Brian Van Wyck

Student Info

Graduation Year:
Alfred, ME

Originally from Maine, Brian earned a BA in history from Williams College. After graduating, he taught English in Turkey, worked in college admissions, and spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Germany. In 2012, he completed an MA in Nationalism Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, before beginning doctoral studies in the History Department at Michigan State. In his graduate career, Brian has focused on European and Middle Eastern history, particularly the history of migration from Turkey to West Germany after the Second World War. His work on Turkish teachers and imams in West Germany intersects with the history of Islam, education, nationalism, and race in both countries. 

In his role as an RCAH fellow, Brian hopes to investigate the teaching and assessment of writing in arts and humanities courses, as well as the promises and pitfalls of digital pedagogies. Having studied at nine universities in four countries, Brian is also interested in exploring and applying the perspectives offered by different teaching and learning models practiced in other higher education contexts.