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Miriam Jaffe

Director, Doctorate in Social Work Writing Program

PhD in English, Rutgers University, 2008 MA in English, Rutgers University, 2003 BA with Highest Distinction in English, Rutgers University, 2000

Dr. Jaffe's areas of practice include working as a teacher of writing, critical thinking, and cultural theory.


Miriam Jaffe is Director of the Writing Program for the DSW at Rutgers University. She previously was Assistant Director of the Writing Program at Rutgers University, and ran the Plangere Writing Center, serving struggling populations of readers and writers at the undergraduate and graduate level through course design and evaluation. She holds a PhD in 20th Century American Literature based in Cultural Theory and Ethnic Studies and a dual certification in Composition. She focuses on issues of life-writing and autoethnography in literature, and her composition pedagogy concentrates on issues of close-reading, connective thinking, and analysis that makes use of textual evidence and various theoretical frameworks. In 2008, Rutgers recognized her with the Outstanding Teacher Award. Her publications and conference activities reveal that she is a world-renown scholar in Philip Roth Studies. She is currently working on a book, Clinical Humanity: The Case of Illness in 20th Century American Literature, that explores the narrativization of illness from an ethnographic lens.

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