Jennifer Leigh Moffitt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
“My primary objective as a professor of literature and composition is to demonstrate how art and language shape our understanding of identity and history. To that end, I employ a constructivist approach that pushes students to consider the complex ways the texts we encounter everyday affect how we perceive the world, each other, and ourselves. Ultimately, I strive to empower students by helping them to hone their skills as critical consumers and producers of texts.”
Dr. Moffitt received her B.A. in English with double minors in Art History and Women’s Studies from Appalachian State University, her M.A. in Literature from Humboldt State University, and her Ph.D. in Literature from Florida State University. Before joining Florida Southern as an Assistant Professor, she taught for seven years at Florida State, first as a graduate student and then as a Visiting Lecturer.
Her research and teaching interests include composition; American literature, chiefly post-1865 American literature; women’s literature; realism and naturalism; cultural theory, especially critical analyses of gender, race, and sexuality; and visual culture studies, including word and image theory and illustrated texts.
Ph.D. Literature, Florida State University, December 2014
M.A. Literature, Humboldt State University, May 2003
B.A. English, Minors: Art History and Women’s Studies Appalachian State University, May 2000
Publications and Exhibitions
“New Fashion, New Women: The Flapper as Product and Producer of Changing Gender Roles in the 1920s.” Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web.