Jake McGinnis

Teaching Scholar, English

Teaching Scholar, English
Decio Hall 233
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5639


Jake McGinnis is a postdoctoral fellow in English at the University of Notre Dame, where he works on American literature from the nineteenth century to the present. His research draws from the fields of ecocriticism, environmental history, Indigenous studies, and affect theory to examine the literary forms that shape contemporary creative nonfiction and environmental writing. His current book project, Disturbance Ecologies, examines antebellum American travel writing as a site of formal experimentation which anticipates more contemporary environmental writing and thinking. 

McGinnis’s work has appeared in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and CultureThe Concord SauntererThe Thoreau Society Bulletin, The Palgrave Handbook of Global Sustainability, and elsewhereFrom 2016 to 2020 he served as managing editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, the journal of the Association for the Study of the Literature and Environment. 

McGinnis earned his B.A. in Writing at Northland College and an M.A. in English from the University of Idaho. Before coming to Notre Dame he was a lecturer at the University of Idaho, where he taught courses in writing, rhetoric, and professional communication.