Rob Ellis writes:
I grew up in Cardiff and have only recently moved back to the Welsh capital after spending the past 12 years living and working in the United States. I spent a number of years travelling around the world, but after taking part in a student exchange programme in 1995, organised between the Universities of Nottingham and Wyoming, I fell in love with “Big Sky” country and, upon completion of my Bachelors degree at the University of Nottingham, returned to Laramie, Wyoming in 1997 to begin work on my Masters degree.
I graduated with an M.A. in American Studies in 1999 and shortly after moved to Iowa where I took a part-time position teaching Cultural History to adult learners at St. Ambrose University in the Mississippi River town of Davenport. I worked at St. Ambrose University for 7 years and balanced my teaching with research for a Ph.D. (part-time) begun at the University of Nottingham in 2000. I was awarded a Ph.D. in American Studies (with a focus on visual culture/art history/social history) in 2007.
After a brief stint in New York City, I moved back to Cardiff at the beginning of 2009. I am currently employed by the Older People’s Commission for Wales, in Cardiff.
My interests are wide ranging and include everything from painting, photography, and writing, to cycling, yoga, and rugby.
I love teaching and hope very much that you will get as much out of this course as I’m sure that I will.