01/27/2022 | AuthorNCC
Scott Zukowski is a 2021-23 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for American Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. He graduated from Nassau Community College with honors in May 2007, after which he earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He then spent a year working at a gold prospect in the Alaskan wilderness before doing his Ph.D. in American literature at Stony Brook University. Following his Ph.D., he received a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellowship, working as an editor and events manager at Library of America, a nonprofit publisher of American literature.
Always appreciative of his time at NCC, he served on the NCC Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2012 to 2021 and hopes to again in the future.
“When I think back on the most revolutionary experiences of my life, my final semester at NCC always sticks out as one of the most profound. For some reason, I was enrolled in four honors courses at once, and miraculously (and unexpectedly) they all fit together and complemented one another so well that it actually felt like I was enrolled in one “super-course” rather than four distinct ones. I learned about world literature (with Professor Hromulak), psychoanalysis, Marxism, Lockean philosophy, the theory of relativity, and the complex racial histories of rock and roll, and I emerged with a different mind than I entered with. And if that weren’t rewarding enough, because I was an honors student and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Tulane University then offered me a major scholarship that allowed me to continue my studies. I often reflect on the NCC Honors Program and wonder where I’d be without it.”
Scott has received several fellowships, including the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellowship at the Library of America, an MLA fellowship, and an internship with the Rockefeller Foundation. He has also published articles in the Early American Studies journal. Scott is now an Assistant Professor at the Institute for American Studies at the University of Graz, Austria, and the Associate Editor for the leading American Studies journal in continental Europe, Amerikastudien/American Studies.
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