George Derk graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in English in 2007. Before embarking on graduate school, he worked as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska, taught English in Madrid and Paris, and backpacked through South America where he discovered that he must have been a mountaineer in a past life. He began work on his PhD in English at the University of Virginia in 2011. He has served as a T.A. for survey courses on Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, and 20th-century literature. He has also designed and taught his own class that used documentary film as the basis for teaching academic writing. His research interests include the intersection of cinema and the modernist novel, including works by Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust, and Samuel Beckett. In his rare moments of free time, he enjoys hobbies such as photography and ultimate frisbee.