Jenna Vinson

Associate Professor of English, UMass Lowell



Vinson, Jenna. Embodying the Problem: The Persuasive Power of the Teen MotherRutgers UP, 2017.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Vinson, Jenna. “Helping Everyday Rhetors Challenge Reproductive Injustice(s) in Public.” Rhetorics of Reproductive Justice in Public and Civic Contexts. Edited by Maria Novotny, Lori Beth De Hertogh, and Erin Frost. Spec. Issue of Reflections, vol. 20, no. 2., 2020, pp. 151-175.

See my template for “Translating Research into Combebacks,” referenced in my Reflections article above:

Vinson, Jenna and Clare Daniel. “‘Power to Decide’ Who Should Get Pregnant: Neoliberal Visions of Reproductive Justice,” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, vol 8, no. 2, 2020,

Vinson, Jenna and Urmitapa Dutta. “Participatory Curation: Who Has the Power to Exhibit in a Collaborative Community-Based Project?” Curation. Special Issue of Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, vol. 4, no. 1, 2020,  

Vinson, Jenna, and Sally Stevens. “Preventing Pregnancy OR Supporting Students? Learning from the Stories of Young Mothers.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy, vol. 11, no. 4, 2014, pp. 322-36. 

Stevens, Sally, Elisabeth Morgan-Thompson, Jenna Vinson, Alison Greene, Claudia Powell, Adela Licona, and Stephen Russell. “Informing Sexuality Education through Youth-Generated Anonymous Questions.” Sex Education: Sexuality, Society, and Learning, vol. 13, no. 1, 2013, pp. S84-S90.

Vinson, Jenna. “Covering National Concerns about Teenage Pregnancy: A Visual Rhetorical Analysis of Gender and Race in Images of the Pregnant Teenage Body.” Feminist Formations , vol. 24, no. 2, 2012, pp. 140-62.

Vinson, Jenna. “Spatial Shock: Space, Place, and the Politics of Representation.Spatial Praxis. Edited by Amy Kimme Hea, Jen Haley-Brown, and Ashley Holmes. Special issue of  Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, vol. 16, no. 3, 2012. 

Book Chapters

Vinson, Jenna, and Sally Stevens. “I Was the One Who Opened My Legs: The Tropes and Consequences of Blaming Pregnant and Mothering Teens.” Mother-Blame Game. Edited by Vanessa Reimer and Sarah Sahagian, Demeter Press, 2015, pp. 82-104. 

Vinson, Jenna. “More Than Just a Website for Young Mamas: Girl-Mom Members’ Strategies for Countering the Dominant Perception of Teen Motherhood.” Motherhood Online, edited by Michelle Moravec, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012, pp. 98-116. 

Vinson, Jenna. “Mothers & More: Fighting “Invisimomibility” to Make Mothering Count.” 21st Century Motherhood Movement, edited by Andrea O’Reilly, Demeter Press, 2011, pp. 362-472.

Research Briefs

Stevens, Sally, Leah S. Stauber, Jenna Vinson, and the Crossroads Collaborative. “Sexuality Education: Innovating in Sexual Health Education.” Crossroads Connections vol. 2, no. 2, 2013.

Vinson, Jenna. Busting Myths: Confronting Assumptions about Teenage Pregnancy and Motherhood. Crossroads Connections , vol. 2, no. 1, 2013. 

Book Reviews

Vinson, Jenna. Review of Zines in Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric by Adela C. Licona. Community Literacy Journal, vol. 9, no. 1, 2014, pp. 92-5. 

Vinson, Jenna. Review of Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself: Latina Girls and Sexual Identity by Lorena Garcia. Community Literacy Journal, vol. 8, no. 1, 2013, pp. 127-30.