Cynthia Westerbeck, Professor of English, received her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis. She specializes in 19th century British literature with a particular interest in the intersection between literature and the arts as reflected in her dissertation, "Jubal's Journey: The Musician as Exile in Victorian Literature." She joined the faculty at WWU in 2017, having previously served as Chair and Professor of English at Pacific Union College and Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University). She teaches upper-division English major seminars in Restoration and Enlightenment, Romantic British Literature, and Victorian Literature; for the Honors Program she teaches a quarter of Western Thought; for General Studies she teaches composition, as well as literary theme courses on topics such as Literature and the Arts and Environmental Literature. Both of these themes play a significant role in her life outside the classroom where she enjoys playing viola and piano, as well as hiking and even occasional mountaineering adventures with her husband.
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