Jean Lee Cole wearing a black shirt and necklace

Jean Lee Cole

Developmental editor 

Dr. Jean Lee Cole is a developmental editor at Ideas on Fire where she helps interdisciplinary authors craft scholarship that makes an impact within and beyond the academy.

A former academic book designer, Jean is the scholarly editor for American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography. Passionate about public scholarship and teaching, Jean is the former director of community engaged learning and scholarship at Loyola University Maryland and creator of several public digital projects about urban forests and Baltimore bookstores.

Her books include How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in American Literature, 1895–1920 (University Press of Mississippi, 2020) and The Literary Voices of Winnifred Eaton: Redefining Ethnicity and Authenticity (Rutgers University Press, 2002), as well as four edited anthologies.

Jean is a professor of English at Loyola University Maryland. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in English from Carleton College.