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Robert Finegan

Robert Finegan, MFA

Associate Teaching Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

Education:

  • MFA, Creative Writing, University of Pittsburgh, 1991
  • BA, English with History Minor, University of Delaware, 1985

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Resilience literacy
  • Narrative psychology
  • Creative writing

Bio:

Bob has been teaching at Drexel since 1991. He has taught fiction and creative nonfiction writing, along with the first-year writing sequence.

From 2012 to 2019, Bob served as a writing consultant at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he helped develop a graduate writing program and coached MBA students.

Bob’s short stories have been published in The Sun, River Styx, The Antietam Review and other magazines. He has received a literature fellowship from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

In 2013, Bob developed an English 103 course based on the themes of adversity and resilience. Alarmed by the mental health crisis affecting young people, and seeing the impact of anxiety and depression on many of his students, Bob recognized that a writing course focused on analysis of fiction, poetry, drama, philosophy, psychology and spiritual literature could help address such problems. He has refined this course over the past decade, compiling readings and crafting writing assignments that enable students to cultivate resilient mindsets. Students learn how Stoic philosophy, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral strategies can help them weather struggles and respond to setbacks with strength, wisdom and self-compassion. Bob’s website, Hangdog Revival, shares a parallel mission of supporting those who struggle with depression.