Research/Areas of Interest:
Victorian Literature and Culture
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
PhD English, Princeton University, Princeton, United States, 2020
MA English, Princeton University, Princeton, United States, 2015
MA Teaching, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, United States, 2006
BA Art History, Wesleyan University, Middletown, United States, 1999
Jennifer's scholarship focuses on the intersection of gender and science in Victorian literature. Her dissertation, titled "The Second Science: Feminist Natural Inquiry in Nineteenth-Century British Literature," argues that women writers used the daily work of natural history—specimen collection, correspondence, and exchange—to challenge public discourse surrounding "The Woman Question." Digging into botanical, zoological, and literary archives, the project highlights the egalitarian exchange networks that informed scientific practice and the material and literary forms through which such practices developed, revealing the porousness of our entrenched paradigms of domesticity and scientific professionalism.
Jennifer has taught undergraduate writing at Princeton University and courses on writing, literary history, and feminism(s) at Queens College, City University of New York. She now lives and gardens in Somerville.