I grew up in South Bend, Indiana, under the shadow of the Golden Dome. But having attended high school across the street from Notre Dame, I decided to leave town after I graduated. At Calvin College, I majored in English and Philosophy (2003), took a year to decide what I wanted to do, then earned a Ph.D. in English at Northwestern University (2010).
The English Department at Washington University is one of the most highly acclaimed departments in the university and one of the most storied departments in the country. Recognized internationally as a place where academic and creative writing come together, it offers extraordinary resources for graduates and undergraduates alike. Eminent faculty and exceptional student colleagues provide a local culture to live in and small classes to learn in, offering our students the richest kind of learning experience.