Jane Greenway Carr is an ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Public Fellow at New America, a think tank and civic enterprise based in Washington, DC, New York City, and California which has "journalism in its DNA." She is a Contributing Editor and Fellow in the Breadwinning and Caregiving Program. She has edited New America's weekly e-magazine and launched Context, New America's publication channel on Medium, "where new voices come together to advance big ideas."
Jane is currently at work on a manuscript about how marginalized communities in the U.S. during the Progressive Era and beyond combined editorial work, collecting practices, and geographical mobility to harness literary culture to develop new approaches to activism. She is also completing a collection of essays. Her scholarly work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Quarterly, American Periodicals, and Discourse, among others.
She is also a cultural critic whose articles and criticism have appeared in the Atlantic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Vox, The Week, TIME, Pacific Standard, Slate, and other publications. In 2013, she co-founded The Brooklyn Quarterly, a digital magazine of literature and public ideas which has published issues on social entrepreneurship, cultures of translation and cities and urban space, among others, and has featured the work of writers, artists, and others for whom civic engagement and cultural expression are linked.
She has an AB in English, creative writing, and the study of women and gender from Princeton University. She also has MFA and MA degrees from Columbia University and the University of Virginia, respectively, and a PhD in English from New York University. From 2009 to 2012 she was a program associate for a collaboration between New York University and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and was a convener for the Colloquium in American Literature and Culture and the Workshop in Archival Practice (which she founded). She has taught a wide range of courses in American literature and culture and African American literary history and was the academic coordinator for NYU's Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative Program in 2013 and 2014.
She was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and currently resides in Washington, DC.