Hometown: Watkins Glen, NY
Why Penn State Altoona?
For the opportunity to continue playing sports.
Why the L.A.S. program?
It allowed me to take classes and study all the things that interested me. It gave me a creative approach to my degree.
My Major: “Non-Western Studies”
A combindation of Art History, History, Philosophy, Religion, and Comparative Literature
I was an Art History major for two years before I came to Penn State and decided that with the LAS program, I could broaden my degree by adding the other subjects. Like most things in college, each of my subjects applies to all of the others.
I want to be a college professor eventually or maybe work in government.
For more information:
Dr. Sandra H. Petrulionis
Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Office: 129 Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts
Sandra Harbert Petrulionis is the author of "To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau’s Concord," the editor of "Thoreau In His Own Time," and Thoreau's "Journal 8: 1854," and the co-editor of "The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism" and "More Day to Dawn: Thoreau’s Walden for the 21st Century." In addition, she has published on Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, and other American writers and reformers. She has received four grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the most recent two of which have provided more than half a million dollars in support of a scholarly, annotated, digital edition of the complete Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson. The Director of the NEH's Summer Institute on "Transcendentalism and Social Reform," she is also underway in the research for a cultural biography of 19th-century activist, author, and editor Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Petrulionis was a Fulbright scholar in Germany and a recipient of several honors, including the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities, and the college award for Outstanding Achievement in Research and Creative Activity.