Siân Echard attended Queen’s University at Kingston, graduating in 1984. She then completed her MA and PhD at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, and in 1990 took up a position in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, where she is now Professor of English.
Her research interests include Anglo Latin literature (especially Geoffrey of Monmouth), Arthurian literature, John Gower, and manuscript studies and book history. She is particularly interested in how the presentation of text—on the page, in the archive, in the digital world—affects how text is received and discussed. Her most recent book, Printing the Middle Ages (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), is focussed on post-medieval printings of medieval texts.
She offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Middle English literature, the Arthurian tradition, medievalism, and book history.
She holds a UBC Killam Research Prize for 1998, a UBC Killam Teaching Prize for 2001, and was named a Distinguished University Scholar in 2004.