Hannah Peterson

Hannah Peterson

Hannah received her bachelor's degree in 2018 from St. John's College, a small liberal arts school known for its Great Books curriculum.  Focusing on the "great books" of Western Civilization, her studies culminated in a senior thesis that interpreted Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels using an Aristotelian framing of ethics.  Following her graduation, she spent a year interning at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.  There, she worked with the resident Senior Scholar, a fellow St. John's alumnus, to co-author a book on the history of the museum's exhibitions.  Hannah came to the HILI program for the opportunity to hone her research skills in an environment that supports interdisciplinary study.  She hopes to study Racine's Phèdre, its role in French culture, and the philosophy of mythology.