ABOUT

JOCELYN SEARS

I am a third-year doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Harvard University and the recipient

of an AM degree from the department, where I am co-coordinator of the Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature Colloquium. I am also a 2020-2021 Canada Dissertation Research Fellow

at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, receiving support for my work on Margaret Atwood.

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 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.