Jesse Ramirez holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale University and writes about popular culture.

Born and raised in East San José, California, Jesse’s first texts were his father’s tattoos or “placas”: east side, madre, tropicana varrio locos. Thanks to the support of family, friends, and mentors, he was the first person in his family to graduate from a four-year college.

Jesse is the author of Against Automation Mythologies: Business Science Fiction and the Ruse of the Robots (Routledge, 2020; review), Rules of the Father in The Last of Us: Masculinity among the Ruins of Neoliberalism (Palgrave, 2022), and Un-American Dreams: Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Disimagined Community, and Bad Hope in the American Century (Liverpool University Press, 2022).

Get in touch

You can reach Jesse at jesse [dot] ramirez [at] unisg [dot] ch. He tweets occasionally @jjesseramirez.

Other recent work

Roundtable discussion about The Last of Us on Game Studies Study Buddies

Work: The Labors of Language, Culture, and History in North America

“Keeping it Unreal: Rap, Racecraft, and MF Doom”

“Race and Robots”