Department Chair

  • Erich Hertz
    Associate Professor of English
    Kiernan Hall 214
    (518) 782-6896

Casey Summer Fellows

2013 Casey Summer Fellowship Recipient: Sarah Sesterhenn

With the assistance of the Casey Summer Fellowship, Sarah Sesterhenn was able to obtain materials to support her Honors Thesis research.  For her thesis, Sesterhenn is exploring gender roles in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," as well as modern film adaptations such as Disney's The Little Mermaid, Splash, and Aquamarine.  Sesterhenn continues to conduct research as she prepares her thesis. (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mary Fitzgerald-Hoyt).


2012 Casey Summer Fellowship Recipient: Romey Romano

With the assistance of the Casey Summer Fellowship, Romey Romano traveled to northern Vermont and was able to retrieve records of his family.  He also contacted Peter Farino in Italy, whom he met while studying in Siena last fall.  Farino was able to provide Italian documents that tied in with the ones Romey found in Vermont, including his grandparents' birth records, when and on what ship they departed from Italy, and when the arrived in the United States.  While in Italy last fall, he was also able to interview family members in the village where his grandfather was born and discover why his grandfather had left Italy at such a late date. Romey continues to research and find more information. (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chingyen Mayer)

2011 Casey Summer Fellowship Recipient: Rachel McCabe

With the assistance provided by the Casey Sumer Fellowship, Rachel McCabe traveled to the Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. There she researched the original drafts, personal letters, and transcribed speeches of Flannery O’Connor, whose short stories were the foundation of her Honors Thesis: “Flannery O’Connor: The Other and Terror in The Collected Stories.”  (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erich Hertz)