Srinivas is a Professor of English and Dean of the Humanities at Duke University. He has also served as President of the CHCI (Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes).
For Erik Simpson, English is more than a discipline; it's the family business.
He grew up in Olean, N.Y., the son of an English professor at St. Bonaventure University. His mother, too, is in academe, running the learning center at the local community college. His parents met -- as did he and his wife, Carolyn -- in an English graduate program. Simpson's father teaches the British Romantics; so does he.
That said, Simpson stresses that he never felt any pressure to walk the same path his parents walked. Quite the opposite, in fact.