Doctor of Modern History and Literature
Q. I understand you are a blooming archivist.
A. You could say so. On a weekly basis I am immersed in primary historical documents at the Methodist Archives on Drew’s campus, and I am able to apply the fundamentals of archival methods in my archival work at the Morristown National Historical Park. This professional experience has been critical in my choice to pursue archival work.
Q. How do these experiences relate to your graduate studies?
A. My studies at Drew have greatly influenced the way in which I approach and perceive history. Archival studies is an area of special interest to me, and the Caspersen School has been great about accommodating these curiosities, allowing me to take independent study courses with professors who share my passions. My current independent study course is in the field of utopian studies, the field that originally brought me to Drew.
Q. What interested you about utopian studies?
A. In all of my years of study, I have been fascinated by societies’ collective impulses toward improving humankind’s values and practices. In all of my courses, I have been able to ask, “What drives humankind toward ‘perfection’?” Scholarship in the field of utopian studies has helped me to hypothesize answers to this question.
Q. How are you finding the program?
A. The curriculum is a challenge beyond what I expected, and is more enriching than I ever imagined it would be. Also, because it’s a small program, I am truly able to get one-on-one attention, and my professors are able to cater to my desire to work on independent projects.
Q. Have you been afforded any unique opportunities through your doctoral studies?
A. During my first semester, Drew held the conference “1968: Global Resistance/Local Knowledge,” which I assisted with and attended. It helped expose me early on to the value of graduate school conferences.
I just started teaching my third semester of English I, and my fourth semester of teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages, at Drew. These experiences are preparing me for a future in academia, whether that is in a university or an archival setting.
Q. What will you do when you complete your degree?
A. I’d like to gain more practical experience working in a professional archival institution. I am fascinated by the stories archives have to tell, and I feel further experience in this area will make me a more perceptive and conscientious historian.
Q. What about further down the road?
A. I plan to continue working in the field of education in some capacity. Ultimately, I would like to obtain a professorship and teach history, English or archival studies, or pursue a career as a professional archivist. My academic experiences at Drew are definitely preparing me for my desired career paths.
Q. Anything else you’re particularly enjoying?
A. Coming from the Midwest, I really appreciate Drew’s proximity to everything on the East Coast!