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Jenna Vinson

Jenna Vinson
Jenna Elizabeth VinsonAssistant Professor
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentEnglish

Research Interests

Discourses of Teenage Pregnancy and Motherhood, Visual Rhetoric, Embodied Rhetoric, Feminist Theory and Pedagogy, Professional Writing, Community Outreach, Action-Oriented Research, and Service Learning


  • Ph D: Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, (2013), University of Arizona -
    Supporting Area: Gender and Women?s Studies
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: _Teenage Mothers as Rhetors and Rhetoric: An Analysis of Embodied Exigence and Constrained Agencyî Drs. Adela C. Licona (Chair), Amy Kimme Hea, and Sally Stevens Comprehensive Exams, Pass with Distinction, Oct. 2010
  • MA: Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, (2008), University of Arizona -
  • BA: English and Creative Writing, (2006), University of Arizona -


  • Vinson, J.E. (2015) "I Was the One Who Opened My Legs: The Tropes and Consequences of Blaming Pregnant and Mothering Teens," Demeter Press pp. 82-104
  • Vinson, J.E., Stevens, S. (2014) "Preventing Pregnancy OR Supporting Students? Learning from the Stories of Young Mothers," Sexuality Research and Social Policy pp. 322-336
  • Vinson, J.E. (2014) "Zines in Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric by Adela C. Licona," Community Literacy Journal Community Literacy Journal 9:1 pp. 92-95
  • Vinson, J.E. (2013) "Review of Lorena Garcia, Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself: Latina Girls and Sexual Identity," Community Literacy Journal 8:1 pp. 127–130
  • Stevens, S., Morgan-Thompson, E., Vinson, J.E., Greene, A., Powell, C., Licona, A., Russell, S. (2013) "Informing Sexuality Education through Youth-Generated Anonymous Questions," Sex Education: Sexuality, Society, and Learning 13.1: pp. S84-S90
  • Vinson, J.E. (2013) "Teenage mothers as rhetors and rhetoric: An analysis of Embodied Exigence and Constrained Agency," The University of Arizona.
  • Vinson, J.E. (2012) "Covering National Concerns about Teenage Pregnancy: A Visual Rhetorical Analysis of Images of Pregnant and Mothering Women," Feminist Formations 24:2 pp. 140–162


  • Building a Border between Children and Adults: The Social Construction and Rhetorical Function of Adolescence - Rhetoric Society of American Conference, May 2014 - San Antonio, TX
  • Re-Producing Pathologies: The Problems with the Stories We Tell about Teen Moms in Pregnancy Prevention Campaigns - Baruch College Public Affairs Faculty Research Seminar, April 2014 - New York, NY
  • (Teen) Mama Knows Best?: The Role of Experts, Editors, and Experimental Knowledge in Testimonies about Teenage Pregnancy - Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, September 2013 - Palo Alto, CA
  • Putting Feminist Rhetorical Analysis to Public Use: Methods and Ethical Implications of Community Research Briefs - Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2013 - Las Vegas, NV
  • Do You Know Who the Father Is?: A Rhetorical Analysis of Confrontations Between Strangers and Teenage Mothers - Rhetoric Society of America Conference, May 2012 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Embodied Exigence: Teenage Pregnancy as Kairotic for Rhetorical Exchange - Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2012 - St. Louis, MO
  • How to Write a Resume - Workshop at Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, January 2012 - Tucson, AZ
  • Teenage Mom Counter-Narratives Within and Without the Web: Theorizing Web-Based Feminist Narrative Analysis - Feminism(s) & Rhetoric(s) Conference, October 2011 - Mankato, MN
  • Observing Place or Strolling Space?: The Potentials of •Strollingê as an Analytical Practice - The Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, October 2011 - Tempe, AZ
  • Youth-Centered Action Research: Fostering an Inclusive Civil Discourse - New Start Academic Conference with Londie Martin, July 2011 - Tucson, AZ
  • Beyond the Seminar Paper: Supporting Feminist Activist Rhetoric in Graduate Courses - Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 2011 - Atlanta, Georgia
  • Responding to Community Exigencies: Resistance as Seizing Kairotic Moments for Writing and Public Action - Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 2011 - Atlanta, Georgia
  • Busting Myths about Teenage Pregnancy - Dr. Maureen Kellyês Undergraduate Adolescent Development Course in Family Studies, March 2011 - Tucson, AZ
  • The Potentials and Paradoxes of Teenage Mother Narratives as Counter-Rhetorics - National Womenês Studies Association Conference, November 2010 - Denver, CO
  • Teen Moms in the Media: Gender, Race, and Class Stereotypes - Dr. Marissa Juarezês New Start Freshman Composition Course, June 2010 - Tucson, AZ
  • Critiquing the Move: The Embodied Exigence of the Pregnant Teen Mother and the Disembodied Scholar - Feminism(s) & Rhetoric(s) Conference, October 2009 - Lansing, MI
  • Confronting Social Change and Agency in Service-Learning - The Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, October 2009 - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Countering Images of Teen Mothers in the Media: Rhetorical Strategies of Resistance on Girl- - Southwest Texas Popular/America Cultural Conference, February 2009 - Albuquerque, NM
  • Surveilling Womenês Bodies: What Does the Rhetoric Against Teenage Pregnancy Do for Women? - Feminism(s) & Rhetoric(s) Civic Discourse Conference, October 2007 - Little Rock, AR
  • Villainous Experts vs. Magical Strippers: Investigating the Rhetorical Strategies of Teen Mothersê Counter-Narratives - New Directions in Critical Theory Conference, April 2007 - Tucson, AZ
  • From Christian Morality to Hyper-sexuality: Disneyês Adaptation of The Little Mermaid - Southwest Texas Popular/America Cultural Conference, February 2007 - Albuquerque, NM