Adam Stauffer '10
When I entered Elizabethtown College in 2006, I had little interest in continuing the study of history beyond the undergraduate level. However, my experience with E-town’s History Department led me to pursue history as a career path. After graduating from Elizabethtown in 2010, I enrolled in the University of Rochester where I am currently a PhD candidate in history. At Rochester, I have had the opportunity to teach first-year writing seminars and history courses focusing on popular American heroes, regional culture, the California gold rush, and the history of science fiction. My dissertation, tentatively titled “Becoming ‘Californian’: Authorship, Gender, and Regional Identity in Early San Francisco Print Culture, 1848-1871,” examines the intersections of authorship and gender in the negotiation of California identity and cultural authority in early San Francisco print culture. My time as a history major and political science minor at Elizabethtown College served as a useful preparation for graduate-level study.