2004 Alumnus Earns Mellon Fellowship
By Mark Sullivan
Meghan Hammond '04, of St. Paul, Minn., has won a coveted Mellon
Fellowship for her doctoral studies in English literature at New York
Her scholarship will focus on the novel, from the Victorian through the
"There are few thrills like reading a novel that inspires an urgent
question," Hammond says. "Right now, the questions that are most
pressing and interesting for me involve the nature of literature itself.
Why do we read and write? What drives one to relate a personal history,
to record one's own truth for posterity? How does the novel create our
experience with a fictional character's reality?"
An English and Hispanic Studies major at BC, she credits the academic
mentoring she received as an undergraduate from Asst. Prof. Kevin Ohi
and Prof. Frances Restuccia in English and Adj. Asst. Prof. Chris Wood
in Spanish Language and Literature.
"Prof. Wood encouraged me to apply for a Boston College Advanced Study
Grant for the summer of 2002," she said. "The research I did that summer
on English- and Spanish-language metafictional texts eventually became
the foundation of my senior thesis.
"Prof. Ohi directed my thesis and Prof. Restuccia served as the second
reader. Both are incredibly attentive to their students' writing, which
is what one needs from thesis readers. They both set the bar very high,
especially where writing is concerned.
"Such rigor is necessary in an English Department. Knowing that I was
constantly challenged to do better leaves me satisfied with my decision
to study literature at BC."
The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship is awarded by the Woodrow Wilson
National Fellowship Foundation to exceptionally promising students
preparing for scholarly careers in the humanities.