English Department
Professor Jennifer Mitchell '04

Jennifer Mitchell '04

Job Title
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Mellon Leadership Fellow
Associate Professor of English
Karp Hall 108

Research interests

Modernist and contemporary British and anglophone literature; gender, sexuality, and queer studies; critical theory; children’s and adolescent literature; popular culture.



Ordinary Masochisms: Agency and Desire in Victorian and Modernist Fiction. University Press of Florida, October, 2020.

Edited Collections

The Female Fantastic: Gendering the Supernatural in the 1890s and 1920s. Co-Editor, with Lizzie Harris McCormick and Rebecca Soares. Routledge, 2019.

Girls and the Awkward Politics of Privilege, Gender, and Race. Co-Editor, with Elwood Watson and Marc Shaw. Lexington Books, 2015.

Journal Articles

“Cruelty, Subjectivity, and Masochistic Possibility in The Rainbow.” The D.H. Lawrence Review 41.2 (2018): 49-71.

“‘The Best Lesbian Show Ever!’: The Contemporary Evolution of Teen Coming-Out Narratives,” The Journal of Lesbian Studies. 19.4 (2015): 454-469.

“Flush, Courtship, and Suffering: Woolf in the Early 1930s.” Virginia Woolf Miscellany. 87 (2015).

“‘A girl. A machine. A freak.’: A Consideration of Contemporary Queer Composites.” Bookbird. 52.1 (2014): 51-62.

“‘A Sort of Mouse-Person’: Radicalizing Gender in Roald Dahl’s The Witches.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. 23.1 (2012): 25-39.

“Queering Queer Theory, or Why Bisexuality Matters.” Journal of Bisexuality. 9.3/4 (2009): 297–315. Co-author, with Laura Erickson-Schroth.

Book Chapters

“Fantastic Transformations: Queer Desires and ‘Uncanny Time’ in Work by Radclyffe Hall and Virginia Woolf.” The Female Fantastic: Gendering the Supernatural in the 1890s and 1920s. Eds. Lizzie Harris McCormick, Jennifer Mitchell, and Rebecca Soares. 2019. 152-166.

“She’s Just Not That Into You: Dating, Damage, and Gender,” Girls and the Awkward Politics of Privilege, Gender, and Race. Eds. Jennifer Mitchell, Elwood Watson, and Marc Shaw. Rowman and Littlefield.
2015. 9-26.

“‘A Mom-Shaped Hole’: The Dystopian Maternal.” Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Eds. Karen Coats and Lisa Fraustino. Jackson: U P of Mississippi, 2015. 236-252.
[The Children’s Literature Association Edited Book Award Winner, 2018]

“Masochism and Marriage in The Rainbow and Ulysses.” Modernists at Odds: Reconsidering Joyce and Lawrence. Eds. Heather Lusty and Matthew J. Kochis. Gainesville: U P of Florida, 2015. 175-95. Co-author with Johannes Hendrikus Burgers.

“The Trouble with ‘Victim’: Triangulated Masochism in Jean Rhys’s Quartet.” Rhys Matters: New Critical Perspectives. Eds. Kerry Johnson and Mary Wilson. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2013. 189-211.

“Of Queer Necessity: Panem’s Hunger Games as Gender Games.” Of Bread, Blood, and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy.Eds. Mary Clark and Leila Pharr. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2012. 128-38.

Additional media

Academic credentials

B.A., Union College; M.A., Washington University; Ph.D. The CUNY Graduate Center