Cecily Swanson

Director of Studies, Mathey College
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Office Location: 
315 Hamilton Hall


Welcome! As your Director of Studies, I’m excited to help you navigate your academic life at Princeton.

Before joining Mathey College, I was a faculty member of the Princeton Writing Program. I have also taught writing and literature at New York University and at Cornell University, where I received my Ph.D. in English. While at Cornell, I worked for a year as the graduate adviser in residence to Cornell’s study abroad program in Paris. I received my B.A. in English from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Although I’m originally from the D.C. area, my time at Reed instilled in me an abiding love for the Pacific Northwest, where most of my extended family resides. I lived in Brooklyn for a number of years, so I also enjoy spending time back in New York City. 

You will certainly meet my family in the Mathey dining hall. My husband, Kip Berman, is a musician who loves to travel the world with his rock bands, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and The Natvral. We have a three-year-old daughter, Viola, and a baby son, Maury, who turns one in October. They are both huge fans of the Mathey moose. In my free time I like to jog, bicycle, read, cook, and watch soccer. (I am an enthusiastic Academic Athletic Fellow of the Princeton Women's Soccer team!) I ride my bike to campus most days and consider myself an expert at cycling with a cup of coffee.

My scholarly research considers how early 20th-century literary salons shaped artistic production. This means that I’ve spent years thinking about why informal conversation matters. To that end, my door is always open. Stop by and introduce yourself. I’m eager to learn about your interests and help you design a satisfying and inspiring course of study.