Daniel Popernack is currently finishing his thesis work in the English M.A. program while serving as a research assistant. His thesis examines representations of determinism -- both environmental and psychological -- in modern American prison literature. Daniel teaches Spanish full-time at the Phelps School in Malvern and enjoys the demands and rewards of simultaneously being a student and teacher. When he has a free moment, he is an avid cook, lacrosse and hockey player, and homebrewer.