Assistant Professor of English, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Ph. D. in English, University at Buffalo

“When I arrived at John Carroll I had no idea what to major in and I remained firmly undecided until I took several introductory English classes. I was impressed by the depth and breadth of my professors’ knowledge and their extraordinary ability to convey the ways that literature mattered. I enjoyed my classes in other fields as well, but I always saw them as a way of enhancing my English major, since being a good English major requires you to be something of a philosopher, historian, psychologist, and even, on occasion, a biologist or a mathematician. More than anything else, being an English major taught me that being complacent wasn’t an option: through my study of sometimes thorny, sometimes troubling texts, I began to redefine myself and refine my positions. Studying English with professors like Dr. McBratney, Dr. Moroney, and Dr. Roark (as well as many others) helped me recognize the importance of formulating thorough, articulate, and nuanced opinions. I can’t imagine a better way to have spent my undergraduate years.”