Jennifer earned a B.A. from Cornell University in English literature and Russian language, an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in Comparative Literature, and a Ph.D. from Emory University in American literature. A 19th-century Americanist with a sub-specialty in African-American literature, she has taught classes in American literature, African-American literature, writing, and English as a Second Language on three different continents. In the United States she has had the privilege of working with students at the University of California at Berkeley, Brenau University, Bradford College, Emory University, and Mount Holyoke College. Her dissertation, “Swarthy Pirates and White Slaves,” reveals the importance of white American slavery in North Africa on the literature of 19th-century America.
While raising two small children
and pregnant with her third,
turned her attention to writing. She has published in Ms.
Pulse Magazine, Parenting,
and dozens of other national magazines. In addition, she is a
contributor to two local niche publications—Healthy Life and Valley
Kids—and she writes a weekly column, "Tales
the Crib," for the Ashland
Daily Tidings. In addition to publishing journalistic
articles, creative non-fiction, scholarly writing, and book reviews,
has co-edited (with Karen Poremski) one other book: a classroom edition
of Susanna Haswell Rowson’s 1794 play, Slaves
in Algiers; or a Struggle for Freedom (Copley Publishers,
Her son Etani was born in a little red farm house in western
Massachusetts but she and her family now live in Ashland, Oregon.
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