Voicing Refrains in Late Medieval Passion Lyric.” In Female-Voice Song and Women’s Musical Agency in the Middle Ages, 320-347. Edited by Lisa Colton and Anna Kathryn Grau. Leiden: Brill, 2022.
  • “Henry the Liberal Count of Champagne, 1127-1181” [Book Review]. Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 3 (2016): 52-54.
Melissa Shao-Hsuan Tu