So, you have a Ph.D. Where from and in what subject?

My Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota in American Studies, an interdisciplinary and somewhat anthropological field that focuses on the history, literature, and culture of the United States. (And, no, the "literature and culture of the United States" is not a contradiction in terms.)

My doctoral dissertation was a critical biography of an obscure (and not very good) nineteenth-century American poet named Daniel Bryan. That's one of the nice things about American Studies—if I had majored in English, I would have had to focus on a great writer. But since bad writers can tell you as much about their culture as great ones (and sometimes more), I could become the world's foremost authority on Daniel Bryan. I still am. When the editors of the Dictionary of Virginia Biography needed someone to write an entry for Bryan, they asked me. I was only too glad to do so. You can read my one-page entry on Bryan in Volume 2, published in 2001.

Incidentally, my B.A. and M.A. degrees are in English from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, the second-oldest university in the United States (after Harvard). Phi Beta Kappa, too (Alpha Chapter of Virginia). Not to blow my own horn but, hey, you asked.

OK, I admit I provided a little more information than the question called for.