Summary: Dr. Christian DeFeo
- School of Humanities
Christian DeFeo graduated from the University of Southampton in 2010 with both
a PhD doctorate and a completed novel. Mister Shah is the fruit of many years
research into a subject that has long fascinated him; the story of a Pakistani man
wrongly accused of terrorism. Expert help from his supervisor Professor Aamer
Hussein helped Christian explore the issues and work through his ideas. "Writing
this novel has taken up much of my life, I can hardly believe it is almost over,"
he says. "I shall only be convinced when I receive my certificate at the
ceremony." He is the first to graduate from Southampton with a PhD in creative
writing and academics say he completed it in record time.
Christian believes he is following a family tradition by becoming a novelist. "My
Norwegian grandfather was an expressive and masterful story teller; perhaps I
have inherited some of his talents," he says.
Originally from New York, he took his undergraduate
degree in Political Science at Richmond, the American
International University in London, then returned to
study through taking a Masters in Creative Writing at