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Jennifer Thorn, Ph.D.

1994 - Ph.D., Columbia University
1987 - M.A., Columbia University
1981 - B.A. with honors, State University of New York at Binghamton

Research and Background

Dr. Jennifer Thorn works in the area of transatlantic eighteenth century studies, with special interest in race, reproduction, and time. She joined the English Department at Saint Anselm College in 2009, after teaching at Colby College and Duke University.

While at Duke, she was awarded two teaching awards, one from Duke recognizing excellence in the teaching of seniors and one from the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies for innovative course design, for a course on 18 century orientalism.

She is the editor of the collection Writing British Infanticide: Child-Murder, Gender, and Print, 1722-1859 (2004) and has published articles on race in translations of the Arabian Nights Entertainments; the representation of castration in Eliza Haywoods oriental tales; the meaning of fecundity in Haywoods novels; teaching the transatlantic; and the intertextual significance of Phillis Wheatleys representation of maternal violence in her long poem Niobe, as well as numerous book reviews.

Dr. Thorn has articles forthcoming on class and sea-life in the novels of Tobias Smollett; violence, class, and the representation of Native Americans in Charles Brockden Browns novel Wieland; and on the eighteenth-century Boston slave Phillis Wheatleys elegies to mothers and children, in relation to practices of northern slavery. She is working now on a book, Phillis Wheatley: Gender, Grief, and God.


  • EN103F
  • EN103T
  • EN236a, Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • EN341a, Early American Literature

Contact Information

Professor Thorn
Jennifer Thorn

Associate Professor
English Department
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive # 1642
Manchester, NH 03102

(603) 641-7019

Office: Bradley House

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