David AP Womble

William Lee Pryor Assistant Professor of English, University of Houston

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Professional Background

Professor, author, horse trainer. In my research, I specialize in science, literature, and political theory across Europe and the British empire during the 18th and 19th centuries.

How has your English degree from Duke shaped your work life?

Duke English taught me the joys of a rigorous challenge and how to tell the difference between a good idea and an easy one. Additionally, the faculty and staff who made that possible for me and many, many others modelled a kindness and generosity that will always set the gold standard in my mind for what it means to be part of a collective endeavor.

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