Jessica Mintzes

B.A. Humanities & Justice Studies, John Jay College, CUNY

M.A. English, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Ph.D. Candidate, English, St. John’s University


Jessica is currently a PhD candidate at St. John’s University. Her research is grounded in gothic fiction and gothic architecture, with a particular interest in the connection between physical space, human geography, identity, and story line. Jessica’s master’s thesis outlined the history of gothic fiction, including its relationship to the origins of gothic architecture, and how together they inspire a re-thinking of the notions of physical space, human geography and its effects on the formation of memory and identity.

Other areas of interest include eighteenth and nineteenth century British and American literature, Romanticism, Shakespeare, Creative Writing (poetry), and psychoanalytic theory. Her experience in higher education includes teaching introductory courses in composition and expository writing for the English Department at Hunter College. Currently, Jessica works in an administrative role at The Graduate Center.