Dr. Susan Jacobowitz - English

Susan Jacobowitz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of English                                      

Office: (718) 281-5021  


Queensborough Community College. The City University of New York                                                      

222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364-1497                       


Ph.D, English and American Literature, Brandeis University;
MFA, English and Creative Writing, Mills College,
MA History, Arizona State University;
BA Liberal Arts/Humanities, Arizona State University.

Courses I Teach:
English 102: Introduction to Literature; English 445: World Literature II: Masterpieces from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries; English 446: Contemporary Literature in English; English 815: Holocaust and Second Generation Literature
Teaching Philosophy:
I believe that education is an essential part of finding out who we are and figuring out how to be in the world. It changes lives and opens doors. I am a strong proponent of higher education!

Research Interests:
Second generation literature, Jewish & immigrant literature, the Jewish graphic novel, Australian Jewish literature, post-war Jewish writing in Europe


Book Chapters, Essay Collections

“Holocaust Education Revisited: Incorporating Campus-Based Cultural Resources into the Humanities Curriculum,” Near but Far: Holocaust Education Revisited, Ludwig Maximilian University, forthcoming spring 2019.

“Teaching the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict in the Community College Classroom,” in Rachel Harris (ed.), Teaching the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, Wayne State Press, forthcoming 2019.

“Social Justice Approaches to Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Violence Education,” in Amy E. Traver and Dan Leshem (eds.), Humanistic Pedagogy Across the Disciplines: Approaches to Mass Atrocity Education in the Community College Context, Palgrave Macmillan, October 2018.

“In the Beginning: Art Spiegelman’s ‘Prisoner on the Hell Planet,’” in Derek Parker Royal (ed.), Coloring America, Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming 2019.

“Chosen No More: The New Literature of Leaving,” in Yossi Goldstein (ed.), Religion and Nationalism: The Struggle for Modern Jewish Identity, Series in Contemporary Judaism.  Ariel University Center, 2014.

“‘Hardly There Even When She Wasn’t Lost’: Orthodox Daughters and the ‘Mind-Body’ Problem in Contemporary Jewish American Fiction,” in Derek Parker Royal (ed.), Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Narratives.  Purdue University Press, December 2011.

“Jewish Writers in Australia,” in Amit Sarwal and Reema Sarwal (eds.), Reading Down Under: Australian Literary Studies Reader.  New Delhi: SSS Publications, 2009.  First published in Nicholas Birns and Rebecca McNeer (eds.), Companion to Australian Literature after 1900.  Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press, Camden House, November 2007.

“Chuck E. Cheese at Noon: Adventures in Parenting and Academe,” in R. Hile Bassett (ed.), Parenting and Professing:  Balancing Family Work With an Academic Career.  Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, June 2005.

“‘Hardly There Even When She Wasn’t Lost’: Orthodox Daughters and the ‘Mind-Body’ Problem in Contemporary Jewish American Fiction,” Behlau, Ulrike and Bernard Reitz (eds.), Jewish Women’s Writings of the 1990s and Beyond in Great Britain and the United States.  Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2003.

“Words and Pictures Together: An Interview with Art Spiegelman,” in Joseph Witek (ed.), Art Spiegelman: Conversations.  Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007.  First published in Writing on the Edge, Volume 6, Number 1, Fall 1994/Winter 1995.


“‘Reffos, Wogs and Dagoes:’  The Immigration Experience in Post-World War II Australia,” in Ilha Do Desterro: A Journal of English Language, Literature, in English and Cultural Studies, Revista de Lingua Inglesa, Literaturas em Ingles E Estudos Culturais, Santa Catarina, Brazil, v. 69, n. 2 (2016), pp. 77-84.

“The Conflicts and Challenges of Judaism in Texts by Second Generation Authors,” in Daniel Walden and Evelyn Avery (eds.), Studies in American Jewish Literature, “Towards Tradition: Contemporary American Jewish Authors and Their Response to Judaism,” Volume 25, 2006.

“The Holocaust Daughter:  The Poetry and Fiction of Lily Brett,” Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, Melbourne, Australia, 2006.


Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.