Jason’s research and teaching span all periods of American literature, with a focus on twentieth and twenty-first century narratives about fossil energy extraction. His interests include the modern metropolis, immigrant and ethnic literatures, proletarian fiction, disaster and environmental writing, critical race theory, and the relationship between affect, toxicity, and literary form.
Prior to joining the department in 2016, Jason earned an MFA from the University of Mississippi, where he was a Grisham Fellow, and a BA in English from the University of Florida, where he was a National Merit Scholar. He also served with AmeriCorps as a Latinx and Native American outreach coordinator at the Brain Injury Association of Utah.
As a creative writer working in fiction and nonfiction, Jason takes inspiration from his family’s experiences in the coal camps and steel towns of northern Appalachia, including his own previous career as a fourth-generation underground coal miner. His most recent work deals with extreme energy extraction, particularly the cultural, environmental, and public health implications of hydrofracturing (fracking).
For more on Jason’s research, writing, and photography, or to view his CV, please visit jasonmolesky.com