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Tufts University
Department of English
6 The Green
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Medford, MA 02155

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Jennifer Minnen

Ph.D. Candidate in English, Princeton University
M.A. in English, Princeton University
M.A. in Teaching, Bard College
B.A. in Art History, Wesleyan University


Jennifer's scholarship focuses on the intersection of gender and science in Victorian literature. Her dissertation, titled "The Second Science: Feminist Natural Inquiry in Nineteenth-Century British Literature," argues that women writers used the daily work of natural history—specimen collection, correspondence, and exchange—to challenge public discourse surrounding "The Woman Question." Digging into botanical, zoological, and literary archives, the project highlights the egalitarian exchange networks that informed scientific practice and the material and literary forms through which such practices developed, revealing the porousness of our entrenched paradigms of domesticity and scientific professionalism.

Jennifer has taught undergraduate writing at Princeton University and courses on writing, literary history, and feminism(s) at Queens College, City University of New York. She now lives and gardens in Somerville.

Research Interests

  • Expository Writing
  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies