Professor - Modern Languages
About GeorgeGeorge Greenia did his undergraduate work at Marquette University in Milwaukee and PhD at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a specialist in the languages, literatures and linguistics of medieval Spain and teaches courses on Spanish Language, Epic and Nationalism, Hispanic Folktales, and Love and Prostitution in Medieval Spain (not a how-to course!). He is co-founder of the Wm & Mary Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and founder of the Wm & Mary Institute for Pilgrimage Studies (please visit their web sites). His interest in world pilgrimage spans many times, territories and traditions and he is an authority on the legendary Camino de Santiago in northern Spain where he has trekked over 4,000 miles, half on bicycle, half on foot. Most summers he takes Wm & Mary undergraduates backpacking on the pilgrimage trails to conduct interdisciplinary field research. Longtime professional editor of journals and an encyclopedia in his field, in 2007 Greenia was both recognized as the Distinguished Editor of the year by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and was knighted by order of the king of Spain and awarded the Cross of the Order of Isabel the Catholic. George Greenia has long been an advocate for GLBT students and was faculty facilitator of the Gay Student Support Group every Monday night for 24 years. He contributed to establishing non-discrimination policies at Wm & Mary and continues to advocate for domestic partner benefits. He lives in Williamsburg with his spouse of 28 years, Tom Wood.