Nathan Drapela

Graduate Student

Nathan earned his B.A. in Philosophy at Western Washington University in 2014. He wrote a senior thesis on the narrator of Hermann Hesse’s Das Glasperlenspiel, which he later published. Before coming to the Carolina-Duke program in 2017, he spent two years teaching English in Bregenz, Austria. Nathan is particularly interested in intersections between literature and philosophy. On the philosophical side, his research interests include Kant, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, aesthetics, and moral psychology. On the more literary side, he finds himself drawn to questions pertaining to the novel, narrative theory, and modernism. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys running, hiking, and honing his Vorarlbergerisch.