John Schulz

Sixth-year graduate student
English

I am sixth-year PhD Candidate in the English Department and have been working at the McGraw Center as a University Administrative Fellow since 2019. As a UAF, I have led workshops on effective scholarly communication and perfectionism—topics personal to my own experience as a graduate student—and helped develop and launch the Graduate Peer Coaching initiative. I am personally invested in metacognitive matters of productivity and self-efficacy—the sort of thought patterns that enable progress in academic writing, for instance. As an academic coach, though, I am happy to work with graduate students from any discipline, on whatever it is you wish to discuss. I am committed to being a “thinking partner” with whom you can explore and generate insight about your experiences and goals in order to develop a plan conducive to your own sense of thriving and well-being. As a scholar, I specialize in Romantic and Victorian poetry. My dissertation charts a history of the ballad genre’s evolving relationship to British nationalisms in nineteenth-century poetry and explores how the genre’s incoherence paradoxically made for cogent nationalist ideologies and even contributed to the formation of other new and experimental poetic genres. In my downtime, I enjoy listening to music that ranges from jazz to Americana and perfecting the art of homemade pizza. I also love to play and watch tennis.