Graham Drake

Professor of English
Welles 217A

Graham Drake received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and became a member of the Geneseo faculty in 1989. He teaches courses in medieval literature, the Bible as literature, history of the English language, and Canadian literature. He currently serves as the Interim Director of the Medieval Studies program at Geneseo. He studies and publishes works related to medieval romance and LGBTQ issues in the Middle Ages which have been featured in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies and SMART (Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching). He co-edited Four Romances of England: Athelstan, Bevis of Hampton, Havelok the Dane, and King Horn with Ronald Herzman and Eve Salisbury (Medieval Institute, 1999) and recently published “Queering the Medieval Classroom” which was featured in SMART.

Drake is one of SUNY Geneseo’s pre-law program advisors and serves as the Geneseo Pre-Law Chapter, Phi Alpha Delta. He is active in the study abroad program; he teaches or directs courses in Athens, Berlin, Oxford, and London during summer and winter breaks. He is also the Assessment Coordinator as well as the Internship Coordinator.

Graham Drake


  • ENGL 366: ConnEarlyLit:Old Engl Lang&Lit

    A course charting the historical movement of pre-1700 literatures in the British Isles or globally or transnationally. The course emphasizes historical, political and cultural events through which this literature was produced; the development of genres and poetics over time; and changes in language, including for example the ways that English has changed from Old English to Early Modern.

  • HUMN 220: Western Humanities I

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from the beginnings to 1600. The course is factual as well as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.