Jennifer James

Native American and Indigenous Studies Chair

jennifer james

Office Location: Hauge Administration Building - 201-C

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  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Associate Professor of English
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies Chair


Jenny James was born and raised in Michigan, the home of the Great Lakes and the Michigan Wolverines. Before coming to PLU, she lived in Boston, Hanover, NH and New York City. Jenny teaches American literature from 1860 to the present, with a special emphasis on the representation of race, gender and sexuality in fiction written after 1945.  She also teaches a Writing 101 course on water, politics and place for the First Year Experience Program. Her research traces the development of narratives of affiliation in the post-1960 North American novel. In their depiction of alternative forms of loving friendship, these narratives emerged as a creative force to negotiate changing conceptions of social difference during the era.