Jessica Baldanzi

Associate Professor of English

Jessica Baldanzi


  • BA, Northwestern University, 1992
  • MA, Indiana University Bloomington, 1997
  • PHD, Indiana University Bloomington, 2003

Read interview with Jessica Baldanzi

My current research interests are the graphic novel and gender studies.

My bi-weekly comics blog has moved from Goshen Commons to to the Elkhart Truth: You can find my archived posts at Goshen Commons:

I’m working with Hussein Rashid, a comics scholar at Hofstra University, to co-edit a collection of scholarly essays about the new Ms. Marvel.

I’m working with recent GC graduate Mary Roth to co-edit a special Graphic Novel issue of the Journal for the Center of Mennonite Writing.

I’m always working on creative pieces of my own, mostly fiction and creative nonfiction.

I also love working with my writing students to take the next step in the creative writing process and send out their work for publication.

110 Academic Voice

330 Writing Fiction

SPRING 2015:

303 American Literature II

230 Literature and Popular Culture: The Graphic Novel

MAY 2015:

204 Expository Writing

Historic Courses:

110 Literature and Writing: “Truth, Fiction, and Storytelling,” “Medical Myths”
201  Postcolonial Literature
204  Expository Writing
230, The Graphic Novel
MCLL 300, International Classics
303  American Literature Survey
307/WOST 325, Writing the Body
309 American Literature II
330 Writing Fiction
336 Writing Memoir
COMM 385, WOST 325, Gender and Popular Culture

Broken and Blessed: The Writing of Heidi Siemens-Rhodes. Co-editor with Bethany Swope. Pinchpenny Press, June 2015.

“Thoughts on Letting Go.” Essay in Three Minus One, book project accompanying the film Return to Zero. Eds. Brooke Warner and Sean Hanish. She Writes Press. April 2014.

Review of Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels for Mennonite Quarterly Review, forthcoming.

Review of Demanding Respect: The Evolution of the American Comic Book.. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 12:1 (January 2011).

“Jean Toomer.” Entry in Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Continuing Maple Scholars project begun summer 2010, “Stories of Traumatic Brith, Grief, and Hope,” interview project with student Chelsea Kauffman.

Review of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. Center for Mennonite Writing Journal 1:5 (September 2009).

“Bloodlust for the Common Man: The Sopranos Confronts Its Volatile American Audience.” Reading the Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO. Ed. David Lavery. Reading Contemporary Television Series. London: I.B. Tauris, 2006.

“Stillborns, Orphans, and Self-Proclaimed Virgins: Packaging and Policing the Rural Women of Cane.” Genders 42 (Fall 2005): 17 pp.

“What Remains: (De)composing and (Re)covering American Identity in As I Lay Dying and the Georgia Crematory Scandal.” Co-written with Kyle Schlabach. Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 36.1 (Spring 2003): 38-55.

Goshen College

  • Mininger grant summer 2015 for Indiana University Writers’ Conference (with Lynda Barry and Dan Chaon)
  • Mininger grant summer 2014 for online Fiction Writing class at the New School, New York City
  • Mininger grant summer 2011 for Fiction Writing workshop at Drew University, Madison, NJ
  • Maple Scholars, Summer 2010, Interview project, “Stories of Traumatic Birth, Grief, and Hope”
  • Mininger Conference Grant, March 2009, Iowa Summers Writers’ Conference
  • Mininger Conference Grant, March 2008, Indiana University Writers’ Conference

Indiana University, Bloomington

  • Departmental Teaching Fellow, Fall 2002–Spring 2004
  • President’s Summer Undergraduate Research Initiative Grant, Summer 2003
  • Dissertation-Year Fellowship, Indiana University English Department, Fall 2001Spring 2002
  • TERA Award for Outstanding Teaching, Spring 2000

Northwestern University

  • Honors Thesis in Women’s Studies, Spring 1992
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 1992
  • Writing Advisory Board
  • Mininger Review Team (ad-hoc)
  • Standards Response Team
  • Maple Scholars committee
  • Adviser for new book collection of projects from Graphic Novel class
  • Adviser for Red Cents
  • Adviser for Broadside
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Study day committee
  • MLK, Jr., Day Coffeehouse, coordinator
  • Adviser for Is the Word poetry slam
  • Academic advising
  • Evaluator of scholarship applications for Celebrate Scholars weekend
  • Gen. Ed. review and curriculum development, continuing
  • Youth Mentor, Assembly Mennonite Church
  • Worship Leader, Assembly Mennonite Church, Fall 2014
  • Visit to Campus Center for Young Children class, Spring 2013 and 2014
  • Conversational Spanish class, Spring 2012
  • Help-a-House, Summer 2011
  • Globe Fund Drive, yearly
  • Disc Jockey, “Could Lead to Dancing,” WGCS-FM, The Globe, 2007-2012
  • Disc Jockey (DJ NoCoast), “Crop Circles,”, Fall 2008-Spring 2010
  • Actor and bassist, “Action Comedy,” New World Arts, Spring 2007

“Shape-Shifting to Fit the Body Politic: Ms. Marvel’s Complex Battle for Justice, Assimilation, and Survival.” University of Florida Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. Gainesville, Florida, April 2015.

Three Minus One book release. Better World Books, Goshen IN, June 2014.

Sermon, “Living with the Lost: Story as Resurrection.” Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen IN, May 2014.

Goshen Graphix II book release. Better World Books, Goshen IN, April 2014.

“Chris Ware’s Building Stories: Revisiting and Revising Modernism in the Midwest.” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. University of Louisville, Louisville KY, February 2014.

Presentation on Goshen College at What English Professors Do All Day. Notre Dame Graduate English Department, South Bend IN, November 2013.

“Representing Reproduction in Aya of Yop City.” Midwestern Conference on Language, Literature, and Media. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL, March 2013.

Excerpt from “Spring and Fall.” Art in the Barn, Goshen IN, October 2011

“The Changing Student ‘Self’ at a Religious Liberal Arts College: Assessing and Adjusting the First-Year Writing Curriculum to Address Major Changes in the Student Body.” Panel Presentation, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Bloomington IN, October 2009

“Freaks, Geeks, and Paupers: Biologizing Class in a Democratic Utopia,” University of Louisville Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, February 2007

The Bluest Eye: Story over Stereotype,” Women’s Studies Week Lecture, Goshen College, February 2007

“Eugenics and Popular Culture,” Invited Class Presentation, History of Eugenics Graduate Seminar, Indiana U—Purdue U, Indianapolis, November 2006

“What Remains? Composing and Decomposing National History with the Georgia Mortuary Scandal” (joint presentation with Kyle Schlabach, Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Minneapolis, MN, November 2002

“Whose New Race? Sanger, Toomer, and 1920s Narratives of American Eugenics, ” Society for Literature and Science Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, October 2000

“Engineering Subversion: Our Geek American Heritage,” University of Louisville Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, February 2000

“Reproducing a Feminist Nation from 1915 to the Edge of the Millennium,” University of Louisville Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, February 1999

“Mothering Subversion: Pop Culture Moms ‘Nurture’ Resistance to Institutionalized Reproduction,” Society for Literature and Science Annual Convention, Gainesville, FL, November 1998

“Protecting Our Mothers, Defining Ourselves,” University of Louisville Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, February 1998

Modern Language Association

Midwest Modern Language Association

Science and Literature Society

Popular Culture Association