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Jess Rafalko

Jess Rafalko

CALS Graduate Research Assistant (2022-2023)
EGO President (2022-2023)
106 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Jess Rafalko

Spring 2023 Office Hours

Not teaching Fall 2022

Curriculum Vitae


MA, English, Penn State University (2022)
MFA, Creative Writing (Fiction), The Ohio State University (2018)
BA, English, King's College (2014)

Professional Bio

I am a first-year PhD student in English. My interests lie broadly in American literature and pop culture, considered through the lenses of narrative/genre theory and aesthetics. I also work in critical university studies and institutional analysis. My current research projects are a study of the postwar campus novel, and a study of the role of fiction-writing manuals in creative writing instruction.

I'm also a fiction writer. My work has appeared most recently in One Story and The Apple Valley Review.

Areas of Specialization

American Literature After 1900

Post45 writers, the campus novel

Contemporary Literature

Contemporary realism

Creative Writing

The teaching (and institutionalization) of creative writing, the craft manual as a genre

Theory and Cultural Studies

Aesthetics, critical university studies and institutional analysis, disability studies, narrative/genre theory

Visual Culture

Film adaptation, comic strips and serial storytelling