1983, Susan Kandel – Author

I am writing this in the middle of putting the finishing touches on the fifth mystery novel, which means, obviously, that I have come a long way from my history major days at Williams. Well, yes and no. After graduating, I thought I wanted to be a journalist, but as it turned out, I was happier doing research and academic writing, so I went back to get a master’s in art history from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. After finishing there, I moved to the Ph.D. Program at UCLA, but spent more time writing for art magazines and eventually working as an art critic for the L.A. Times (a job I held for 7 years) than writing my dissertation, so I eventually put that in a drawer. I then worked as the editor of the international journal art/text, while teaching art history and theory at UCLA and Art Center College of Design. After five years of that, I needed another change, so I figured, why not write a novel? It’s been a lot of fun. Every step of the way, I’ve been informed by the kind of rigor and intellectual curiosity that I was exposed to as a history major at Williams. It’s no coincidence that the heroine of my mystery series writes biographies, loves vintage fashions and old movies, and is in general, obsessed with the past. Thank you, Williams, for everything!