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 second-year doctoral 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 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. He is also the recipient of Georgetown's Exceptional Masters Student Award, At-large.
Jacob currently researches perception, scientific epistemologies, material/media cultures, and global exchange in the long eighteenth century. In the 2019-2020 academic year, Jacob will serve as a co-coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality (Gen/Sex) Working Group. He will also serve as the 2019-2020 GEA's Funding Librarian.