Contact & Location


Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

Thomas Drake

Thomas Drake

Office: Brink Hall 117
Email: tdrake@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: English Department - University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of English

With UI Since 1997

  • Biography

    Tom spent a highly politicized childhood in the California Central Valley, New York, Arizona, Los Angeles, Mississippi, Mexico and the Bay Area. He has hitch hiked across Israel and Alaska and spent his formative years looking for Thoreau in Bonners Ferry and Lao Tsu in China, running chain saw in the Selkirks, and generally wandering around looking at things. Whether exploring political philosophy in literature or the nature of true love and happiness, his courses focus on making often abstract and difficult intellectual concepts accessible, relevant and applicable to all of his students, regardless of their backgrounds and interests. Recently he has spent parts of his summers traveling to Spain to better understand the Moorish influence on the Renaissance.

  • Selected Publications
    • “It’s Alive! The Life Span of an Interdisciplinary Course in the Humanities”. Journal of General Education, V 57, No. 4 2008
  • Research Projects
    • Travel to Italy researching Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance art, architecture and literature as relevant to teaching curriculum. 2007, 2008, 2009
    • FIDA grant to study Spanish language, history, art and culture in Madrid, Spain. Summer 2012
    • Travel to Spain researching Arabic influence on the Early Renaissance.  Summer 2013

    • Drake is interested in showing the farm kid in the back row that Homer, Voltaire, Keats, Marx, Sartre and Foucault are all relevant to how he will spend the rest of his life. Toward that end, he’s interested in teaching students how to seek out, identify and challenge assumptions, and how to examine the histories of those beliefs they assume are inherently “True”.
    • Awards and Honors
      • Alumni Award for Excellence, 2003, 2010
      • Naval ROTC Certificate of Appreciation, 2002
      • Nominee: University of Idaho's Annual Award for Teaching Excellence, 2011

    Thomas's Links

    “I have divested myself of everything but pity – and some scorn – while putting down the insignificant events that bring on the catastrophe.” - Joseph Conrad on Heart of Darkness, letter to Richard Curle (publisher), 13 December 1898