Jenna Vinson

Assistant Professor of English, UMass Lowell

Invited Presentations and Workshops


“Defining Our Successes Means Defining Our Obstacles.” Keynote Presentation at Summit for Teen Empowerment and Parenting Success (STEPS). Northeastern University. Boston, MA. July 2015.

“Re-Producing Pathologies: The Problems with the Stories We Tell about Teen Moms in Pregnancy Prevention Campaigns.” Invited Presentation for Baruch College Public Affairs Faculty Research Seminar. New York, NY. April 2014.

“Youth-Centered Action Research: Fostering an Inclusive Civil Discourse.” Keynote Presentation at New Start Academic Conference with Londie Martin. Tucson, AZ. July 2011.

“Busting Myths about Teenage Pregnancy.” Special Presentation for Dr. Maureen Kelly’s Undergraduate Adolescent Development Course in Family Studies. Tucson, AZ. March 2011.

“Teen Moms in the Media: Gender, Race, and Class Stereotypes.” Special Presentation for Dr. Marissa Juarez’s New Start Freshman Composition Course. Tucson, AZ. June 2010.

Community Workshops

“‘Aren’t You Too Young to Be a Parent?’: Dealing with Confrontational Strangers and the Myths of Teenage Pregnancy.” Workshop for young parents. June 2016 at Simmons College. See the collaboratively written open letter drafted during this year’s workshop here:

“‘Aren’t You Too Young to Be a Parent?’ Dealing with Confrontational Strangers and the Myths of Teenage Pregnancy.” Co-facilitated with young parent ambassador Louisha Laguerre at Northeastern University. July 2015.

“How to Write the College Application Essay.” Writing workshop for Lowell High School students in the Gear Up Program, with Dr. Matthew Hurwitz. July 2014.

“How to Write a Resume.” Workshop at Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services. Tucson, AZ. January 2012.