Meet the Intern: Danielle Fatzinger
My name is Danielle, and I’m the current PGR Office Intern. In a nut shell, my job is PGR community building. You may have seen my name around already on blog round-up emails and PGR & Postdoc Bake-Off announcements (there’s still time to participate!). I’m also the point of contact for the Impact in 60 Seconds competition recently announced, and I help edit and write for the blog.*
I’m also a fellow PGR. I’m a 2nd (going on 3rd) year PhD student in the Department of Celtic and Gaelic (hence my Twitter handle, @bonniecelt). My research focuses on the context and production of four Gaelic manuscripts written by a man named Hugh Maclean (or Eoghan MacGilleoin) in Kintyre, Argyll, Scotland between 1690 and 1698. As part of my research, I’ve visited the archives in Inveraray, Argyll, and the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, and I’ll soon be adding the LiveArgyll archives in Lochgilphead to the list.
I came to this topic and program in quite a round-about way. Having grown up in the USA (Pennsylvania), I discovered my interest in Scottish History and the Gaelic language through the Outlander novels. I learned of the existence of Celtic Studies programs while doing an English undergraduate degree at college in the US, so I followed my BA with the taught Celtic Studies MLitt here in Glasgow, and I’m now a self-funded member of the TeamUofG PGRs.
When I’m not researching or scheduling tweets and blog posts, I like to listen to podcasts and audiobooks, read, play games, knit, and bake. I find that having a lot of hobbies allows me to change up my routine! I’ll also go on mini-adventures, such as a wander up a hillside, and I always make a point of calling home about once a week. It’s marvelous to drift back into the comings and goings of everyday family life and get updates on my hometown.
I’m looking forward to working with you, keeping you updated on events, and learning more about the great group of postgraduate researchers here at UofG. I also look forward to hearing from you about your ideas for PGR community events and blog posts!