Dr. Jesse Ramírez

Scholar, Teacher, Utopian


Jesse holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale University and specializes in US cultural history, media, and literature.

Jesse was born and raised in East San José, California. His 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.

After moving to Bavaria in 2012, Jesse crossed the Weißwurstäquator (“white sausage border”) to lecture in the Institute of English and American Studies at Frankfurt University. In 2016, he became Assistant Professor (Assistenzprofessor) of American Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of St. Gall, Switzerland. He recently published a book about automation myths (Against Automation Mythologies) and is currently wrapping up another about apocalyptic science fiction (Un-American Dreams) and another about videogames and gender (Rules of the Father: Fatherhood, Masculinity, and the Ruins of Neoliberalism in The Last of Us).


Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of St. Gall, 2016 – present

Co-Coordinator, Technologies Concentration, University of St. Gall, 2017 – 2020

Lecturer, American Studies, Frankfurt University, 2013 -2015

Full CV here


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