Cynthia Westerbeck, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Office: Stauffer Hall

Phone: (707) 965-6610

Faculty Since: 2004

B.A., Walla Walla College, 1990
M.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 1992
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2000

Cynthia Westerbeck specializes in British Literature, especially Shakespeare and literature of the Enlightenment. She also has a special interest in literature and the arts, having earned an undergraduate major in music which inspired her dissertation research on the function of music in Victorian literature. She taught interdisciplinary courses in literature, music and art at Columbia Union College and continues to be active both as a pianist and violist. She has been published in Spectrum magazine and presented to the Adventist English Association Conference, the Lyrica Society Panel at the MLA Convention, and the PMLA Convention. Westerbeck was PUC's 2007 Educator of the Year and also teaches in PUC's Honors program.
Professional Activities:

"’Contraries Meet in One': Shakespeare, Donne, and the King James Version." The Book that Changed the World: The Story of the King James Version. Ed. Nikolaus Satelmaier, Pacific Press, 2013.

"Crossing the 'Rubric' On: Working Together to Prepare High School Students for College Level Writing." Co-Presented with Cheri Gregory and Anne-Marie Gregory. NCTE Conference, November, 2013.

“Picturing Christ; Incarnation and iconography.” Spectrum 33.3 (2005): 6-14

“Jubal’s Journey:  Music as ‘Awful Shock’ in Eighteenth Century & Victorian Literature.” Lyrica Society Panel.  MLA Convention, San Diego.  Dec. 2003.

“Jubal’s Journey: The Search for Music in das land ohne musik.” Panel on “Literature and the  Other Arts.” PAMLA Convention, Claremont, Calif.  Nov. 2003.