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Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Regis College

I'm an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Regis College in Weston, MA and author of Not Your Mother’s Morals: How the New Sincerity is Changing Pop Culture for the Better. I earned my PhD in English from Northeastern University. My in-progress book manuscript is titled "Setting the Record Straight: Women Literary Journalists Writing Against the Mainstream." It is a re-consideration of the history of literary journalism with a focus on role that women writers played in its nineteenth century origins, and the way emerging media have and continue to shape the genre's history. My research fields include the history of literary journalism, media studies, nineteenth century American literature and culture, American Christianity, and digital humanities.

My writing has appeared in publications such as The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and others. Links are available on my website:


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Humanities, Regis College


  • 2018 
    Northeastern University, PhD, English


  • 2022
    "Going the Rounds: Virality in Nineteenth Century American Newspapers", University of Minnesota Press
  • 2017
    “Nineteenth Century Women Writers & the Sentimental Roots of Literary Journalism”, Literary Journalism Studies
  • 2012
    "Not Your Mother's Morals: How the New Sincerity is Changing Pop Culture for the Better", Rosetta Books
  • 2011
    "This Protestant World", Wise Blood: A Reconsideration (Rodopi Press)
  • 2009
    “New Kenyan Writers: The Narratives of Binyavanga Wainaina and Yvonne Owuor”, Journal of African Literature