Adam Jernigan teaches in the English department at Uncommon Charter High School in Brooklyn, New York. His degrees include a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. Trained as a specialist in twentieth-century American literature, he has published essays on American fiction and poetry in a range of scholarly and popular journals. His other academic interests include poetic form, creative non-fiction, the utopian imagination, and emotion theory. The syllabus for his survey course in American literature can be found here, while the syllabus for his interdisciplinary course on the varieties of emotional experience can be found here.
Prior to teaching at Uncommon, Adam taught in the English departments at Avenues: The World School and The Lawrenceville School. He also spent several years teaching undergraduate and Master’s courses at the University of Chicago. His syllabus for an undergraduate course on the role of emotion in American fiction is still available here.
In his spare time, Adam enjoys relaxing with family and friends, writing creatively, watching independent films, and hiking or bicycling.
“Paraliterary Labors in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar: Typists, Teachers, and the Pink-Collar Subtext.” Modern Fiction Studies 60:1 (Spring 2014): 1-27.
“James Baldwin’s Post-Sentimental Fiction: From ‘Previous Condition’ to Another Country.” Arizona Quarterly 70:1 (Spring 2014): 173-201.
This first publication listed above was awarded the Margaret Church Memorial Prize for the best essay published in Modern Fiction Studies in 2014.