ABOUT

JOCELYN SEARS

I am an incoming fifth-year PhD candidate in the Department of English at Harvard University

and the recipient of an AM degree from the department. I am also a 2021–2022 Doctoral Fellow

with the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative.

My dissertation research focuses on narrative voice and literary form in 20th- and 21st-century dystopian novels. My wider academic interests include narratology, book history, feminist studies, queer studies, trauma studies, literary modernism, contemporary poetry, and speculative fiction.

I also work as a researcher for iHeartMedia's podcast division, on shows including

Under the Influence (where I make a cameo in Episode 7) and a number of

historical and cultural podcasts.

Before coming to Harvard, I received my BA from Stanford University, graduating with honors in English and a minor in Feminist and Queer Studies, and I completed an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Virginia, where I held a Poe-Faulkner Fellowship.

 

I spent two years as a staff researcher for the magazine mental_floss. and have published cultural and historical articles in venues including mental_flossJSTOR DailyAtlas Obscura, and Racked. 

My poetry has appeared in BOAAT, ApogeeSouthern Indiana ReviewPANK

Hawaii Pacific Review, and other journals.