Visiting Instructor, English
Late 18th Century British Literature, 19th Century British Literature, Romanticism in Literature and Music, Gender Studies, British Cultural Studies, Aesthetics, Nationalism and Empire.

A native of New Mexico, Jennifer’s literary studies have carried her gradually north to the twin cities. She completed her BA in English (with a secondary focus in music performance) in 2001, at the University of New Mexico. From there she traveled to Boulder, Colorado for a Master of Arts in English at the University of Colorado, which she completed in 2008. She is currently in the final year of her PhD dissertation work at the University of Minnesota. Her primary area of interest is the late 18th to 19th century, and spans from literature to music and culture, particularly to do with gender norms. While British Literature is her primary focus, she is also engaged in study of Romanticism as a global phenomenon, and trans-atlantic 19th century movements.

Jennifer has taught courses spanning various areas of literature and culture, from Romanticism to both surveys of British Literature, as well as Shakespeare and a service-learning course in Literature and Public Life. She has conducted research in various parts of the United States and the United Kingdom, in archives focused on Clara Schumann, Jane Austen, and the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Her current project is about the 19th century English aversion to diva worship, and the way that the figure of the diva is undermined and circumvented in various representations and depictions of women in music throughout the century.

Areas of Study

Late 18th Century British Literature

19th Century British Literature

Romanticism in Literature and Music

Gender Studies

British Cultural Studies


Nationalism and Empire

2014-2015 Courses

  •             British Romanticism (394-01) Fall 2014
  •             Shakespeare (115-01) Spring 2015

Selected Papers

“Probing Gendered Musical Customs: Clara Schumann, Trilby, and Hidden Musical Connections Between Men” for North American Victorian Studies Association, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Music, Space, and Gender Politics in Austen’s Novels and Moore’s Irish Melodies” for British Women Writers Conference at Boulder, Colorado

“Walls of Smoke: Gender, Exchange, and Tobacco in the Sensation Decade” for Nineteenth Century Studies Association conference at University of New Mexico

“Romantic improvisation in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Byron’s Don Juan” for interdisciplinary projects conference at Northern Arizona University.

“Blues Aesthetics in Richard Wright’s 'Long Black Song'” - for Conference on Race in the Humanities at University of Chicago.


“Walls of Smoke: Gender, Boundaries, and Smoking in the Sensation Decade”—(Nineteenth Century Gender Studies, published Spring 2013)

“Musical Formlessness and Masculinity Refined in Percy Shelley’s Later Lyrics” (under consideration at Keats Shelley Journal)

BA 2001, University of New Mexico

MA 2008, University of Colorado, Boulder