Professor Yolanda Plumley


I completed my BA in Music at the University of Exeter, and also undertook my doctoral research there on the language of fourteenth-century music, under the supervision of Professor Nicholas Sandon. I completed the PhD in 1991, while living in France, and the following year took up a temporary lectureship in the department of Music at Exeter, before moving to a post in the music department at University College Cork in Ireland. In 2002-3 I held a research fellowship at I Tatti, Harvard's Centre for Renaissance Studies in Florence, and in 2005 returned to Exeter as full-time director of the Centre for Medieval Studies. In 2006, I was promoted to Reader and in 2012 to a personal chair. I joined the History department in 2009. I was awarded a large grant by the AHRC in 2007 for a three-year project on citation and allusion in fourteenth-century music and lyric poetry, and in 2010 I received a grant from The Leverhulme Trust for a three-year collaborative interdisciplinary project on Guillaume de Machaut and his works. In 2011, I received the Sarah J. Williams award from the International Machaut Society.