Northeastern University (2015-17)
I attended Northeastern for my graduate career, receiving a Master of Arts degree in English, focusing on translation reception of Greco-Roman texts, and graduating with a 3.86 cumulative GPA.
"Nox Perpetua: Reception and Translation of Catullus in Renaissance England"
Written in the final semester of my master's program, my graduate thesis traces closely the remnants of Catullus's untitled, unorganized body of work that began to appear heavily at the turn of the seventeenth century in England, paying close attention to its parallels in the work of Walter Raleigh, Robert Herrick, and Richard Lovelace.
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For my research, I traveled to many special collections and rare book archives within the city of Boston, including the Harvard Library and the Boston Athenaeum. I also benefitted greatly from the critical thought and suggestions of my thesis adviser, Francis Blessington. The time spent with Dr. Blessington was invaluable in discovering and shaping the framework of my argument.
"Nox Perpetua: Reception and Translation of Catullus in Renaissance England" can be read here, at its permanent location in the ProQuest electronic database.
November 2016 - April 2017
Pennsylvania State University (2011-15)
I attended Penn State for my undergraduate career, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, two minor degrees in Latin and Art History, and graduating with distinction and a 3.79 cumulative GPA.
"Transcending Body: Lucretius, Whitman, and the Atoms In Between"
Written to complete my honors graduation requirements, my undergraduate honors thesis provides an intensive look into the contextual and theoretical bonds that intertwined Lucretius's De Rerum Natura with Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.
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The historical context that encompasses my thesis owes its inception to the generous CURIAS Grant that I received from Penn State, one given to undergraduates whose theses focus around American history. This scholarship provided me an opportunity to travel to Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and to study its vast collection of Whitman letters, manuscripts, and journals. To utilize archival and special collections research in an undergraduate paper is an uncommon and unique experience, and one that I will never forget.
In addition to the financial support of the CURIAS Grant, I also had the literary and academic support of John Marsh, Penn State's resident Whitman scholar. In the year during which I wrote my thesis, Dr. Marsh and I held several meetings to discuss my chapters and progress. It was incredibly beneficial to have a scholar and lover of Whitman by my side, supporting my endeavors in research and writing.
After completion of my thesis, I was nominated to present my work to a jury of Penn State's librarians and faculty, and was ultimately awarded second place for the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award. The award annually recognizes use of superior research and library resources by honors students throughout the course of their theses.
I was honored to be recognized at the graduation reception alongside the other two nominees.
In addition to the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award, I also earned the English department's Henry Sams Award for Best Analytical Honors Thesis.
"Transcending Body: Lucretius, Whitman, and the Atoms In Between" can be read here, at its permanent location in the Schreyer Honors College electronic database.
April 2014 — April 2015
Independent Study with Latin Poetry
In order to further my rigorous studies of Ancient Latin, a peer and I took part in a semester-long independent study with our first and favorite Latin professor, Pamela Cole. Although focusing primarily on the works of Catullus and the shifting of his poetic tones, we also tiptoed into some of Ovid's Amores. We individually translated between 100 and 250 lines of poetry each week, and came together once a week to review and discuss the material.
January 2014 — May 2014