Jean Bessette

Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Vermont  

Pitt's PhD program encouraged me to undertake ambitious, interdisciplinary projects, guided by genuine questions. The self-defined nature of the comprehensive papers and exams allowed me to research both broadly and deeply, with the goal of identifying a productive avenue for dissertation research. The "Pitt dissertation" often breaks from the traditional school genre (with its obligatory lit review and methodology chapters); instead, Pitt dissertations often take the form of the scholarly books we read and are learning to write.

PhD Year: 2013

Specialization: Feminist and Queer Thetorics

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