About

I am an interdisciplinary literary scholar specializing in postcolonial Caribbean, African Diasporic, and African American literatures. I am interested in the ways that writers of African descent use narrative aesthetics to represent memory and identity in the wake of the transatlantic slave trade and European imperialism. My dissertation, Inscrutable Islands: Narrative Difficulty and the Rhetoric of Creolization in Twentieth-Century Caribbean Novels, examines articulations of hybrid, creolized identity by writers from the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean. I argue that creolization not only describes a historical and cultural condition, but also a discursive and aesthetic framework that has developed in response to the somewhat ambivalent end of colonialism in the Caribbean.

I previously worked as a curriculum developer, integrating humanities into STEM education and Ph.D. career development training. I am now launching my career as a faculty member in African Diasporic and Global Anglophone literatures. In my spare time, I like to hike and camp, crochet, ride motorcycles, hang out with my dog, and volunteer with social justice organizations.

 

Education

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014

M.A., Foreign Languages and Literatures, Southern Illinois University, 2008

B.A., English, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2000

 

Other Publications

Subramanian, Shoba, Jessica Hutchins, & Natalie Lundsteen. “Bridging the Gap: Increasing Collaboration Between Research Mentors & Career Development Educators For Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Training Success.” Molecular Biology of the Cell, 33, 2, 2022. doi: 10.1091/mbc.e21-07-0350. PMCID: 35041468.

Heckler, E., J. A. Hutchins, M. Grisham, E. Luckman. (2021). Leadership and Management in Action Program (L-MAP). Creative Commons https://sites.wustl.edu/lmap/

Hutchins, J. A. (2020). Tailoring scientific communications for audience and research narrative. Current Protocols Essential Laboratory Techniques, 20, e40. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpet.40

Hutchins, J., & Nguyen, T. (July 7, 2019) Yes, you are a superhero. Inside Higher Ed. https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2019/07/07/how-achieve-career-success-through-imagining-stories-you-want-tell-about-yourself?

Hutchins, J. (2017). Teaching Science Communication Skills with Storytelling Techniques. iCollaborative, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), https://icollaborative.aamc.org/resource/4476/.

Hutchins, J. (October 9, 2017) 5 Quick tips for finding a nonacademic job. Inside Higher Ed. https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2017/10/09/brief-general-guidelines-securing-alt-ac-job-essay.

Hutchins, J. (Spring 2016) NPA workshop recap: communicating science to non-scientists. The POSTDOCket, 14(2): p 4. http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/page/postdocket_toc.

Hutchins, J. (2015). Aerospace Industry. SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society. Second edition. Eds. Graham A. Colditz & J. Geoffrey Golson. Los Angeles: SAGE.

Hutchins, J. (2015). Eritrea. SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society. Second edition. Eds. Graham A. Colditz & J. Geoffrey Golson. Los Angeles: SAGE.

Hutchins, J. (2015). Madagascar. SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society. Second edition. Eds. Graham A. Colditz & J. Geoffrey Golson. Los Angeles: SAGE.

Hutchins, J. (2015). Religion, Jewish Women and Cancer Risk. SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society. Second edition. Eds. Graham A. Colditz & J. Geoffrey Golson. Los Angeles: SAGE.

Hutchins, J. (2015). Siteman Cancer Center. SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society. Second edition. Eds. Graham A. Colditz & J. Geoffrey Golson. Los Angeles: SAGE.

Hutchins, J. (2014). Laundry. All Things Dickenson: An Encyclopedia of Emily Dickinson’s World. Ed. Wendy Martin. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Hutchins, J. (2012). “Ce(lle-)ci est à moi”: Self-Making through Women and Property in Le Père Goriot, La Bȇte humaine, Wuthering Heights,and La Migration des cœurs. Criminal Papers: Reading Crime in the French Nineteenth Century. Ed. Rosemary A. Peters. Newcastle Upon Tyne:  Cambridge Scholars.

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