About Me

Posted in Personal Information on November 9th, 2009 by Jenni – Comments Off

I completed my Ph.D. in English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May 2011, and I hold a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida. My interests include American literature and culture, critical pedagogy, gender and women’s studies, the history of technology, and science and technology studies. An interdisciplinary scholar, I have held research fellowships at the Bakken Library and Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. My recent work  can be found in the Mark Twain Annual (2010) and in the collection of original essays, Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism (University of Iowa, 2012). Since 2004, I have taught various courses on composition, gender and women’s studies, and American literature and culture in both university and prison settings. Most recently, I taught African American literature in Auburn Prison through the Cornell Prison Education Program and Historical Perspectives on Body, Mind, and Health at Cornell University. Since Fall 2013, I have enjoyed teaching courses on American literature and culture as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida. Recent undergraduate courses have included surveys of early and late American literature, Writing About Monsters, Magic and Realism, and American Fiction. Recent graduate courses have included Education and American Identity and Contemporary Literary Criticism and Interpretive Theory.