Faculty Profile

William Solomon.

William Solomon

Associate Professor


  • PhD, English, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1992

Professional experience:

  • Associate Professor of English, American Literature and Critical Theory, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

My mentor supplied me with an ethically admirable model for how to conduct myself professionally when relating to mentees. My goal would be to do the same for others: to show them the virtues of supporting the research of those who I am in position to guide. The specific quality I prize most highly in this regard is the ability to listen and respond to student aspirations rather than seek to determine these in accordance with my own convictions or biases.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Class and/or socioeconomic status and related discrimination.
  • Physical health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Mental health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for children.
  • Caregiving for other loved ones.
  • Financial stress and strain.
  • Non-U.S. citizen or immigrant experiences.

Academic Culture

  • Considering a non-academic path after grad school.
  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Taking a non-traditional path to grad school.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.