Jessie Male

  • Post Doc Fellow, Writing Institute

Jessie Male (she/her) is a nonfiction writer and teacher-scholar with specializations in Disability Studies and Memoir. She has an MFA in Memoir from Hunter College and an MA and PhD in English from Ohio State, where she completed her dissertation, Disability Memoir: A Study in Pedagogy and Practice. This work--the basis of her current book project-- explores the writing and teaching of Disability Memoir by merging personal narrative with literary, rhetorical, and pedagogical analysis.

Jessie's scholarly and interdisciplinary work appears in Palaver Journal, Constellations, and Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Writing, amongst many other print and online publications. As an educator, she's developed Disability Studies curriculum for face-to-face courses and online platforms, and she's been featured in Inside Higher Ed for her work in this area. 

In addition to her work in academia, Jessie is a vintage clothing seller, a rescue-dog mom, and donut connoisseur. She's a recent transplant from New York City, where she taught Disability Studies courses at NYU. More information about Jessie--including links to some of her work--can be found at