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Peter Katz (G'15)

Peter Katz (G'15)


Assistant Professor of English




Peter Katz (G'15)

Peter entered the English PhD program in Fall 2010 and graduated in Summer 2015, and is now Assistant Professor of English at Pacific Union College. His dissertation was titled Reading Bodies: Associationism, Empathy, and the Ethics of Sensation in Nineteenth-Century Fiction, which is serving as the basis for his first book, and he received a Certificate in University Teaching during his time as an ETS Teaching Associate. He recently became faculty mentor for the Alpha Delta Delta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.

What was your area of research as a graduate student?
I studied Victorian literature and culture, affect theory, and history of the book.

What activities and groups were you involved in?
I was active in the English Graduate Organization and served as the graduate-student representative to the agenda and graduate committees. I was also the inaugural editor of Metathesis. And I was involved in Aikido Club and Taekwondo.

What was your first job after graduation?
I was offered the job of Assistant Professor English at Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA (in Napa County), in Summer 2015.

How has your experience as a PhD student at Syracuse helped you succeed?
Not only did the department teach me how to be a proper scholar, it also taught me how to be a colleague and professional. From pre-professional workshops to the English Graduate Organization, the department showed me how to navigate and succeed as part of a community of scholarship.

Peter lives in Northern California with his partner and their two cats. Outside of work, Peter enjoys hiking and cycling in the Nor Cal hills, and is a rather accomplished martial artist and an only slightly less accomplished gamer (both board and video).