Jason Molesky


I write and teach courses on modern and contemporary American literature and the environmental humanities. My dissertation in progress engages the art and material cultures of US company towns, with a focus on dynamic contemporary works that animate ecologies of corporate power and recollect lively traditions of dissent.

My research and teaching interests include global environmental justice, new and historical materialisms, energy humanities, Latinx and borderlands studies, Appalachian and Southern literature, Indigenous literature, African American studies, Caribbean literature, climate-change narratives, the Anthropocene, migration narratives, multispecies art, nature writing, proletarian and working-class cultures, and autobiography.

My creative work in prose and photography takes inspiration from my personal and familial experiences in the former coal camps and steel towns of Western Pennsylvania, where close relatives now navigate the impacts of hydrofracking, as well as the former copper towns of the Sonoran borderlands.

My writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Georgia Review, Modern Fiction Studies, American Literature, Transatlantica, and elsewhere. I have been a maintenance assistant in an underground coal mine and a resident fellow at the Blue Mountain Center. I hold an MFA in creative writing from the University of Mississippi, where I was a John and Renee Grisham Fellow. Cli-Fi and Class, the essay anthology I am co-editing, is currently under contract with University of Virginia Press. My co-editor and I are now at work on another volume, Teaching Energy Humanities, for MLA’s Options for Teaching series. My work was recently awarded Princeton’s top graduate prize, the Jacobus Fellowship, given each year to one humanities student.