Professor of Creative Studies
Albert Wachtel has introduced students to the wonders of literature, writing, and creative thought since he arrived at Pitzer in 1974. Wachtel has passed on his wellspring of knowledge in James Joyce, Shakespeare, epic and scripture, the ancient world, theory of literature, and non-fiction and fiction writing.
A sample of Wachtel’s classes include: The Bible and Homer, Greek Tragedy in Translation, Yeats and Magic, and Creative Writing and Creative Thought. His academic honors include three years as a National Defense Education Act Fellow, the Creative Arts Institute Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, and an appointment as a Danforth Associate.
Wachtel’s publications include “The Basement” in Broadkill Review, “Goddess” in The Gettysburg Review, and “Modernists” in Critical Survey of Poetry. He is the editor for Critical Insights: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (2011) and Critical Insights: James Joyce (2013) with Salem Press. He has also been a member of the Writer’s Guild, a distinction granted to writers whose work has been performed in film or on television.
Wachtel received his PhD from the State University of New York and his bachelor’s from Queens College. Prior to his arrival at Pitzer, he also served as an assistant professor at UC Santa Barbara and as an instructor and assistant to the dean at the State University of New York.