Jennifer Desiderio, PhD Associate Professor

Jennifer Desiderio, PhD

Office: Tower 907
Phone: 888-2681

Office hours: M 12-3, R 1-2, and by appointment 

Dr. Jennifer Desiderio received her B.A. in English and History from Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and her Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Desiderio's major teaching area is early American literature. Her interests include the American novel, the profession of authorship in America, and more broadly, race and gender in American literature. Some of her favorite authors to read and teach are Charles Brockden Brown, Susannah Rowson, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Charles Chesnutt, Edith Wharton and more.

Her recent classes have included the American Renaissance, Captivity Narratives, and The Rise of the Early American Novel. She has team taught with Dr. Michael Forest (Philosophy), “The Literature and Philosophy of 19th Century America” (Fall 2013), and she looks forward to team teaching with Dr. Richard Bailey (History), “The Literature and History of the Civil War” (Fall 2014).

Her articles include “The Life Itself: Quaker Women’s Diaries and the Secular Impulse” (Early American Literature, 2014), “Cultivating Cultural Cohesion in Susanna Rowson’s Reuben and Rachel” (Studies in American Fiction, 2011), and “The Periodical as Monitorial and Interactive Space in Judith Sargent Murray’s ‘The Gleaner’” (American Periodicals, 2008). She served as the co-editor of a collection of essays on Susanna Rowson, entitled Beyond Charlotte Temple: New Approaches to Susanna Rowson (2011), in the journal Studies in American Fiction. She is also the co-editor of the Broadview edition of Hannah Webster Foster's novels, The Coquette and The Boarding School. She has written reviews for Early American Literature, American Studies, and Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. She has delivered papers on topics ranging from gossip in the eighteenth century to Charles Brockden Brown's sentimental novels.