Graduate Alumni Stories

Shalom Black Lane '00

I am currently living in Indiana with my husband of two years, Adam.  I use my Comparative Literature degree every day, by helping children to value reading and writing, as well as high quality literature and poetry.  The research and writing skills I gained at Dartmouth--especially the ability to organize and edit my writing--have been enormously useful in writing grants and articles, and creating programming.  I've found that having the name "Dartmouth" on my resume has opened many doors for me, both in teaching positions related to my Com Lit major, and in my new filed of arts administration.  My path since graduating from Dartmouth ub 2000 has not run straight, but my time in the MA program certainly challenged me to become a better thinker and writer.

Genevieve Amaral '07

After completing her M.A. in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth, Genevieve went on to spend a year teaching English in France and will be beginning a PhD in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University in the Fall '08.

Genevieve credits her experience at Dartmouth with helping her reflect on and develop her own position on what "comparative literature" means.  She's grateful to the various faculty and staff at Dartmouth who helped her find this sense of direction, which in turn helped her select and apply to graduate schools and has given her a sense of her relation to academia, something which can be difficult to establish on one's own.

Kate Paarlberg '07

began working as a social worker in a program for pregnant families in downtown Kingston, New York. With the Spanish she practiced at Dartmouth, she works with Kingston's large population of undocumented immigrants. With the critical theory she practiced at Dartmouth, she connects her work to issues of race, class, and the development of gender in the modern urban landscape. Kate hopes to enroll in a PhD program next fall in Latin American Studies.

Duncan Yoon '07

My MA thesis is going to be published later this year by Cambridge Scholars Publishing Newcastle UK. It will be in a compilation of essays entitled: "REVOLUTIONS: Mapping Culture, Community and Change.

July 2009, Duncan is at UCLA getting his PhD in Comparative Literature.