M.A. with distinction, English, Georgetown University, 2018
- Thesis Title: "Feeling Waste: Material Sensations in the Eighteenth Century"
B.A., English, Theater, and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Oberlin College, 2012
Jacob Myers is a first-year graduate student in English at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Oberlin College in 2012, he taught film history, aesthetics, and screenwriting in BNU-HKBU United International College’s Cinema-Television Programme. When he returned to the United States, he performed research for the Paley Center for Media's curatorial department. His exhibition work focused on television representations of race and gender with a particular emphasis on African American contributions to television and portrayals of women scientists. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Jacob completed a Fulbright in Macau where he worked in the School of Languages and Translation and the BELL Centre of English at the Macao Polytechnic Institute.
At Georgetown University, Jacob interned for the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms as a historic artifact researcher. There, he analyzed the aesthetics of early American porcelain wares and the exchange of material goods between the Founding Fathers as a method of bond-building. In 2018, he was awarded a UN Women HeForShe Graduate Fellowship to fund his service in the Gender+ Justice Initiative. He also won Georgetown's Exceptional Masters Student Award At-large.
Jacob’s research interests center on the eighteenth century, emotional/sensory perception, and affective exchange. At Penn, he hopes to explore the formations of emotional regimes and communities during the eighteenth century and how scientific research and transpacific trade transformed Enlightenment understandings of feeling and embodiment.