Nielsen, Jason


PhD Student


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Jason Nielsen is generally interested in American literature, philosophy, and religious experience (Puritans to Enlightenment to Transcendentalism); the history of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory; and digital culture/history of the Internet. Currently he is attempting to think more about William James and his influence on or connections to psychology in the U.S. in the late 19th/early-20th century as well as theoretical intersections between James’s pragmatism and later forms of psychoanalytic writing.

He teaches at Queens College. Courses taught include: American Literature I, Introduction to American Studies (“America as an Idea”), Works of American Literature (for non-majors), Representations of the Holocaust in Literature and Film, and multiple versions of a freshmen composition course around the theme of technology and culture¬† (“The Digital Revolution,” “Technology and Freedom,” and “Thinking and Computers”).¬† Jason is in the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program and he is currently developing Hybrid versions of a “Works of American Literature” course.

He is currently co-chair of the English Student Association with Paul Hebert, as well as co-chair of the Twentieth Century Area Studies Group.¬† In 2013, he co-organized the English Student Association conference “Minding the Body: Dualism and Its Discontents.”