Jenna Vinson

Jenna Vinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
O'Leary Library - 4th Floor


Rhetoric and Composition, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Research Interests

Rhetoric and Composition; Gender & Sexuality Studies

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
  • MA: Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, (2008), University of Arizona
  • BA: English and Creative Writing, (2006), University of Arizona


Jenna Vinson specializes in feminist rhetorical studies. Her new book, Embodying the Problem: The Persuasive Power of the Teen Mother (Rutgers University Press, 2017), challenges the pathologizing discourses of teenage pregnancy and investigates the creative strategies some young mothering women use to resist negative representations of their lives.

Her articles have appeared in journals such as Feminist Formations, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and most recently Sex Education: Sexuality, Society, and Learning. She has published chapters for edited collections including Motherhood Online and the 21st Century Motherhood Movement.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Youth perspectives on Lowell: A community-based digital storytelling project (2018), Grant - UMass Lowell 2020 Community Impact Grant
    Dutta, U. (Co-Principal), Vinson, J.E. (Co-Principal)