Research in the Humanities

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EN4600 Research Experience in the Humanities (Spring)

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Dr. David Cantrell

An eighth-generation Carolinian, David Cantrell has enjoyed several different lives, though most of his professional career has been spent teaching at several universities, including Stanford, where he received his doctorate in American literature; the University of Nevada; where he was an NEH postdoctoral fellow; and the University of San Diego, where he had appointments in the college and in the School of Law. The opportunity to teach the extraordinarily gifted students at NCSSM proved, however, even more compelling than a very pleasant life in southern California; thus, some 30 years after leaving his home state, he returned, grateful and glad to join the work of the humanities at NCSSM. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and History from Wake Forest University, a master's degree in divinity with a concentration in Religion and Anthropology from Harvard, and an MA and PhD in American literature from Stanford University.

Dr. Cantrell joined NCSSM in August of 2013. He teaches American Studies, Westerns and the West, the Research Experience in Humanities, and Research in Humanities. For the last six years, he has led students to Arizona on mini-term excursions. In 2019-20, Dr. Cantrell received the award for Outstanding Teacher at NCSSM.

The Fifth World is the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics' student-written and student-published humanities research journal. Established in 2016, the publication feature student works ranging from topics in critical race theory, linguistics, gender and sex, art history, politics, human rights, and endless more subjects of interest.