Jonathan Malesic

Essayist, Journalist, and Scholar

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Jonathan Malesic is an essayist, journalist, and scholar whose writing focuses on one of the most pressing issues on campuses today: burnout, or “the experience of exhaustion, cynicism, and ineffectiveness that results from stretching across the gap between the ideals of your vocation and the reality of your job.” Malesic writes from his own experience with burnout as well as his engagement with campuses through workshops he facilitates to address the problem and offer practical suggestions and solutions.

He has published dozens of articles in academic journals and general-interest publications including the New York TimesThe New RepublicThe AtlanticWashington PostAmerica, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His book, The End of Burnout: Why Work Drains Us and How to Build Better Lives, identifies the cultural and economic origins of burnout, finds alternatives to burnout culture, and analyzes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all aspects of teaching, learning, and administrative work. He holds a BA from the Catholic University of America and a PhD in religious studies from the University of Virginia.