Ertegun Staff and Scholar Profiles

Jason Bell

MSt English and American Studies | 2014 Graduate

In 2013, I graduated from Columbia University with a BA in English and Comparative Literature. During my time at Columbia, I was the Editor-in-Chief of The Columbia Review and a restaurant critic for the Columbia Daily Spectator. I also ran several marathons.

In 2014, I graduated from Oxford with an MSt in English and American Studies, with distinction. My thesis was titled "On the Verge of the Concave World: Antebellum Antarctica and the Early Midwest." As an Ertegun Scholar, I organized a film series at Ertegun House called "Boundary Film" with my fellow Scholar Junting Huang. I also convened an international conference, "Alt-American: Implausible History, Geography, Science, and Literature of Nineteenth-Century America." [Link:

Fall 2014, I will begin my PhD in English Language and Literature at Yale University. My research interests include 18th and 19th century American literature, frontier culture and politics, visionary, outsider, and folk art, the history of philosophy and science, literary geography, ecocriticism, and global literatures. 

My non-academic writing has recently appeared in Guernica, Vice, Full Stop, The Brooklyn Quarterly, and Alimentum.