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Kat Powell

Kat Powell

Academic Advisor, Department of Economics


Houston, TX

Personal Interests

In my free time I prefer to drink coffee and read books outside in the early morning hours before most people are awake, run along tree-lined boulevards while looking at beautiful houses, talk for hours with my friends on breezy patios, look for creatures on hikes with my family, make you laugh. Curious is my favorite state of being. 


PhD in English Literature, University of Tennessee

MA in English Literature, Texas State University

BA in English, University of Houston

Educational Philosophy

As someone who started and finished her undergraduate degree in different schools and in different majors, I firmly believe that education often is shaped by non-linear pathways. Being devoted to learning means pausing occasionally to assess how values and interests may have changed and being willing to adjust plans to honor that personal inventory. Because learning is never a loss, I encourage students to view those early pathways retrospectively as time well spent, when they accumulated knowledge that broadened and deepened their perspective. To these ends, I aim to help students explore productively by connecting them with resources that allow them to develop a keen sense of self, to perform their best, and to gain experiences in the areas they care about the most—even as those evolve over time.

Favorite Quote

“Wrong reasoning sometimes lands poor mortals in right conclusions; starting a long way off the true point, and proceeding by loops and zigzags, we now and then arrive just where we ought to be.” –George Eliot

Kat Powell