Jodie Childers, Tulane University

Jodie Childers

Visiting Assistant Professor
Norman Mayer 214


MA English, Duquesne University
MLIS University of Pittsburgh
MFA Creative Writing, Brooklyn College
PhD, English (American Studies), University of Massachusetts Amherst


Jodie Childers is a writer and documentary filmmaker whose interests include transnational American studies, literary translation, multilingual archival research, left-wing cultural history, McCarthyism, and the Rust Belt. She produced the documentary film The Other Parade, which aired on RTÉ in Ireland, and directed and shot the feature-length film Down by the Riverside, which premiered at The Woodstock Film Festival and was an official selection for the Athens International Film & Video Festival, the Capital City Film Festival, and the Berkshire International Film Festival.

She has published her work in Comparative American Studies, Transatlantica, Resources for American Literary Studies, Poetry East, The Portland Review, Jacobin, U.S. Studies Online, Boulevard, Appalachian Reckoning, and The Hopkins Review, among others. She received the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the Himan Brown Award, Second Prize in the Ledge Fiction Contest, two Pushcart Prize nominations, and Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train Open Fiction Contest. She has also been a finalist for the Tennessee Williams Festival Fiction Contest, the Slippery Elm Poetry Contest, the William Richey Short Fiction Contest, and the International Rita Dove Poetry Award. In 2018, she was awarded the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Fellowship to pursue independent research and language study in Reykjavík, Iceland. She holds a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in American studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.