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.


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 L. Lieberman is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Florida (UNF). She 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. Before beginning her position at UNF, she held an NSF postdoctoral fellowship in Cornell University’s Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS). An interdisciplinary teacher-scholar, Jennifer 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 forthcoming from MIT Press  July 2017. Her recent work can be found in Configurations (2017), History and Technology (2016), The Eaton Journal of Archival Science Fiction (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 JLS: Journal of Literature and Science and Studies in the Novel (both accepted in 2017). Since 2004, she has taught courses to conventional and incarcerated college students on topics including composition, creative criticism, gender and women’s studies, the history of medicine and/or technology, STS, and American literature and culture including work by multiethnic writers. Her current book project examines the prison using methodologies from literary studies and STS. 


Florida Blue Center for Ethics Fellow, 2017

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


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, 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): 1-27.

Recovering John Trowbridge: A Master of Electricity, Education, and Sentimentality.Eaton Journal of Archival Science Fiction 4.1 (2016): 4-23.

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

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