Jenna Vinson

Assistant Professor of English, UMass Lowell

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Welcome to my website! I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell where I teach courses in the Journalism and Professional Writing concentration. I also serve as a Research Associate at the Center for Women & Work.

The goal of my scholarship is to initiate critical dialogue about issues of social justice. As a rhetorician and advocate of feminism, I seek to intervene in representations of women that (re)construct ideologies of domination (e.g., sexism, racism, ageism, etc.). I also enjoy learning from the rhetorical tactics women use to resist oppression.

My upcoming book, Embodying the Problem: The Persuasive Power of the Teen Mother (Rutgers University Press, 2017), explores the pathologizing discourses of teenage pregnancy and investigates the creative strategies some young mothering women use to resist negative representations of their lives.