Associate Director of Humanities and Social Sciences
Jessica received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in English Language and Literature from Cornell University, where her research focused on queer adolescence and narrative structure in the mid-twentieth-century U.S. novel. During her time at Cornell, she taught First Year Writing Seminars and Expository Writing Courses. She is the recipient of the Recognition of Achievement in Teaching Award from the John S. Knight Institute and the Dean's Prize for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell. Jessica also holds an M.A. in English from Florida State University and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to joining the Sheridan Center, Jessica served as a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she taught courses in literature and literary theory, women's and gender studies, and composition and rhetoric. She has also worked as an Instructional Specialist in the Center for Teaching Excellence at Cornell where she developed teaching and learning programs and workshops and provided curricular consultations for faculty and graduate students.