Jennifer L Lieberman

Assistant Professor

English • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

American and African-American literature and culture (especially 19th and 20th century); the history of medicine, science, and technology; science and technology Studies; critical pedagogy; critical race and gender studies.

Education

Ph.D. English

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

May 2011

 

M.A. English

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2006

 

B.S. Mathematics

University of Florida

2004

 

B.A. English

University of Florida

2004

Biography

Jennifer Lieberman completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May 2011, and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida. An interdisciplinary teacher-scholar, she has held fellowships at the Bakken Library and Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. The research she conducted in these intellectual communities suffuses her teaching and her other scholarly endeavors. Her book project, Power Lines: Electricity in American Life and Letters, 1882-1952, is under contract with MIT Press and will be forthcoming in July 2017. Her recent work can be found in History and Technology (2016), MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature in the US (2015), and in the collection of original work, Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism (University of Iowa, 2012). She also has pieces forthcoming in Configurations and in The Eaton Journal of Archival Science Fiction (2017).  Since 2004, she has taught courses to conventional and incarcerated college students on topics including composition, gender and women’s studies, the history of medicine, STS, and American literature and culture including work by multiethnic writers. During the 2016-2017 school year, she is teaching the introductory survey to American literature; grant writing; women writer's; medicine and society; and a graduate seminar on "Magic and Realism" that examines transnational realisms. Her current course for incarcerated students is multi-ethnic 20th- and 21st-century writers.   

Awards

Community Scholar, Center for Community-Based Learning, University of North Florida, 2016-2017

Finalist, Campus-wide Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Florida, 2016 

Certified online teacher, Center for Instructional Research Technology, 2016
Her online distance-learning American Literature course received a perfect score on an internal Quality Matters review.

Award for Teaching Excellence, Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, 2015

National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University, 2011-2013

R.D. Mullen Research Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2011

Nicholson Fellowship, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009-2010

Humanities, Arts, Science, & Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009-2011

Dibner Library Resident Scholarship, Smithsonian Institution, 2009

Visiting Research Fellowship, Bakken Library and Museum, Minneapolis, MN, 2008
  

Affiliations

American Association of University Women
American Studies Association
Mark Twain Circle of America
Modern Language Association
MELUS: Multi-ethnic Literature in the US
Society for the History of Technology
Society for the Social Studies of Science
Society for the Study of American Women Writers
Younger Women’s Task Force
   
   

Publications & Presentations

Forthcoming Book

 

Power Lines: Electricity in American Life and Letters, 1882-1952. MIT Press, forthcoming 2017.

 

Selected Publications

Lieberman, J. and Ronald R. Kline. “Dream of an Unfettered Electrical Future: Nikola Tesla, the Electrical Utopian Novel, and an Alternative American Sociotechnical Imaginary.” Configurations 25.1 (January 2017): page numbers forthcoming.

“Recovering John Trowbridge: Reflections on Early Science Fiction, Electricity, and Sentimentality.” Eaton Journal of Archival Science Fiction. Forthcoming, 2017.

The Myth of the First African-American Electrical Engineer: Arthur U. Craig and the Importance of Teaching in Technological History.” History and Technology 32.1 (2016): 70-90. 

"Ralph Ellison's Technological Humanism." MELUS: Multi-ethnic Literature in the US 40.4 (Winter 2015): 8-27.

“Electric Sensations and Executions in Gertrude Atherton’s Patience Sparhawk and Her Times.”
Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism in the United States. Ed. Kathleen Ryan. University of Iowa Press, 2012: 162 – 180.

“Hank Morgan’s Power Play: Electrical Networks in King Arthur’s Court.” The Mark Twain Annual 8 (2010): 61 – 75.

 

Selected Presentations

“Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Electric Revolutions,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadephia, PA, 2015.

“The Machine in the Garden Fifty Years Later,” organizer and roundtable participant, Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association. Los Angeles, 2014.

“Ralph Ellison, Technology, and the Sanctity of Human Selfhood,” Annual Meeting for the Modern Language Association. Boston, 2013.

“Teaching Women Writers to Incarcerated Men,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Denver, Colorado, 2012.

“Systems and Symbols: Narratives of Technological Choice in the History of U.S. Electrical Power Distribution, 1890-1914,” Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012.

“How the West Was Wired” C19, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.

“Power Lines,” Americas Colloquium, Cornell University, 2012.

“Charged Words: Metaphor, Electricity, and American History,” Science and Technology Studies Seminar Series, Cornell University, 2012.

“Black Body Radiation: Medical Technologies in Afrofuturist Visions.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Kitchener, Ontario, 2011.

“Nuptials and Networks: The Romance of Western Electrification.” Futures of American Studies Summer Institute. Dartmouth College, 2010.

“Mark Twain’s Electrical Realism.” American Literature Association. San Francisco, CA, 2010.
 

LiebermanContact Information

(904) 620-2273

j.lieberman@unf.edu


Office Hours

TR | 12:30-2 & by appt