Professor Patricia Alden received her Ph.D. at Stanford University, specializing in modern British literature. In over a quarter of a century at St. Lawrence, her research focus has shifted from Thomas Hardy and D. H. Lawrence to post-colonial and, specifically, African literature. She co-authored a book on Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah and has published articles on Zimbabwean authors. Her courses include the modern British novel, African literature, survey of British literature, and post-colonial literature in English. She also serves on the African Studies Board and currently serves as Associate Dean of International and Intercultural Studies. The best part of this new position, in her view, is advising students about their proposals for travel and research grants to enrich their study abroad experience.