Jessica Isaac serves as Program and Curriculum Director at Books@Work, a Cleveland-based nonprofit that brings professor-led literature seminars to workplace and community settings. She is also an independent scholar and did her doctoral work in literature, literacy, and composition at the University of Pittsburgh.
Her dissertation, Compliant Circulation: Children's Writing, American Periodicals, and Public Culture, 1870-1920, examines how white middle class American youths and Native American students used periodicals to influence ideas about youth identity in American culture. By reading large corpora of youth writing for periodicals, she show that compliance is a more fruitful frame than resistance for studying the historical agency of the young.
She continues to study amateur journalism and is speaking at the 2016 Amateur Journalism Conference in Madison, Wisconsin this summer. Her award-winning article on the subject appeared in American Periodicals in 2012 and another will appear in Book History in November 2016.
Follow the links at the top for more information on her research and past teaching.