Dr. Jennifer Hagen Forsberg

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Ph.D.: English, University of Nevada Reno. May 2016.

  • Dissertation: Rags, Riches and Rye: Hobohemian Practice in 20th Century American Literature”
  • Gender, Race and Identity Program Graduate Certificate

M.A.: English, Arizona State University. December 2006.

  • Thesis: “Authority: Style and Self in the Work of Gertrude Stein.”

B.A.E.: Secondary Education and English. Arizona State University. May 2004.


2019-Present: Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Pearce Center for Professional Communication, Co-Director of the Graduate Writing Across the Curriculum Fellows.

2016-Present: Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Department of English, Lecturer.


Book Chapters:

2020 (Forthcoming): “Marketing Millennial Women: Embodied Class Performativity on American Television.”  The Routledge International Handbook of Working-Class Studies.

Refereed Journal Articles:

2017: Vol. 50, No. 6 (December): “’A Jack-of-All-Trades’: Jack Kerouac’s Fashionable Practice of Working-Class Drag.” The Journal of Popular Culture, Special Issue: Global Fashion: Media, Consumption, and Technology. 1213-1229.

2017: Vol. 2, No. 1 (June): “The Cross-Country/Cross-Class Drives of Don Draper/Dick Whitman: Examining Mad Men’s Hobo Narrative,The Journal of Working-Class Studies. 57-74.

2015: Vol.1, No. 2 (October): “Working Through Hunter S. Thompson’s Strange and Terrible Saga,” Persona Studies Journal, Special Issue: Work(ing) Personas. 88-98.

Encyclopedic Entries and Academic Advisement:

2016: Charles Bukowski entry, Poetry Criticism Series, Vol. 188 (GALE / CENGAGE Learning).

Book Reviews:

2020: 39.1 (Spring): Anthony Dawahare’s Tillie Olsen and the Dialectical Philosophy of Proletarian Literature (Lexington Books, 2018). Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.

2015: Vol. 5 No. 3 (Winter): John Lennon’s Boxcar Politics: The Hobo in U.S. Culture and Literature, 1896-1956 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014). Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies.

2013: Vol. 46, No. 1 (February): Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930‬ (Brundage, 2011). Journal of Popular Culture.

2012: Vol. 45, No. 3 (June): Performing American Masculinities: The 21st-Century Man in Popular Culture (Shaw & Watson, 2011). Journal of Popular Culture.

Editorial Work:

2016: Peer Reviewer, Persona Studies (Deakin Journals)

2011-2015: Associate Editor/ Peer Reviewer, NeoAmericanist


  • 2015-2016: University of Nevada, Reno, Russell J. & Dorothy S. Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2013-2014: University of Nevada, Reno Distinguished Teaching Assistant in Core Humanities
  • 2012-2013: University of Nevada, Reno, Scott Douglass Memorial Scholarship for Teaching English


Papers Presented:

2019: November 15-17. “The Phallic Trappings of ‘The Eisenhower Penis Tour.’” Presentation, Panel: On the Road with the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Atlanta, GA.

2017: November 3-5. “Closet Capitalists at Heart’: Queer-Class Economy in the Work of John Waters.” Presentation, Panel: Exploring Queerness and the Borders of High/Low Art. South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Atlanta, GA.

2017: October 18-22. “Will the Revolution Be Televised?: The Crucial Role of Television in the Liberal Arts Classroom.” Presentation, Pedagogy and Popular Culture Panel. Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, St. Louis, MO.

2015: February 26-28. Embodying Humanity Panel, Discussant. College of Liberal Arts Graduate Symposium, Reno, NV.

2014: June 16-22. ”A Jack-of-All-Trades: Working Class Drag and the Postwar Redefinition of Work.” Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth, NH.

2013: October 30-November 1. “Refusing Rhyme and Reason: What’s Left of Charles Bukowski.” PAMLA: Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association, Robert Lowell Society, San Diego, CA.

2013: March 1. Graduate School and Professionalization Faculty Roundtable, Organizer. Renovation: A Regional Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Reno, NV.

2012: May 24-25. “’An entrepreneur of himself’: Charles Bukowski’s Consumption as Production.” American Literature Association Conference, Western Literature Association, San Francisco, CA.

2011: March 18-19. “Commercial Nostalgia: Coca Cola as a Site of Contention in Postwar American Literature.” Food! The Conference, City University of New York (CUNY).

2006: February. “(Post)modernism and the Beats: Charles Bukowski and Henry Miller as Generational Doppelgangers.” Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM.


Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. 2019-Present

Co-Director of the Graduate Writing Across the Curriculum Fellows, Pearce Center for Professional Communication

  • Writing Center Theory & Practice Graduate Seminar (Fall 2019)
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. 2016-Present

Lecturer, Department of English

University of Nevada, Reno. 2010-2016:

Lecturer on Appointment, Department of English (2014-2016)

Teaching Assistant, Core Humanities Program (2012-2015)

Teaching Assistant, Core Writing Program (2010-2012)

Philadelphia University. 2007-2008:

Adjunct Faculty, Interdisciplinary Writing Program

  • Fundamentals of College Writing (Fall 2007)
  • College Writing (Spring 2008)



2018-Present: Adobe Education Exchange Courses

2017-Present: Clemson University’s General Education Task Force

2014-2015: Co-director of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Symposium,     University of Nevada, Reno

2014: Futures of American Studies Institute Participant, Dartmouth College

2013-2014: Mentor and Orientation Co-director in Core Humanities, University of Nevada, Reno

2012-2013: Co-director of Renovation, A Regional Interdisciplinary Graduate Student      Conference, University of Nevada, Reno