Jennifer Shook

The University of Iowa

Jennifer Shook is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Iowa whose interests include Native American studies, memory, drama, and poetry. Originally from Oklahoma, Jen holds a BA in English, Religion, and Women’s Studies from Swarthmore College and an interdisciplinary MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago, and has taught at DePaul University, Columbia College, and the Newberry Library. She worked as a dramaturg, director, and theatre producer in Chicago, where she founded Caffeine Theatre—a company that mines the poetic tradition to explore social questions. Jennifer is committed to fostering intersections within academic and artistic disciplines and organizations. She traveled the Midwest giving talks on Lincoln in popular culture as a Road Scholar for the Illinois Humanities Council and has been a consultant for not-for-profits including Manos Juntas free clinics and the Oklahoma Peace House, where she created the Just Voices youth nonviolence and tolerance program. Jennifer teaches an Interpretation of Literature classes in which students create digital public resources and archives for the Derek Project’s youth art collaborations with Natasha Trethewey’s poetry.