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Jamie Fine

Jamie Fine

Jamie Fine

Modern Thought and Literature

Jamie is a Ph.D. student in Modern Thought & Literature, specializing in contemporary young adult literature and law. She holds a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, and a B.A. from Wellesley College. Specifically, her research investigates how law — a subject matter routinely untaught in schools — is transposed to adolescent readers via contemporary young adult literature and graphic narratives. She examines closely first which laws are presented (and which are omitted), and second, how these laws, as well as the legal structures and actors in them, are represented to this emerging new adult audience as a reflection of how, third, adolescents are legally policed within the American body politic, despite their well-established lack of legal education, life experience, or cognitive development. Her research also touches on the ethics of care in relation to what legal information is disseminated to adolescents, how the legal system responds to adolescent crime, and the potential sharing of such knowledge between adults and adolescents as a potential form of bystander/upstanderism.