Dr. Jennifer Dawes Adkison

Contact Information

Email: jadkison@eou.edu
Phone: 541-962-3330
Office: Loso 147

About Dr. Adkison

The seeds of my current interest in American literature were initially planted many years ago when, as an American expatriate in London, I became acutely aware of the “American experience” as something unique. I am particularly interested in nineteenth-century American women writers and the American West because the study of these writers allows me to explore the ways that women’s expectations and their distinct rhetorical voice in the form of mid-nineteenth-century sentimental fiction were adapted to the western environment. My work has led me to consider the role of authenticity in women’s depictions of their experience of the American West.

Professional Credentials

  • Ph.D., English, University of Nevada, Reno, 2001
  • M.A., English, University of Houston, Texas, 1997
  • M.A., Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1992
  • B.A., English, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1989


  • ENGL 107: World Literature I
  • ENGL 108: World Literature II
  • ENGL 109: World Literature III
  • ENGL 104: Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 381: American Literature Before 1865
  • WR 320: Professional Writing

What Story Means to Me

Telling stories is a natural human endeavor. We understand our lives and our lived experiences through story. Shaping our various occurrences of our daily lives into a cohesive narrative allows us to realize the big picture. Reading, discussing, and learning to appreciate these stories helps us to better comprehend lived experiences that are not our own and makes us better people.