From: Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Year in School: PhD, 2nd year
Hi everyone! I'm Jess, a second year PhD student in French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. I was born and raised in the United Kingdom, but have also lived, worked, and studied in France, Germany, and Luxembourg. In Ann Arbor, I spend my days teaching French and researching the history of fatherhood in relation to daughters in sixteenth and seventeenth century France. As a first generation student, I am keen to work on new ways to bring my research to a wider audience and to encourage students from underrepresented groups to pursue graduate work in the humanities.
I love being part of the House and getting involved in the local community because when I came to the US in 2017, I really wanted to get to know the country and its people instead of just restricting myself to socialising with other PhD students. In my free time, I volunteer at the Michigan Language Center, take trapeze classes, practice yoga, bake, and travel. I've backpacked all over Europe (my favourite destinations are Hungary, Estonia, and Slovenia), taught English in Poland as a volunteer, and am aiming to visit all 50 states during my PhD (I'm currently at 13...). Ultimately, I want to start my own educational foundation in the UK...