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After earning a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. from McGill University, both in English, I earned a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, where I wrote a dissertation on the use of humor as a mode of resistance in postcolonial literature.
One of the authors I studied, Kenyan writer and activist Ngugi wa Thiong'o, has written eloquently of the ways in which literature can shape our perceptions of the world around us, and also our "propensity to action or inaction" within that world. The written word can do so much for us, as individuals, as communities, as whole cultures, and I love exploring some of the possibilities it opens within the space of the classroom.
My "object of affection" is a book, or a pen: for imagining worlds beyond our own, for communicating across time and space, for articulating dreams, differences, identities, these tools hold tremendous power.
"Teaching in the Core Division has been a wonderful opportunity to experience interdisciplinarity at its finest, to hear how students interested in fields as diverse as game design, business, and education can come together in thoughtful conversations about our culture."