Jeremy Lowenthal is an English Ph.D. candidate and GEL program assistant and instructor at the University of Iowa. His GEL course “Literature in the Aftermath of Catastrophe,” which offers students credit towards the UIowa Resilience and Trauma-Informed Perspectives Certificate, explores the role that literature can play in the transmission of historical catastrophes to present-day audiences still reckoning with their aftermaths. Building from his work in the classroom, his research focuses more specifically on the manner in which twentieth-century poets from Langston Hughes to Sylvia Plath sought to (re)engage collective traumas through the unique allowances of inter- and transmedial poetic forms.
Jeremy earned his M.A. in the humanities from the University of Chicago in 2015, following the completion of his undergraduate at the University of California, Davis in 2013. Before joining UIowa in 2017, he worked as an adjunct instructor at Harold Washington College in Chicago, where he taught introductory courses in literary studies and composition.