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.

The abstract reads,

Emerging from complementary eras in similarly tumultuous political moments, Catullus of ancient Rome and the Renaissance writers of seventeenth-century England both inhabited a poetic moment fraught with sensation, sensuality, and an unbridled desire for love found in and threatened by the changing currents of time. The turn of the seventeenth century represented an era of chaos, rebellion, and recreation, and just as new lands were discovered and new dynasties established, so too were new poetic forms embraced and explored. As the name asserts, Renaissance England bore and then witnessed the rebirth of a cultural movement, and within it, Catullus found his poetic revival. Robert Herrick, Richard Lovelace, and their poetic predecessors, although differing politically with Catullus, identified with the same nostalgia for national status quo that he had so ardently portrayed. Soldiers of the king and devotees of the monarchy, these English poets found in Catullus, an advocate of the republic, an escape from their current historic moment to a Roman one very much the same.
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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.

The abstract reads,

Within the poetry of Lucretius and Whitman, both the small and large complexities of the universe are divulged and elaborated. Respectively poets from Ancient Rome and nineteenth- century America, their expansive treatises, epic poems in their own right, aim to fully understand the universe and grasp its core concepts: atomic makeup and interconnectivity, the interplay of the sexes, and death and the afterlife. Although these poets are separated by several seas and almost two thousand years, the rhetoric and ideologies of their poems are astoundingly similar, suggesting that the atomic basis of the universe allows for an intertwining of every living being, stretching into the infinite past and future.

Both poems, in addition to speaking poetically of the eternal embracing and fecundity of the universe, were composed during comparative historical moments of political turbulence and societal transformations. Lucretius wrote De Rerum Natura right as the downfall of the Roman Republic was on the verge of giving way to the Roman Empire; Whitman’s Leaves of Grass appeared in 1855, the product of a newly founded America, a country that was still finding its footing and experiencing social fracture amid the issue of slavery. Though an unlikely pairing, these two poets and their respective magna opera (great works) share a similar set of beliefs that are realized in the scopes of two separate cultures and eras, and ultimately these two independent poems are entwined within the same poetic soul — just as their poets are interwoven by the eternal, unending atoms of the universe.

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.

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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