J Warburton

Assistant Professor and Writing Major Coordinator, Writing
School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Phone: 607-274-3543
Office: Smiddy Hall 405, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Poetry, Lit Theory, Fan Studies

Before coming to college teaching, Jaime  was a flute teacher, writing tutor, lexicographer, and underpaid barista. In 2006, she received the Thomas Lux Grant in recognition of excellence in both teaching and the written word, and in 2007, the year she joined the faculty at IC, she was nominated as one of the year's Best Emerging Poets. Jaime can sing along with any song from 1995. She also plays flute, acts, and enjoys taking ballet classes. She has been the production dramaturg for various musicals produced by WoW and can be seen on local stages in the summers. Her personally branded webpage can be found at jaimewarburton.weebly.com

Jaime has mentored Stillwater, our literary journal, coordinated the IC Writing Contest, and chaired the WomenSpeak conference; she has also sat on the Diversity Awareness Committee and the Women's and Gender Studies steering committee. Currently, Jaime is the faculty advisor to IC's spoken word group Spit That! and IC Pagan Community, and sat on the development committee for IC's new Signature Liberal Arts program. Jaime has been a Diversity and Inclusion workshop facilitator and works with the Center for Faulty Excellence on writing programs for faculty of color.

Her scholarly writing "Her/Me/Draco Malfoy: Tween Fangirl Communities and their Fictions" opens the section of Girl Wide Web 2.0: Revisiting Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity on Girls as Cultural Producers. Jaime's poetry has recently been featured in journals such as The North American Review, The Collagist, The Nervous Breakdown, decomP , Word RiotPrick of the Spindle, Gargoyle MagazineWomen Arts Quarterly, The Hoxie Gorge Review, Book of Matches, and The Southeast Review. Her short fiction has appeared in Storyscape and the journal of the Modern Language Society, and a chapbook of her poems, Note That They Cannot Live Happily, is available from Split Oak Press. She has been featured twice on the public radio show Out of Bounds. Jaime is also co-author of the textbook Business Communication for Professionals (Cognella Publishing). 

Her classes include Academic Writing I, which draws on themes of modern American lives as source material while emphasizing critical thinking; Argument; Writing the Personal Essay; Poetry Writing I; Poetry Writing II; Poetics; Women and Writing; and Introduction to Creative Writing. She also teaches five personally developed classes: the Ithaca Seminar Fantasy, Fandom, and Fans: Exceeding Our Own Lives; the Themes and Perspectives course Writing the Poetry of Social Justice; the Honors Seminar Plotting Marriages; the Honors mini-seminar The Philosophy of Im/Possibility: Magic vs. Technology, Reading for Writers, and Writing Center Pedagogy. During the summer, she teaches Writing the College Application Essay as part of IC's summer college for high school students.

From 2016 to 2022, Jaime directed the Ithaca Young Writers Institute, our two-week intensive creative writing workshop for high school aged writers; from 2016-2021, she was director of the Ithaca College Writing Center. She is the current Major Advising Coordinator for the Department of Writing and the Humanities and Sciences representative on the Faculty Handbook Amendment Committee. In spring 2023, she received CFRD from the Center for Faculty Excellence, during which she  worked on her autotheory manuscript How to Tell the Story.

Jaime chairs the Faculty Handbook Amendment Committee and directs the Writing Internship Program


  • M.F.A. Writing, Sarah Lawrence College
  • B.A. Writing, Ithaca College, summa cum laude
  •        Minors in Women's Studies and Honors

Professional Societies

  • Modern Language Association
  • Popular Culture Association
  • International Writing Centers Association
  • Children's Literature Association
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Some Conference Paper Presentations

  • En Pointe or Off-Base: Rebooting Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes (NeMLA, March 2012)
  • Seeing Coraline: How We Visualize a Heroine (From Pippi to Ripley, April 2011)
  • Gendering Robot Romances: From Artoo and Threepio to Wall-E and Eve (PCA/ACA National 2009)
  • Compulsory Heterosexuality, Compulsory Mediocrity: The Queerness of the Gifted Girl (ChLA International, 2008)
  • White Daughters, Native "Fathers": Indian Captivity Narratives in Children's Literature (ChLA International, 2007)
  • The Fandom of Christ: Searching for Belief in Christian- and Fan-Fiction (PCA/ACA National 2007)