Professor Jaime Warburton

Jaime Warburton

Assistant Professor, Writing
Phone: 607-274-3543
Office: Smiddy Hall 405, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: 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,with local choral grous. She also plays flute, acts, and enjoys taking ballet classes.

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 sits on the development committee for IC's new Signature Liberal Arts program. Jaime is 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, 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.

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; 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/Possiblity: 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.

As of 2016, Jaime is director of 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


  • 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)