Q&A With English & Philosophy’s Dr. André Carrington

September 26, 2012 —

Dr. André Carrington

Assistant Professor, Department of English & Philosophy

Andre Carrington

Dr. André Carrington

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Degree: Ph.D. in American Studies, New York University
Research interests: African-American/African Diaspora and American literature and culture; gender/sexuality studies; popular media; performance studies

Q: What did you do prior to joining the faculty at Drexel?
A: I was a full-time faculty member in the Liberal Studies Program, an undergraduate core curriculum program at New York University, and previously, I held a dissertation fellowship in American Studies at Skidmore College.

Q: What is your favorite food or restaurant?
A: Seaweed

Q: What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
A: Time

Q: Who is your idol/Who inspires you?
A: Ida B. Wells

Q: What was the most memorable class you ever took as an undergrad?
A: African Literature—it was the first class I took.

Q: Which current event/issue do you think students should know more about?
A: The rise and fall of nation-states

Q: What should every student who plans to take your classes know about you?
A: I’m a lot like the rest of the faculty in all the ways that make our profession what it is, but I’m just as impressed as students are likely to be by how diverse we are as individuals.

Q: What made you want to become a professor?
A: My undergraduate advisor, a woman of color, showed me that intellectual work could be both personally challenging and gratifying, and she helped me seek out the resources that make it possible for people like me to pursue it.

Q: What course would you be most excited to teach at Drexel and why?
A: A course on the axiom that race is socially constructed.

Q: What do you hope to add to the CoAS community?
A: Scholarship that encourages us to value education as a public good.

See Dr. André Carrington in action: CoAS Dean’s Seminar Series: “Regarding Blackness in Speculative Fiction and Media,” Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 3:30 – 5:00 PM, Disque 109.