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Current Students

Savannah Bateman

Master’s Student, Concentration in Literature, Medicine, and Culture

Savannah is an M.A. student at UNC with a concentration in Literature, Medicine, and Culture. She is from the small town of Kitty Hawk, located on the Outer Banks, NC. She earned her B.A. in English Literature with two minors in biology and chemistry from Western Carolina University. As an undergraduate, she was primarily interested in interdisciplinary research and medicine. She has a work history in emergency medical Services and medical transportation services, which primarily drives her research interests in the health humanities, focusing on bibliotherapeutic techniques in chaotic work environments, trauma theory, and rhetorical analysis of the metaphorical language in EMS provider personal narratives.

Austin Hopkins

Master’s Student, Concentration in Literature, Medicine, and Culture

Austin is an M.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and is pursuing a dual M.A. in English, concentration in Literature, Medicine, and Culture. He earned his B.A. in Mathematical Statistics with minors in Biology and Chemistry from Wake Forest University. He plans to practice medicine as a psychiatrist, and is particularly interested in trauma, LGBTQ+ health, narrative medicine, eating disorders, and incarcerated health. He is a writer, having published numerous essays in platforms including Doximity Op-Med and The International Journal of Prisoner Health as well as an autobiographical creative non-fiction book entitled The Loose Ends Became Knots: An Illness Narrative. As a master’s student, he plans to study how the health humanities can provide an integrated approach to the conceptualization, understanding, and treatment of trauma as well as engaging in archival research in the field of asylum studies.


Megan Swartzfager

Master’s Student, Concentration in Literature, Medicine, and Culture

Megan is pursuing an MA in English with a concentration in Literature, Medicine, and Culture and serving as a HHIVE Lab Research Assistant and Health Humanities Grand Rounds coordinator. She received her BA in English with a minor in Society and Health from the University of Mississippi. Her undergraduate research focused on social determinants of health and the politicization of medical knowledge, but her honors thesis focused on the persistent collective traumas of slavery and its descendants. At UNC, Megan plans to study the deployment of gendered rhetoric in the professionalization of American nursing and to continue pursuing research about the social determinants of health.


Nathan Quinn

Headshot of Nathan QuinnPhD Candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature

Nathan is working on his PhD in English Literature at UNC Chapel Hill, with a focus on contemporary American literature, and is serving as a HHIVE Research Assistant for the 2020-21 academic year. He originally hails from Saint Louis, Missouri, and earned his Bachelor’s in English at Princeton University. Nathan wrote his undergraduate thesis on themes of addiction, communication, and religion in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest; and his graduate research is presently focused on literary texts as objects of “religious” significance and the relationship between language and the supernatural.