Bridget McFarland

Writing Associate

Bridget McFarland earned a PhD in English from New York University and a B.A. and M.A. in English from Georgetown University. She has taught courses in British and American literature, transatlantic gothic novels, twentieth-century films, and composition. Her current interests include dramatic adaptations of popular literature, performance as personal practice and political statement, and histories of reading practices.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.