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Jennifer Lieberman

Associate Professor of English

Phone: (904) 620-2273

Office: Building 8, Room 2649



Faculty Bio

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), and author of Power Lines: Electricity in American Life and Letters, 1882-1952, which is now available from MIT Press and Amazon ($30 for a hard copy | $21 for an ebook). If you are interested to hear about the book before you buy it or check it out from your library, you can listen to this Cultures of Energy podcast, where Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe interview Jennifer about the book.


At the University of North Florida, Jenni was a 2016-2017 Community Scholar in the Center for Community Based Learning, she is the 2017 Fellow for the Florida Blue Center for Ethics, and she earned UNF's Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Award in 2017 for her exceptional work in the classroom and community. The student honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, also presented her with an award for excellence in teaching in 2015.


Before she started this position, she completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May 2011, when she graduated with distinction and with a minor in gender and women's studies. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida. From 2011-2013, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Cornell University's Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS). An interdisciplinary scholar, Jenni 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. In addition to her book, her recent work can be found in JLS (the journal of literature and science, 2017) (Link JLS.pdf will be returned once certified), Configurations (with Ronald Kline, 2017), History and Technology(2016), The Eaton Journal of Archival Science Fiction (2016), MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature in the US (2015), in the collection of original work, Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism(University of Iowa, 2012), and in the Mark Twain Annual (2010). She also an article forthcoming in Studies in the Novel (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. Her current book project, tentatively titled The Literary and Technological Imaginaries of the American Prison, examines the prison using methodologies from literary studies and STS.