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John McLaughlin: Brief Biography

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John McLaughlin is an emeritus English professor from East Stroudsburg University who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and emigrated to the USA in 1959, becoming a US citizen in 1964. He holds an AA from Boston University, an AB from Harvard, an MA from University of California at Berkeley, and the PhD from Harvard, where his dissertation, a comparative analysis of the Nativity sections of the medieval Corpus Christi cycles, was supervised by Bill Alfred and BJ Whiting. He taught Chaucer, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Old and Middle English literature, folklore and other subjects over the span of his career, plus other classes as the needs of the schools at which he taught (La Salle College, Temple University, Lowell State Teachers' College and ESU) required. His current scholarly interests include medieval child marriage; he runs a weekly folk music radio program over WESS, 90.3 FM, ESU's campus radio station. Further details are available at