Doctor of Modern History and Literature

Q. Drew is the smallest university in the country that offers this Ph.D. program. What does that mean for you?
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In such an intimate setting, I have the opportunity to work within multiple disciplines and get to know faculty on a different scale. That’s important to me as a student, scholar and future educator.

Q. So, you see a career in academia in your future?
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I would like to obtain a tenure-track position at a university and stay there for a very, very long time. I hope that my time here at the Caspersen School will help me achieve that goal due to the program’s interdisciplinary nature. With the array of knowledge and areas studied in this program, I hope to be able to teach courses that differ from regular literature classes.

Q. Can you give an example of your different approach?
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History and literature are linked, and I hope to develop courses that teach students this relationship. An approach such as this will hopefully allow me to captivate students and become an active figure at the university level some day.

Q. What about the curriculum? Are you enjoying your courses?
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The curriculum has been great so far. All of my professors are very supportive and open to allowing students to explore different topics. I took a course in literary theory, and after reading an essay by Walter Benjamin, I had the chance to use my French background to study Benjamin’s take on Baudelaire’s poetry while using my own knowledge of the poetry and the language. It was a great opportunity.

Q. Can you share a favorite experience?
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I’m enjoying the interaction I have with my fellow graduate students teaching composition courses to undergrads. There is such a push to teach using different methods and to help the students succeed. That interaction has been enjoyable and entertaining.

Q. As an aspiring professor, has Drew offered you anything unique?
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Drew has provided me with the opportunity to work in close proximity with a variety of university figures that may have been unavailable in a different setting. I have gotten an up-close look at the way the university functions, the way the department functions and the role committees play.
Also, there are a number of requirements in order to obtain a position at the university level, and you have no way of knowing what they are or how to find them. The professors here are excellent at helping you plan ahead and look towards the future.

Q. Seems like a lot to digest. Do you have time to decompress?
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I am able to relax in my spare time with my wife and our friends. We’ve created a nice little group of friends that spend a good deal of time together and play important roles in one another’s lives. I feel that I will miss them the most after my time here at Drew is finished.