- Faculty Bios
- Division of Languages and Literature
- Jennifer Browdy
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
Hall College Center
Academic Program Affiliation(s)
Areas of Specialization
- Contemporary world literature by women
- Women's and gender studies
- Journalism, media studies and digital media strategies
- Leadership development and public speaking
- Autobiography and memoir
- Pedagogy of writing
- Environmental writing, environmental activism through media and the arts
Research Interest: Purposeful memoir by women who use writing as a vehicle for social and environmental
justice; writing, film, and other media as strategies for social change and environmental
Teaching Interest: Contemporary literature of human rights, social justice and environmental awareness
and activism; journalism and creative nonfiction; women's and gender studies; world
literature by women, especially personal narratives by women working for social change
Other Interests: Leadership development, especially for teen girls; building creative community by
cultivating the voices and visions of women of all ages; memoir writing and teaching
memoir, especially "purposeful memoir"
Favorite/Regular Courses Offered
- Women Write the World (social and environmental justice writing by contemporary women
activists and change agents)
- Art of Autobiography: Focus on Memoir
- Women Writing Resistance in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East
- Writing, Leadership, and Public Speaking for Social and Environmental Justice
- Journalism and Digital Media Practicum
MA and PhD in Comparative Literature, New York University
BA (magna cum laude) in English and Journalism, Bard College at Simon's Rock
Dr. Browdy is the founder of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and cofounder
of Green Fire Writers, which cultivates the voices and visions of women through a wide range of programming.
She is also the creator and director of the Butterfly Leadership Program for teen girls, which uses writing and public speaking as a pathway to leadership
on social and environmental issues. The author of many articles and editor of three
anthologies of contemporary writing by women from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa,
and North America, Browdy is the author of a memoir, What I Forgot …And Why I Remembered: A Journey to Environmental Awareness and Activism
Through Purposeful Memoir, and an accompanying writer’s guide, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion. In addition to teaching at Simon's Rock, she taught for nine years as a lecturer
in humanities at the University of Albany, SUNY, as part of an innovative team-taught
interdisciplinary first-year experience program, Project Renaissance. Dr. Browdy has
been teaching at Simon's Rock since 1994.
- Founded and directed an annual conference in honor of International Women's Day, 2002
- Founded and directed the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, 2011 - present.
- Founded and directed the Butterfly Leadership Program for teen girls, 2015 - present.
- Editor, Women Writing Resistance in Latin America and the Caribbean (South End Press, 2004).
- Lead editor, African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voice (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011).
- Lead editor, Writing Fire: Celebrating the Power of Women's Words (Green Fire Press, 2015).
- Forthcoming in 2017: What I Forgot …And Why I Remembered: A Journey to Environmental Awareness and Activism
Through Purposeful Memoir, and The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion.
- Co-organizer of Women and Leadership Summit at Simon's Rock, 2017.
- “Aligning the Personal, Political and Planetary to Create a Transformative Future.” Article. Kosmos Journal. Fall/Winter 2015.
- “Confronting Student Resistance to Ecofeminism: Three Perspectives.” Article. Co-authored with Holly Kent and Colleen Martell. The Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal, 2015.
- “Global Citizenship in Action: Engaging the Literature and Film of Female Genital
Mutilation in the Undergraduate Classroom.” Chapter publication in Teaching Human Rights and Literature. Elizabeth Goldberg and Alexandra Schulteis, eds. Modern Language Association Options
for Teaching Series. NY: MLA Books, 2015.
- “Feminist Pedagogies of Activist Compassion: Engaging the Literature and Film of Female
Genital Cutting in the Undergraduate Classroom.” Chapter publication in Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education: Theory and Practice. Tracy Penny Light, Jane Nicholas and Renee Bondy, eds. Wilfred Laurier University
- “Aligning the Personal, Political and Planetary Through the Elemental Journey of Purposeful
Memoir.” Preconference workshop for educators at the American Association for the
Study of Literature and the Environment Biennial Conference, University of Idaho,
Moscow, June 2015.
- The Butterfly Effect Leadership Program, a week-long writing-intensive workshop for
teen girls. The Mount, Lenox, July 2015 and August 2016. Co-developed and led with
spoken word poet and recent Simon’s Rock alum Grace Rossman.
- “Gaia Calling, Writing in Nature, Writing for Nature” and “Finding Your Own Mountaintop: Writing Your Way to Clarity,” writing workshops led at Bascom Lodge, Mount Greylock State Reservation, September
2015 and 2016.
- “Green Visions: Writing the Environment in Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Prose.”
Reading and Panel Discussion with Jan Krause Greene, Thea Iberall, Tess Taylor and
Jane Yolen. Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, March 2016.
- “Writing the Journey of Your Life: A Workshop in Purposeful Memoir.” Writing workshop
Leader. Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Rookwood Writing Retreats for Women, Rookwood
Inn, Lenox MA.
- June, 2015 (The Elemental Journey)
- September 2015 (Focus on Place)
- January 2016 (Focus on People)
- June 2016 (From Her-story to Your Story)
- “Write the Change You Want to See in the World.” Writing workshop for women co-led with Jana Laiz, held at Simon's Rock, August 2016.
- “The Butterfly Effect: How Cultivating Leadership in Women and Girls Can Change the
World.” Invited talk. The Tuesday Club, Stockbridge, November 2015.