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 doctoral candidate in English with a certificate in Cinema & Media Studies. He focuses on eighteenth-century literature and media at Penn, and he researches the rhetorics of natural history, the narratives of British empire and colonialism, and the deep history of visual technologies. His dissertation explores how British settlers, enslaved laborers, and local ritual specialists conceptualized plantation vermin in the West Indies. Jacob has served as a co-coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality (Gen/Sex) Working Group from 2019 to 2021 as well as the 2019-2020 GEA's Funding Librarian. In 2021, he was awarded a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. He currently acts as the caretaker for the Anthropocene and Animal Studies Reading Group.
Before coming to Penn, Jacob worked at a variety of universities and cultural institutions. After graduating from Oberlin, he taught film history, aesthetics, and screenwriting at BNU-HKBU United International College. When he returned to the United States, he researched television representations of race and gender for the Paley Center for Media's curatorial department. His exhibition work includes Cracking the Code: Media Portrayals of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and A Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Jacob completed a Fulbright at the Macao Polytechnic Institute where he worked in the School of Languages and Translation and the BELL Centre of English.
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 where he collaborated with staff members on their #MeToo movement programming. He is also the recipient of Georgetown's Exceptional Masters Student Award, At-large.