After studying medieval literature at England's renowned Oxford University as Goucher's 2000 Constance Caplan Scholar, and completing an independent study on the subject with associate professor Arnold Sanders, Corey Wronski '02 is on the fast track to a career in academia.
Corey Wronski's keen interest in medieval literature began at Goucher, in Arnold Sanders' "Beowulf To Dryden" course. Through the Constance Caplan Scholar program, Wronski was able to expand her studies with a self-designed program at Oxford University, completing one-on-one tutorials with some of the world's most famous medievalists.
Upon her return to Goucher, Wronski completed a senior thesis on eroticism and the female body in medieval virgin martyr legends, a topic she began studying while at Oxford. "Essentially, you could say that my medieval lit studies at Goucher and Oxford built on each other," says Wronski, who is currently working toward an M.A. in the subject at Georgetown University, with a full graduate fellowship and a two-year teaching assistantship.
At Georgetown, Wronski serves as a teacher's assistant for freshman English classes, in addition to her thesis research, which focuses on the applicability of psychanalytic theories of identity in meditative and mystical medieval writing. After completing her Ph.D., Wronski hopes to secure a tenure-track teaching position as a medievalist--ideally one which would allow her to teach interdisciplinary courses, like the Frontiers and Honors classes offered at Goucher.
"My academic experience at Goucher was a foundation and a stimulus for the intellectual work I am currently pursuing at a more advanced level, not only because of the subjects I studied, but because of the encouraging, inspiring professors," says Wronski.