Jelena Šesnić is an assistant professor in the Department of English, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia. She teaches courses in American literature and culture, with special emphasis on nineteenth-century and US ethnic literatures. She has been awarded several grants (Fulbright, European Association for American Studies, JF Kennedy Institute library grant), and has contributed to Croatian and English-language literary journals. In 2008 she participated in Dartmouth Institute “Futures of American Studies.” Her research interests focus on recent methodologies in American studies, feminist and gender theory, and psychoanalytic and postcolonial approaches. She is a co-founder of the Croatian Association for American Studies, and is on editorial board of two journals of literary criticism and theory.