professor
Kristin Sanchez Carter

Apr 2021

I loved this class so much. I am not an English major or concentration and I felt like I got so much out of this class. I wouldn't say it is easy necessarily, but definitely manageable. The class really focuses on reading literature from this era in the context of what was happening in America at the time. It's almost a cross between a history class and a literature class. The actual class is mostly discussion-based, with small break-out rooms (at least in the virtual format) about once a week. Professor Carter is awesome. She's pretty chill and is great at keeping the conversation interesting. She sometimes goes on tangents about something someone brought up in class but if you pay attention to them they're actually super helpful when working on the assignments. She really just wants you to think and contribute something new to the conversation.

Aug 2020

This is one of the best courses that I've taken at Columbia. Most of the students in the class when I took it were not English majors, so I found that class discussions were never dragged down by jargon or students trying to say overly intelligent things. Prof Sanchez Carter made it a really open space for students to share their experiences while making extremely insightful connections to the texts. I enjoyed almost all of the readings in the class (mostly contemporary novels/memoirs) and when a student didn't like a text, the professor encouraged us to explore what we didn't like and why we didn't like it. In addition Prof. Sanchez Carter adapted best to online learning out of all of my professors. She sent out frequent surveys asking about how students were doing and what she could do for them. She also sent individual emails to students with positive feedback which made the course feel so much more personal. She obviously cares so much about the content and her students. I would 100% recommend this course to any student in any field of study!