“The faculty in the English department at Western University are beyond compare. When I was considering which professors I’d most like to work with, the answers kept pointing me back to Western.”
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Don’t worry about not having a crystal clear idea for your dissertation. Part of the process of the first year of coursework is to narrow down your interests so that you can choose a dissertation topic that you actually love working on. Don’t be afraid to work on what you love!
Describe your research in 100 words or less.
My research concerns nostalgia and the occult in American literature and art.
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
My grad program’s graduate assistant, Leanne Trask, enables us all to thrive and be successful. Without her tireless help, I’d be lost.
What is your “dream” career?
Well, my dream career is “rock star.” But I would be over the moon if I could get a job researching, writing, and teaching the weird stuff I get to research, write, and teach on now.
Have you worked as a TA or RA?
Yes, I’ve worked as both. Teaching experience is invaluable and it’s important to remember that there is a real technique and skill required for effective teaching. Being a TA has helped me hone that skill and technique (though I know I’ll continue to do that throughout my career).
Do you belong to any university or community groups?
I organize “Drink & Draw #ldnont,” a monthly club that meets at a pub to drink and (wait for it) draw. Find us on Facebook and come out to a meeting!
What are you most passionate about?
I’d say that I’m most passionate about people nurturing their creative side. I try to encourage people to view creative pursuits as legitimate and worthwhile, because there’s a lot of rhetoric to the contrary these days, particularly in academia.
What one thing would you like people to know about you?
My personal interests inform my research, and vice versa, but there’s more to my personality and identity than “grad student.”