Group Leader & Instructor

‚Äč Bethany SweenyIt's exciting to hear that you're considering a semester abroad in London. Here's a little more info about me, so you know who you'll be studying with:

I'm originally from New York (the state, although I have lived in NYC, too); that's where I went to college (I started out at NYU, which is in Manhattan, and then transferred to Cornell University, which is upstate in Ithaca). Then, in 2008, my wife, Crys, and I moved to California so that I could go to graduate school. I got my master's degree in history at the University of California, Irvine (near LA); we also met our partner, Matt, at UCI. After getting my master's, I went on to pursue my PhD in Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz (near San Francisco), which I completed in December 2017.Having degrees in two disciplines means I always mix a little of my love of literature into my history classes, and a little of my love of history into my composition, literature, and humanities classes. You can look forward to interactive, interdisciplinary classes if you come to London.

You might be wondering how my family and I ended up in Iowa. That's a long story---for now, suffice it to say it was a combination of family, cost, and falling in love with the state. We've lived in Iowa for 5 years, and I've been teaching at DMACC that whole time. After working as an adjunct at several campuses, I started teaching English and History full-time at DMACC's Carroll campus--that's where I am physically from Monday-Thursday. The rest of the time I spend living in Perry with Crys, Matt, our dogs Boudreaux and Ozzy, our cats Puff and Nomad (according to my mom, we should have named Nomad "Dragon"), and our new cat, Shadow. As I'm sure you'll be surprised to find out, I love reading--non-fiction and fiction, but especially SciFi and Fantasy--and writing. I also love walking, hiking, kayaking, traveling, playing games (Heroes of the Storm, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, Scythe, Inis, Codenames, Kingdomino, and Scrabble, among others), and trying new restaurants.

I'm looking forward to traveling to London and getting to teach students who are excited about both learning and travel. If you have any questions for me, please email me at