Nelson Guertin

Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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It was the study of history that gave structure to the meaning of literature and to the social sciences and the reasons behind human endeavor and human feeling.”

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Nelson Guertin received a B.A. in English from Providence College and an M.A.T. in English from Rhode Island College.

When he began his teaching career at JWU, Guertin was also given the opportunity to teach Sociology. He was immediately struck by the role of historical context in both peoples lives and literature. It was the study of history that gave structure to the meaning of literature and to the social sciences and the reasons behind human endeavor and human feeling. Human motivation was hidden in the context of people's lives, in the historical currrents that produced those times. Guertin became smitten with history.

In 2003, he was able to switch departments from English to Humanities. He was also taking courses for his Ph.D. in Humanities. The teaching of World History, American History, American Government, Modern American History and Comparative World Religions has given him a good sense of the many-layered context of the human throughout history. 

Through his teaching, Guertin is able to elucidate the many faceted aspects of the human. The human is a wonderful, complicated being; through the study of history, we begin to investigate the wonder of the human and the world in which s/he lives.