Susan Patrick

Major: African & African American Studies and Political Science; History minor

Currently: Doctoral Candidate/Research Assistant, Vanderbilt University

How has being an AAAS graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"My AAAS courses (particularly my Urban Education class with Charles Payne) really shaped my professional future. I developed scholarly interests that I still am pursuing today in doctoral work."

What advice would you give students in AAAS?

"As an interdisciplinary program, it can feel like you aren't getting a grounding in any one discipline. This has benefits and drawbacks. I had been exposed to many different ways of thinking about the world."