Brief Vitae

My Academic Qualifications

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Jesse Sopher

I am a generalist in English studies with an expertise in queer theory and literature, with a particular emphasis on late 19th and 20th century American literature. In addition to my literary studies, I have also completed coursework and research in Rhetoric and Composition, as well as practical pedagogies and higher education. Over the last six years, I have taught courses in literature, writing, rhetoric, and research.

Doctor of Philosophy, English

Ball State University, 2020 (expected)
Dissertation: From Codes to Communities: Establishing Communities and Recovering Identities through Queer Sexological Discourse

Master of Arts, Liberal Studies (literature concentration)

Indiana University Kokomo, 2014
Thesis: A Queer Golden Age: Negotiating Influences of Advocacy, Community, and Heteronormativity in Queer Television Narratives

Bachelor of Arts, English

Indiana University Kokomo, 2012
Capstone: Feminism in Modern Myth: An Exploration of Girl Power in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Teaching Experience
Ivy Tech Community College, 2019-present
  • ENGL 215: Rhetoric & Argument
  • ENGL 111: English Composition
  • ENGL 075: Integrated Reading & Writing
Ball State University, 2014-2019
  • ENG 230: Reading and Writing about Literature (Instructor of Record)
  • ENG 103: Writing and Rhetoric (Instructor of Record)
  • ENG 104: Composing Research (Instructor of Record)
  • ENG 217: Introduction to Queer Literature and Queer Theory (Teaching Assistant)
  • ENG 260: British Literature I: Beginnings to 1780 (Teaching Assistant)
Indiana University Kokomo, 2013-2014
  • ENG-W132: Reading, Writing, and Inquiry II (Teaching Assistant)
Related Experience
  • Literature Expert, (2019-present)
  • Freelance Writer, Copyeditor, Tutor (2009-present)
Research Interests
  • Queer theory and literature
  • Sexology
  • Archival theory
  • Queer literary recovery
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Masculinity studies
Available on request