Jennifer L Lieberman

Assistant Professor

English • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

American Literature and Culture (19th and 20th century), Literary Realism and Naturalism, the History of Technology, Science and Technology Studies, Critical Pedagogy, and Gender and Women’s Studies.


Ph.D. English

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

May 2011


M.A. English

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



B.S. Mathematics

University of Florida



B.A. English

University of Florida





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 recent work can be found in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature in the US (2015), the Mark Twain Annual (2010) and in the collection of original work, Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism (University of Iowa, 2012). Her book project, Power Lines: Electricity in American Life and Letters, 1882-1952, is under contract with MIT Press and will be forthcoming next year. 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, and American literature and culture. She is currently teaching courses on technology, critical theory, and literary history to the wonderful, engaged students at UNF. And, starting in 2016, she is launching a prison education program with Duval County Corrections. 


Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, awarded Professor Lieberman a teaching award in 2015


American Studies Association
Mark Twain Circle of America
Modern Language Association
Society for the History of Technology
Society for the Social Studies of Science
Society for the Study of American Women Writers
Women in Technological History

Grants and Contracts Awarded

National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, 2011-2013

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

Publications & Presentations

Forthcoming Book


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


Selected Publications


"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

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Office Hours

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