About Me

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

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. After I completed my Ph.D., I was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to gain methodological training in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. This training informs my interests in American and African-American literature and culture, critical pedagogy, critical race and gender 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 History and Technology (2016); MELUS: Multi-ethnic Literature in the US (2015) and in the collection of original essays, Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism (University of Iowa, 2012). Under my “research” tab, you may read the abstract of my book, Power Lines: Electricity in American Life and Letters, 1882-1952, which is forthcoming from MIT Press in 2017.

Since 2004, I have taught various courses on multi-ethnic American literature and culture, composition, critical race and gender studies, the history of medicine, and technology and culture in both university and prison settings. Starting in 2016, I initiated a prison education program at the Department of Corrections in Jacksonville, FL. Here I offer African American literature to incarcerated women who are nearing release and re-entry. Since Fall 2013, I have enjoyed teaching courses to excellent and largely non-traditional students as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida. Recent undergraduate courses have included surveys of early and late American literature, women writers, writing about climate change, grant writing, medicine and culture, and technology and culture. Recent graduate courses have included Education and American Identity, Contemporary Literary Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and a transnational literatures course on “magic and realisms.”