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Jess Rafalko

Jess Rafalko

CALS Graduate Research Assistant (2023-2024)
EGO Internal Liaison (2023-2024)
106 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Spring 2024 Office Hours

Not teaching Spring 2024

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 second-year PhD candidate in English. My research focuses on the limits of realism in Post-45 American literature.

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

Areas of Specialization

Contemporary Literature

Contemporary realism

Creative Writing

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

Theory and Cultural Studies

Novel theory, formalism, critical university studies and institutional analysis

Visual Culture

Film adaptation, comic strips and serial storytelling