Grace Kessler Overbeke

Grace Kessler Overbeke received her BA from Wesleyan University and her MA and PhD from Northwestern University and served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University. She is now an Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago, where she works primarily within the Comedy Writing & Performance Major.

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