Jordan Greenwald

B.A. in French Studies and Comparative Literature

University of Pennsylvania

PhD in Comparative Literature (expected May 2019)

University of California, Berkeley 

Hailing from a small town outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jordan moved to the Bay Area in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before graduate school, he worked in New York City as an immigration paralegal. As an undergraduate at Penn, Jordan completed his BA in French Studies and Comparative Literature. As both an undergraduate and graduate student, he has spent about a year's time living and studying in France, including Paris, Tours, and Avignon. His passion for French and francophone literature and culture continues as he completes a PhD on the literature of France and the United States. At Cal, he has taught courses in college-level French as well as courses on nature poetry, race and American horror, and "the real housewives of comparative literature"--including, of course, Madame Bovary.

Jordan's academic and intellectual interests include literature of the long nineteenth century, European and American Romanticism, queer studies, ecocriticism, and lyric poetry. He is in the final stages of writing a dissertation about the relationship between hopelessness and the representation of nature in French and American Romanticism. In his spare time, he likes to hike, play roleplaying games, read, go to the theatre, and, naturally, travel to francophone regions of the globe.