Student Spotlight

Lucas Wilson, Ph.D. Candidate

Lucas Wilson is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies under the supervision of Alan Berger, FAU’s Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair for Holocaust Studies. In the past year, Wilson has had his work published in several volumes, including the Flannery O’Connor Review, for which he won the Sarah Gordon Award, The Struggle for Understanding: Elie Wiesel’s Literary Works; Teaching Jewish American Literature; and Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature. He is, moreover, co-editing with his supervisor a collection of essays tentatively titled Emerging Trends in Third-Generation Holocaust Studies. His work has been accepted into several other edited collections, including Canadian Holocaust Literature; Silenced Masculinities; Becoming: Transformative Storytelling for Education’s Future; and Crossing Sacred Borders: Writing Journeys in Literature and Culture. Further, his non-academic work has been published in LGBTQ Nation, Queerty, and RVA Magazine and he also conducted and transcribed a series of oral histories of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors that are now publicly accessible through the College of Charleston. This year, he has also taught at University of Toronto (where he was also both a Research Assistant and a Writing Tutor), as well as at Seneca College. Wilson completed his BA in English from Liberty University and finished his MA in English from McMaster University. He then completed his MTS with a Certificate in Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, graduating first in his class.