Jessica Garska is a 2nd-year college studentship-funded Ph.D. student in the Centre for Language and Communication Studies. Originally from the United States, she has had an international career as an English language teacher before successfully completing with a Distinction Grade the Masters in English Language Teaching at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interrogates the notion of academic literacies and examines the intersection of power, identity and culture in the academic setting. Currently acting as tutor on Trinity's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program, she has also co-founded an Irish professional organization, EAP in Ireland.
Her current research project investigates curricula, assessment measures and long term academic outcomes for international students in Irish tertiary education. This project is underpinned by complex systems theory and takes a design-based research approach while incorporating academic literacies, Global Englishes and post-structuralism to create an informed EAP curricula and assessment for the Irish context.