Associate Professor of English
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Associate Professor of English (2002)

Jennifer Dawson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, earned her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University with an emphasis on Early American Literature and Victorian Studies. She taught at Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University before joining Aquinas College's faculty in 2001. While her main area of scholarly interest is American Literature and culture before 1900, her academic passions include studying women writers, conduct manuals, periodical literature, captivity narratives, letter writing and all aspects of cultural history. In 2008 and 2011, she applied her background in Irish Literature and History to co-directing the AQ Ireland program. Over the years, she has been active in Student Affairs: co-chairing the President's Academic Integrity Committee in 2007 and helping with the Common Reading Program which she began chairing in 2010. Being appointed Associate Dean of Student Affairs in 2011 formalized this commitment to fostering student development and promoting academic integrity. Currently, Dawson balances her schedule between teaching and working in the Dean of Students Office. Off campus, she is an avid reader, an ardent organic gardener, and a busy mother of two very active children who share her dream of returning to Ireland.


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • M.A., Michigan State University
  • B.A., University of Michigan