Where did you go to school?
I earned my BA right here at DePaul University and continued on at DePaul to earn an MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse.
What were your majors/minors in undergrad?
As an undergrad, I majored in History with a focus on public history and museum studies. I also minored in Classical Studies.
Favorite class in college?
My favorite college class was a history course called Maps and Power. On a weekly basis, we visited DePaul's Department of Special Collections and Archives to conduct research on maps that were made as early as the 1500s. As we researched the maps, we learned about how cartographers (or the influential people hiring the cartographers) used maps as tools of power as they decided what to display on a map and what to hide. It was a super interesting course and an awesome opportunity to work with artifacts that are hundreds of years old!
If you weren’t an academic advisor, what would you be doing?
Apart from advising and teaching, three of my biggest interests are history, music, and writing. I might combine those interests and be a music ethnographer documenting folk music in the U.S.
Three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
A guitar, a good book, and a small boat in case I decide I'd like to leave.