Jennifer Jenkins

Associate Professor of German


Office Location:Hauge Administration Building - Room 222-G

  • Professional


  • Ph.D., Modern German Literature and Culture, University of Wisconsin, 2008
  • M.A., Scandinavian Studies, Swedish Emphasis, University of Wisconsin, 2001
  • M.A., Modern German Literature and Culture, University of Wisconsin, 1997
  • B.A. (Honors), German, Miami University, 1996

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • 18th and 20th Century German Literature and Cultural History
  • Hermann Broch
  • Peter Weiss
  • Aesthetics
  • Modern Scandinavian Literatures
  • Spoken languages: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Swiss German
  • Research languages: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, French


    University Long-Range Planning Committee, 2017-2020 (Faculty Vice Chair, 2019-2020)
    Director, Scandinavian Area Studies Program, 2011-2016

Selected Presentations

  • 43rd Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA), The End of Portraiture: Hermann Broch’s ‘Über die Möglichkeit des modernen Porträts’, Portland, OR (October 3-6, 2019)
  • German Studies Association of Australia (GSAA) Biennial International Conference, Confounding Casanova with the Theory of Relativity: Hermann Broch’s Rediscovered Early Work, "Ungedrucktes aus dem Duxer Casanova-Archiv", Te Herenga Waka/Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (November 28-30, 2018)
  • Seminar Series for Fellows of the German Literary Archive (Deutsches Literaturarchiv), Neues aus der Broch-Forschung, Marbach, Germany (March 29, 2017)
  • 113th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), “…vom Blick erschaffene Einheit”: Images and Seeing in Hermann Broch’s Der Tod des Vergil, Portland, OR (November 6-8, 2015)
  • 37th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA), “In eines Anderen Sache zu sprechen”: Postwar Discourses on the Legitimacy of Literature in Celan, Bachmann, Hildesheimer, Denver, CO (October 3-6, 2013)
  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), What Remains? Ekphrasis and Theory Transfer, Toronto, Canada (April 4-7, 2013)
  • 127th Annual Convention, Modern Language Association (MLA), Panel Co-organizer and Commentator, Hermann Broch and the Modern Novel, Seattle, WA (January 5-8, 2012)
  • 100th Annual Meeting, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), Nesser’s Metafiction, Seattle, WA (April 22-24, 2010)
  • 3rd Annual Powell and Heller Family Holocaust Conference, Pacific Lutheran University, The Holocaust and the Function of Literature – Two Case Studies, Tacoma, WA (March 18-20, 2010)

Selected Articles


  • K.T. Tang Award for Excellence in Research, December 2017, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Beinecke Visiting Research Fellow, 2016-17, Yale University
  • Suhrkamp Fellow, 2016-17, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach (German Literary Archive in Marbach, Germany)
  • PLU Provost’s Office travel funds, March 2014, “Crossing the Disciplinary Divide: Conjunctions in German and Holocaust Studies,” Washington University, St. Louis
  • Robert Bosch Foundation travel grant, June 2011, “Momentaufnahme, Familiengedächtnis, Erzählverfahren: Die Poetik des Albums in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur” Seminar at the German Literary Archive in Marbach, Germany
  • The Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg and the German-American Fulbright Commission grant, June-July 2010, Baden-Württemberg Seminar for American Faculty in German and German Studies
  • Volkswagen Foundation travel grant, March 2010, The 20th St. Louis Symposium on German Literature, Washington University: “The Ethics of Literature: Contemporary German Writers”
  • Fulbright Research Award for 2004-5 academic year at Universität Konstanz, Germany, German-American Fulbright Commission