Student/Faculty Research

Our professors are making important discoveries. You can, too.

Here's a sampling of research projects by our students:

Ordinary Magic: D.W. Winnicott and the E. Nesbit Tradition in Children’s Literature

By: Sarah Pincus '14
Faculty Adviser: Julie Rivkin

Flying in Place: Black Superheroes and Their Origin Stories

By: Kolton Harris '14
Faculty Adviser: Courtney Baker

In a Little While: A Short Story Collection

By: Munib Khan '13
Faculty Adviser: Blanche Boyd
(Creative work)

Liminal Leda: A Conversation About Art, Poetry, and Vague Translations of Sex

By: Molly Pistrang '13
Faculty Adviser: John Gordon


Student profile

Noam Waksman Noam Waksman

English, psychology

Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: Conn stood out for two reasons: the honor code and CELS (the College’s career program). Those two programs, as well as my experience visiting Conn and sitting in on classes, made it clear to me that this was a place that would fully support both my intellectual and personal growth.

Q: Your most challenging or rewarding class?
A: My most challenging class, and also the most rewarding, was the Alice Munro seminar that I took with Professor Julie Rivkin, a Munro expert. She brought such a genuine and intense passion for the work that it encouraged me (and the rest of the class) to put maximum effort into every assignment and class discussion. It was both challenging and fascinating to engage with Munro’s immaculate and haunting short stories.

Q: What extracurricular activities do you participate in?
A: As a Roth Writing Center tutor, helping my peers with all aspects of the writing process across all subjects has been one of my most rewarding experiences at Conn. I am also an admission fellow, an Honor Council representative, a student adviser and president of Scuds, Conn’s long form improv comedy group.

Q: Did you do a funded internship?
A: CELS, the College’s career program, has played a huge role in my professional development and career planning. My CELS adviser's guidance was instrumental in helping me land my dream College-funded internship — doing marketing and providing web content for a professional writing center in Boston. I got to interact with professional writers, publish some of my own work and grow professionally.

Q: What are your career plans?
A: Right after graduation, I'll start an internship as a member of the marketing team for the Lowell Spinners, a Boston Red Sox minor league affiliate. Looking further down the road, I plan on trying to get a job with a publishing company in New York and continuing to write as much as possible.

Selected courses

  • Humans and Other Animals in 19th-Century American Literature
  • Writing the Short Story
  • African Novels
  • Nomads, Shamans, and Mystics: Imagining Central Asia
  • Race, Nation, and Empire in the 18th Century
  • Thrills, Chills, and Tears: Black Genre Fiction
  • Vladimir Nabokov: Mandarin, Magician, Ecrivain
  • Songs
  • Love and Sex in the Middle Ages
  • The Literature of Passing


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