Jenna Vinson

Associate Professor of English, UMass Lowell


Welcome to my website! I am an Associate 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 book, Embodying the Problem: The Persuasive Power of the Teen Mother (Rutgers University Press, 2017)*, challenges the pathologizing discourses of teenage pregnancy and investigates the creative strategies some young mothering women use to resist negative representations of their lives. 

*Use discount code “02AAAA17” when ordering the book from Rutgers University Press to get a 30% discount! Vinson_book_flier