Eric Jager is Professor of English at UCLA, where he teaches medieval literature courses on Beowulf, Chaucer, the epic, and the romance.His other interests include classics, Saint Augustine, the history of the book, and literary theory.

Jager previously taught at Columbia University. He received his B.A. from Calvin College in 1979, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1987. He received a research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (1996-1997) and the Weiss/Brown Award from The Newberry Library (2000).

His most recent book, The Last Duel, was adapted for radio and TV by the BBC, and shortlisted by the Crime Writers’ Association (U.K.) for the Nonfiction “Gold Dagger.”He is currently writing a book about crime in medieval Paris.