Jesse Peters grew up on a farm in southern Georgia, steeped in the culture and traditions of the rural South. After graduating high school, he attended Emory University where his love of language and literature took root. The work of fellow southerners Faulkner, Percy, Welty, and Hurston pushed him to see the world in new and creative ways. He was also drawn to the writings of contemporary Native American authors, such as Scott Momaday and Leslie Silko, and decided to pursue a graduate degree in Native American literature. This decision led him to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where he completed his Ph.D. under the guidance of Louis Owens.
Wanting to return to the south, he joined the faculty of UNC Pembroke in the Fall of 1999. Currently, he is a tenured Professor of English and American Indian Studies. Though he has served as Dean of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College and the Director of the Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity center, his first love is teaching. As he says, "Literature is what makes the world move. We all create ourselves out of stories, and sharing those stories with students is the greatest thing a person can do. At least it is for me." His courses include Survey of Native American Literature, the Native American Novel, Cultures in Contact, and Southern Literature.
He is also a proponent of experiential teaching methods and tries to provide
students with unique educational opportunities. In the summers of 2008
and 2009, he took groups of students to Belize as part of his Cultures
in Contact Honors seminar, and he also team-taught a course in Native
American literature which included travel to New Mexico in 2008 and
2010. According to him, "We
need to do whatever we can to get students to see how connected everything
is. Education and life are not separate, and how we see the world is
inextricably linked to how we interact with it."
Please visit the links on the left to learn more about his professional interests and activities.
Dr. Jesse Peters
Professor of English and American Indian Studies
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
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