Jessi Brewer

Jessi BrewerM.A. in English, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR, 2016
B.A. in English, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR, 2012

Primary Advisor

John Plotz

Research Interests

Victorian Literature and Empire, Medical Literature, Carceral Studies, Public Humanities


Democracy in Danger Grant from the Mandel Center for the Humanities 2024

Mandel Center for the Humanities Graduate Dissertation Innovation Grant for Reimagining Narratives for Social Change: A Study of Victorian Literature and Incarceration, 2023


"Abolitionist Imaginations: Reimagining Stories of Justice-Impacted Women" Community Engagement Conference, Brandeis University, April 2024.

"Imagining Abolition: Carceral Logics and the Literary Imagination in Dickens's Great Expectations". Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 2024.

“Mapping Bodies and Medical Discourse in Martin R. Delany’s Blake in the Huts of America.” Northeastern Modern Language Association. Baltimore, Maryland, March 2022.

“Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice in America.” Brandeis Provost Teaching Innovation Grant: Sessions on Racial Justice. Brandeis University, Spring 2022.

Favorite Work

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, LOTR by Tolkien, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte