(Sociology, March 2007)
Thesis Title: From Captains Courageous to Captain Underpants: Children's Books as a Cultural Field in the Twentieth Century
Committee: Jason Kaufman (chair), Martin K. Whyte, Maria Tatar (Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures)
Initial Placement: Digital Producer, Minnesota Public Radio, and Writer (fiction and freelance journalism)
I'm a writer and editor living in Minneapolis. My day job is as a digital producer at Minnesota Public Radio's The Current, where among other projects I host/write our Rock and Roll Book Club feature and co-host our Music News podcast. I'm also a co-founder of The Tangential. I'm the theater critic at City Pages, and I have contributed to numerous other publications. Books I've written, co-written, or co-edited include Sexts from the Sea (2016), Bright Lights, Twin Cities (2014), Future Cities (2013), Sociology for Dummies (2010), and Reconstructing the University (2006). I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Snapchat — where you can probably figure out how to find me. Gmail: jaygabler. (Photo at right: Nate Ryan/MPR.