Jennifer Wenzel ’90 completed majors in history and English at Austin College, and her career is an excellent response for the common question of what graduates do with an English career. A member of the faculty at Columbia University, Jennifer travels, teaches, and brings ideas to the top so others may also learn. She is an associate professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and also the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. In 2009, she published her first book, Bulletproof: Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond. She has many published papers, two current book projects, and a co-editing venture within the field of literature, history, and the environment.
Her new book, The Disposition of Nature: Environmental Crisis and World Literature, was published in 2019 by Fordham University Press. She also co-edited Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment (2017), a collection of short keyword essays on the intersections between energy and culture, including an entry on “Texas.”
“My time at Austin College fostered a desire to ask questions and to search out answers from many angles and perspectives. As a scholar, I still have both a deep love of my own discipline and a curiosity about other modes of knowing that comes from my liberal arts education.”
To learn more about Jennifer, visit her website.
Read more about her in the ‘Roos Who Write article in the Austin College Magazine.