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Department of English


Jennifer McFarlane-Harris

Assistant Professor of English



Contact Information:
Phone: 717-766-2511, Ext. 2262
Office: Boyer 206

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Dr. Jennifer McFarlane-Harris joins the English department at Messiah after a year as a lecturer at the University of Michigan, where she also received her Ph.D. in English and Women's Studies. Jennifer’s scholarly interests range from nineteenth-century African American women’s spiritual autobiographies to feminist theory to racial representations in Western art music. She has a deep and enduring love for the poetry of Emily Dickinson (“The Brain is just the weight of God—”), wants to add to her collection of literary action figures (so far she has Jane Austen and Edgar Allan Poe), and fantasizes about being invited to one of those English country house parties where some tragedy ends up changing the lives of all of the people involved (a la Atonement or Gosford Park). Jennifer got her B.A. in English from the University of Redlands in sunny Southern California, where she studied for exams by the pool while looking up at snow-capped mountains. Although she has lived in five different states, Jennifer is excited to be living once more in Pennsylvania (land of her birth), experiencing the breathtaking change of seasons at Messiah. When not teaching American literature or the social construction of gender and race, Jennifer enjoys singing, playing basketball and indoor soccer, watching period films and crime dramas, voraciously consuming historical fiction, and wrangling her cat, Poe.

Why English?
Minnemingo Review
The Swinging Bridge
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