Maria Fackler

Degree and Year: 
BA 2001
Professional Title: 
Associate Professor of English
Employer: 
Davidson College

Professional Background: 
I received my PhD in English at Yale University, where I was a Whiting dissertation fellow. In 2007, I started my tenure-track job at Davidson College, where I was the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Assistant Professor of English, until I was promoted to associate professor with continuous tenure in 2013. Since then, I have served as acting Chair of the gender and sexuality studies department, and was just named the inaugural recipient of the Williamson Teaching Award in gender and sexuality studies. I continue to teach classes in both departments, including my courses on Desire, Gossip, British Literature Since 1945, Gesture, and Thinking Girls, Thinking Boys.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?: 
My English degree and the training I received in the department at Duke not only provided a springboard for my graduate work, but also helped me succeed in my PhD qualifying exams, and still informs my teaching on a near daily basis.