Jen Caruso earned a PhD in comparative literature with an emphasis on European modernism and critical theory.
She has taught at the University of Minnesota, Macalester College, and Concordia University. From 2007 to 2011, she taught at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where she was assistant professor of English and chair of cultural, media, and gender studies. Her recent research and teaching interests include aesthetics in the context of late capitalism and cultural production related to climate change.
Caruso has made recent conference presentations John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Jeff Nichols's Take Shelter, and Jane Campion’s television series, Top of the Lake.
She has an essay on alienated labor in the novels of William Gibson and in the anthology Alien Imaginations: Science Fiction and Tales of Transnationalism (Bloomsbury).