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Thomas Jesse

Specialty area(s)

20 & 21c American Literature, Secondary English Education, Poetry and Poetics, Rhetorical Approaches to Literature

Current courses at UWL

ENG 202: American Literature II
ENG 370: Early American Literature
ENG 405: Teaching and Learning English in the Secondary School


Ph.D., Texas Christian University (2015)
Dissertation: "Rhetorcizing the Avant-Garde: The Illegible as Argument"

M.A., University of Central Florida (2005)
Secondary English Language Arts

B.A., University of Miami, FL (2003)
English and Philosophy

Teaching history

ENG 110: College Writing I
ENG 201: American Literature I
ENG 202: American Literature II
ENG 200 / ENG 210 / ERS 210: Literature of Black America
ENG 341: Pedagogical Approaches to Adolescent Literature
ENG 370: Early American Literature
ENG 405: Teaching and Learning English in the Secondary School
EDS 492: English Education Student Teaching Seminar

Professional history

Assistant Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2015-Present)
Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Texas Christian University (2014-15)
Graduate Instructor, Texas Christian University (2011-14)
High School English Teacher, Seminole County Public Schools (2005-10)

Research and publishing


"Manufacturing Manhood: Young Adult Fiction and Masculinity(ies) in the 21st Century"
Chapter in Beyond the Blockbusters: Themes and Trends in Young Adult Literature (Forthcoming)
[Co-authored with Dr. Heidi Jones]

Review of Bryan Crable's Ralph Ellison and Kennth Burke (KB Jounal, Fall 2013)
[Co-authored with Dr. Tyler Branson, Dr. Sharon Harris, and Dr. Joel Overall]


"Voices of Advocacy in Imaginary Worlds: Teaching Speculative Fiction with Critical Literacy, Feminist, and Queer Theory Perspectives" (2016 NCTE Conference in Atlanta, GA)

"Curating Capitalism: Walter Benjamin, Kenneth Goldsmith, and the 21st Century Archive" (2016 PAMLA Conference in Pasadena, CA)

"Pedagogies of Poetry: The Transformational Rhetorics of Lyn Hejinian and Susanne Langer" (2016 Rhetoric Society of America Conference in Atlanta, GA)

"Kenneth Burke the Poetics of Pure Persuasion" (2014 PAMLA Conf. in Riverside, CA)

"Reassessing Language Poetry: Thirty Years After The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book" (2014 PAMLA Conf. in Riverside, CA)