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Jennifer Maritza McCauley, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3372
Office: B1508.07


Jennifer Maritza McCauley teaches composition, literature and creative writing in the Literature program. Her courses include Composition I, Creative Writing, and Literature and Experience. Jennifer is a writer, teacher and editor. She received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and awards from Best of the Net, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Academy of American Poets and a Pushcart Prize Special Mention. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida International University and her Ph.D. in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Missouri. She is presently a fiction editor at the literary journal Pleiades and was formerly a contest editor and poetry editor at The Missouri Review. Her cross-genre collection SCAR ON/SCAR OFF (2017) was released on Stalking Horse Press.

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

• Creative writing
• Poetry, fiction, non-fiction
• Hybrid forms
• African-American literature
• 20th and 21st century American literature
• Afro-Latinx/Latin-American literature
• Latinx/Latin-American literature

Courses (Current Academic Year)

  • Creative Writing
  • Literature and Experience
  • Composition I

Research Projects

Jennifer is a multi-genre writer and considers hybrid forms, short stories, historical fiction, personal narratives and lyric essays a special creative home. Her creative and critical projects currently center on Black women during the American Reconstruction Era, Black Puerto Rican transnational exchanges, and the Afro-Puerto Rican experience in the United States.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Best of the Net
  • Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Academy of American Poets
  • Pushcart Prize Special Mention