Faculty Directory
Joanne Jacobson


Professor Emeritus of English; Former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

BA, University of Illinois,
MA, University of Iowa,
PhD, University of Iowa,

Dr. Joanne Jacobson came to Yeshiva University in 1990, from Middlebury College, where she taught American literature and American studies, and the University of Iowa, where she received her PhD in American civilization. She has also taught at the University of Angers, France, as a Fulbright lecturer. At Yeshiva College she teaches American studies, American literature, and nonfiction writing. She and has served as director of the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program; as director of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Jewish Studies; and as chair of the Department of English. She is currently serving her second term as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Jacobson’s 2007 memoir, HUNGER ARTIST: A SUBURBAN CHILDHOOD, and her 1992 academic study, AUTHORITY AND ALLIANCE IN THE LETTERS OF HENRY ADAMS, both explore the emotional conditions of change in twentieth century America. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The Forward, The Nation, New England Review, Massachusetts Review, BOMB, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She is currently involved in several creative and scholarly projects, which touch in different ways on the experience of chronic illness.

American literature, American studies, nonfiction writing, American autobiography and nonfiction

646-592-4430 x4430

Wilf campus - Furst Hall


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Spring 2017
Writing Abt Medicine Illness
ENG 1660H