PhD/MFA. teacher. alleged writer. literary + cultural studies scholar. sometimes: design + translation. 


Denise Grollmus is a writer, scholar, and teacher. She is full-time faculty in Communication Studies at South Seattle College.

She holds a PhD in English from the University of Washington (2019), an MFA in Creative Writing from Pennsylvania State University (2012), and a BA  in English/Contemporary Culture and Media from Oberlin College (2003).

She was a Fulbright scholar to Warsaw, Poland 2012-2013, the Communications Manager for the Simpson Center for the Humanities 2019-2020, and a fellow at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism’s Academy for Alternative Journalism 2004.

Her research interests include Twentieth and Twenty-first Century American Literatures and Cultures; Ethnic American Literatures and Cultures; Modern Jewish Literatures and Cultures; Medical Humanities; Secularism and Religion; Affect Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Queer Theory. 

Aside from her research and teaching (for which she has won awards from both PSU and UW), Denise's award-winning journalism and essays have appeared in Salon, New York Magazine, The Guardian, LA Review of Books, The Jewish Review of Books, The Rumpus, various Village Voice Media weeklies, and other publications. Her articles and essays have also been anthologized in The Best American Crime Writing, Rust Belt Chic, and Girl On Canvas.

She also volunteers with King County Equity Now (KCEN) and University Beyond Bars (UBB).