Nancy Anderson


Where are you from?

Pennsylvania, USA.

What year will you complete your degree?

Due to complete in 2011.

What degree pathway are you studying at Queen’s?

PhD in Anthropology in the Institute of Irish Studies.

Why did you choose to study Irish Studies and Anthropology at Queen’s?

I came to the Institute of Irish Studies Summer School in 2007 and immediately liked Belfast.  At the time I was working on my MA in Irish Studies in Washington, DC.  The summer school gave me a chance to meet with the faculty and see how programmes at Queen’s were run.  I knew I wanted to go on to do my PhD and was particularly interested in public policy and the arts in Belfast.  I was also drawn to Queen’s because the University has such a high reputation throughout the world. 

What do you particularly enjoy about studying this subject at Queen’s?

My research topic is focused on the Re-Imaging Programme, a programme currently run by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland with the goal of removing negative, sectarian and racist imagery from areas of Northern Ireland.   What I enjoy most about this topic is being able to talk to people who are involved in this programme and exploring the relationships involved in making the programme work.    I was able to preset a paper this year in conjunction with two other students as part of the Irish Studies Seminar Series.

What about studying at Queen’s in general? What is that like?

Queen’s offers great facilities, including a new library set to open in September.  I’m a member of the PEC as well and use the pool on a regular basis.  Friends from my office and I will often go over to Clements in the Student Union for lunch or coffee when we need a pick me up.  

What are you planning to do in the future? What career would you like to pursue?

I intend to go on to become a lecturer and to continue on with my research in arts and public policy.

Would you recommend studying at Queen’s to other students? What advice would you give them?

I would recommend studying at Queen’s to other students interested in pursuing graduate studies.  One of the things that I’ve liked most about Queen’s is the relaxed working relationship between staff and students as well as the support that is provided.  My advice to students interested in studying at Queen’s would be to make sure to involve yourself in outside activities, join the PEC and the Postgraduate Association and go to events on and off campus.  It’s important to meet people outside of your department because those conversations and experiences can enhance your research.