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Jennifer Forsberg

Jennifer Forsberg

Senior Lecturer

Department of English
Office: 502 Strode

Ph.D. English, University of Nevada Reno; M.A. English, Arizona State University; B.A.E. Secondary Education and English, Arizona State University


American Literature, Literature of the 20 & 21st Centuries, WAC/WID Graduate Seminar

Research Interests
20th/21st Century American Lit & Culture, Gender, Performativity, Working-Class Studies

Jennifer H. Forsberg earned her PhD in American literature from the University of Nevada, Reno (2016). Her research covers a variety of topics pertaining to the triangulation of gender, class, and American identity, including an examination of the entrepreneurial hobo narrative in 20th century American literature and the strategic representation of a classed millennial femininity on 21st century television. Forsberg has published her work in Persona Studies (2015), the Journal of Popular Culture (2017), the Journal of Working-Class Studies (2017), and The Routledge International Handbook of Working-Class Studies (2020). Her current project theorizes an aesthetics of poverty in literature, popular culture, and visual art. In addition to her teaching and research, Forsberg participates in regional initiatives that address food insecurity, affordable housing, and accessible, safe transportation.


Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

2020: “Marketing Millennial Women: Embodied Class Performativity on American Television.” The Routledge International Handbook of Working-Class Studies. 392-402.

2017: Vol. 50, No. 6 (December): “’A Jack-of-All-Trades’: Jack Kerouac’s Fashionable Practice of Working-Class Drag.” The Journal of Popular Culture, Special Issue: Global Fashion: Media, Consumption, and Technology. 1213-1229.

2017: Vol. 2, No. 1 (June): “The Cross-Country/Cross-Class Drives of Don Draper/Dick Whitman: Examining Mad Men’s Hobo Narrative,” The Journal of Working-Class Studies. 57-74.

2015: Vol.1, No. 2 (October): "Working Through Hunter S. Thompson’s Strange and Terrible Saga,” Persona Studies Journal, Special Issue: Work(ing) Personas. 88-98.

Reviews & Interviews

2021: (December): The Routledge International Handbook of Working-Class Studies, co-authored review for The Journal of Working-Class Studies.

2020: Vol. 39 No. 1 (June): Anthony Dawahare's Tillie Olsen and the Dialectical Philosophy of Proletarian Literature (Lexington Books, 2018). Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.

2015: Vol. 5 No. 3 (Winter): John Lennon’s Boxcar Politics: The Hobo in U.S. Culture and Literature, 1896-1956 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014). Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies.

2013: Vol. 46, No. 1 (February): Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930? (Brundage, 2011). Journal of Popular Culture.

2012: Vol. 45, No. 3 (June): Performing American Masculinities: The 21st-Century Man in Popular Culture (Shaw & Watson, 2011). Journal of Popular Culture.

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