University of Minnesota
Department of English

Department of English

Meet the Advising Staff

Rachel DrakeGreetings from Rachel Drake

Rachel Drake, Coordinator of Advising and Undergraduate Studies

I worked as a college adviser in the CLA Languages and Mathematics Student Community for nearly ten years. My undergraduate majors were English and History, and I did study abroad programs in London and the Netherlands. After college, I spent time in this department as a PhD student (Victorian literature) and Teaching Assistant before realizing I would be happier as an adviser than as a professor. As a result of my own experiences, I am passionate about helping students with career investigation and study abroad. In my spare time, I love cooking, baking, reading, yoga, and especially spending time with my family. Please stop by 227 Lind and say hi!

Judith KatzGreetings from Judith Katz

Judith Katz, CLA Regional Adviser in English and GWSS

I have a MA in Playwriting from Smith College. I’ve published two novels with the independent feminist press Firebrand Books, one of which, The Escape Artist, was re-issued in spring 2013 with Bywater Books. I’m more than happy to discuss adventures in publishing or the long process of novel writing with you (good advice: don't quit your day job). I'm a fan of contemporary literary fiction, world music, opera, and jazz, but please note: my guilty pleasures include contemporary mystery novels (a current favorite is Norwegian Jo Nesbo); Law & Order re-runs; and watching Bones episodes via Netflix with my partner.


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