Réné Welleck Prize for Best Book in Comparative Literature, 2017
Dean's Research Chair, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, GWU, 2014-17
Morrow Scholar in Residence, Bucknell University, 2013.
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2011-12
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (one year of leave to pursue project "Stories of Stone: Dreaming the Prehistoric in the Middle Ages," 2011-12)
International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Distinguished Scholarship Award (2012)
Ida Beam Visiting Professorship, University of Iowa (spring 2011)
GW Service Excellence Faculty/Staff Choice Award nominee (2009)
Faculty Speaker, Columbian School of Arts and Sciences Commencement (faculty member chosen by students to deliver speech at ceremony, 2009)
University Facilitating Fund Grant, George Washington University: “Dreaming the Prehistoric in the Middle Ages” (2009).
Monster Theory: Reading Culture honored at the fifteenth anniversary of its publication through a special session “Monster Culture: Seven Theses (A Roundtable)” at the International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 2008.
Research Enhancement Fund of the George Washington University (three year sponsorship of a medieval and early modern studies institute, funded at $120,000 in startup)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (one year of leave to pursue project "The Flow of Blood in Medieval Norwich," 2003-04)
Columbian Research Fellow, George Washington University (one year of teaching release to complete manuscript of The Flow of Blood in Medieval Norwich, 2003-04)
University Facilitating Fund Grant, George Washington University: "Mixed Racial Heritage and Personal Identity in the Middle Ages" (2000)
Instructional Technology Lab Course Grant, George Washington University ($2500 to add multimedia component to "Survey of Medieval Literature," 2000)
Monster Theory: Reading Culture included in the exhibits "A Telling of Wonders: Teratology in Western Medicine," New York Academy of Medicine Library (November 1, 1999 - February 15, 2000) and "Terrors and Wonders: Monsters in Contemporary Art," DeCordova Museum, Lincoln MA (Sept. 15 2001-Jan. 6 2002)
Columbian School of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Academic Advising Award, George Washington University (1999)
Nominee, Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching, George Washington University (1999, 2002)
Junior Faculty Incentive Award, George Washington University for research at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (1998)
Cooperative Grant for Faculty, Consortium of Washington Universities: "The Limits of the Body: An Interdisciplinary Research Group, Symposium, and Edited Volume" (with Gail Weiss, 1997)
Human Sciences Course Development Grant, George Washington University: "Cultural Theory: Culture and Society" ($3000, 1996)
Derek Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University (1992, 1993, 1994)
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for Graduate Study (1988-1992)