Know Your Provost: Katie Conboy

September 09, 2013

Katie Conboy

Dr. Katie Conboy is our amazing Provost! We asked her a few questions.

Tell us, what book are you reading right now, and what's your favorite book?

Right now I am reading Colum McCann's thoroughly ambitious, continent-spanning, time-traveling novel, TransAtlantic. My Ph.D. is in English, and I study the history of the novel, so I am always interested in how the forms of fiction continue to evolve.
My desert-island novel remains Bleak House, which Charles Dickens published serially in 1852-53. I actually have a first edition in my office--a "welcome" gift from my new Simmons colleagues!

We hear you love to travel. What's your favorite place to go and why?

I spent last spring in Paris, and it's pretty hard to beat that! I love to return to familiar places (I've lived more extensively in Germany and England), but my husband will tell you that I'd go anywhere. Our daughters have stretched my mileage by studying and working abroad in Senegal, Morocco, Cameroon and Thailand. I visited them in each of those places, and I am ready for the next adventure.

Fill in the blank: When I was in college, I _____

Discovered who I was and what really mattered to me.

My hidden talent is:

I'm a singer. I'm not really that great, but I have fun with it, and I even earned a little money at it earlier in my life!

What's your favorite place in Boston?

In Boston proper, I'd have to say it's Fenway Park. There are few things better than a night in the ballpark, where time seems to slow down.

Fill in the blank: I love Simmons because _____

There's a great balance of institutional gravitas and institutional nimbleness. We can respect tradition while being open to the future.